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A hater's guide to Hillary

July 24, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

IF IT WAS said once during the Republican National Convention, it was said a thousand times: The only thing that unites the GOP is its hatred for Hillary Clinton.

A chasm separates the party's pro- and anti-Trump camps, the outward-looking Reaganites from the build-a-wall isolationists, the "Lyin' Ted" Cruz attackers from the "Lion Ted" Cruz admirers. But they all agree that they loathe Clinton. And that leaves liberals dumbfounded.

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Failure of Turkey's coup was no victory for democracy

July 20, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

"DEMOCRACY IS like a streetcar," said Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was the mayor of Istanbul in the 1990s. "When you come to your stop, you get off."

Erdogan got off the democracy streetcar quite a few stops back. As the leader of an Islamist political party, the AKP, Erdogan was careful to demonstrate a commitment to democratic norms when he first won office as prime minister in 2003. But the more entrenched his power has grown — the AKP won general elections in in 2007 and 2011, and Erdogan was chosen as president in 2014 — the further those democratic norms have receded.

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Real debates illuminate issues. Presidential 'debates' debase them

July 17, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

ONE OF the country's most experienced political commentators, a senior columnist at The New York Times, bemoans the disgraceful spectacles that presidential debates have turned into. "These high-stakes showdowns," he writes, "are gushing fountains of misinformation, disinformation, posturing, prevarication, and puerility."

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Making college 'free' will only make it worse

July 13, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

LIKE SANTA CLAUS and time travel, "free" college tuition sounds great in theory but doesn't actually exist in real life. For much of the past year, Bernie Sanders's promise to make public higher education free for all attracted multitudes of enthusiastic supporters to his presidential campaign. Last week Hillary Clinton embraced most of the Sanders proposal, paving the way for him to formally endorse her on Tuesday and, she hopes, to convince voters who #FeltTheBern in the primaries to back her in November.

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Lottery games online? Scratch that idea

July 10, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

JEN FLANAGAN is distressed. The state senator from Leominster, a 40-year-old Democrat, is worried that not enough young people are wasting their money on gambling. The Massachusetts State Lottery offers an abundance of games designed to separate players from their dollars — among them, Megabucks, Powerball, Keno, and Mass Cash, not to mention an endless supply of scratch tickets in denominations ranging from $1 to $30 — but millennials aren't playing as much as Flanagan thinks they should.

"Young people have the lowest participation rates, and these continue to decline," she writes with concern. "Simply put, millennials don't play the lottery."

Why? Because they can't do it online.

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