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Torture violates US values

Blame it on Hollywood. Too many spy movies and post-9/11 television dramas featured a hard-charging protagonist whose mission is to stop the evil-doers by any means necessary. Torture is an oft-used weapon in his arsenal. Just think of “24’s” Jack Bauer, who rarely paused before subjecting … Click here to continue --->

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Eric Garner’s death a crime

No expressions of sympathy or regret can resurrect Eric Garner, the New York City man killed by police in July. Garner died after an officer placed him in what appears to be a chokehold during an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, an offense not usually regarded as a capital … Click here to continue --->

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Cliff Huxtable is long gone

Until last week, TVLand allowed me a pleasant half-hour escape to a heart-warming, 1980s-era comedy that showcased an affluent black family living in Brooklyn, the Huxtables. Anchored by well-educated, professional parents — the father an obstetrician, the mother an attorney — the family … Click here to continue --->

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GOP doesn’t care about jobs

As Democrats lick their wounds from last week’s electoral bloodbath, political analysts are poring over exit data to discern the message in Republicans’ resounding victory. Are voters unhappy with President Obama? Clearly. But the underlying dissatisfaction abroad in the land centers around … Click here to continue --->

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Obamacare is here to stay

You've heard of Obamacare, right? It’s that disastrous, costly and intrusive policy that President Obama and his fellow Democrats rammed down the throats of Congress back in 2010 — a failed plan that conservative Republicans have pledged to “repeal and replace.” According to its critics, … Click here to continue --->