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WASHINGTON — America, this is not a drill. The Reichstag is burning.

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In the second half of the 20th century, from 1950 to 2000, Black people in the United States experienced much larger income gains than whites did. The group that had the largest income gains, by far, was Black women. Their incomes nearly doubled over that period (after inflation). The race g…

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I awoke this morning in a different place. Everything is new. I rose around 3: a.m. and walked straight into a wall. I thought for a moment that I broke my nose. I did not. Everything is unfamiliar, yet this is our new home.

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Last week, America’s West Coast found itself on fire. Millions of acres have burned across California, Oregon and Washington. The smoke clouds have been so immense they have blotted out the sun in certain areas; air quality has been so poor hundreds of thousands of people have been forced indoors.

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WASHINGTON — I have never been as disgusted with our politics, and with my profession, as I was this weekend.

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There’s secret, top-secret, code-word-secret — and then there’s whatever President Donald Trump’s healthcare plan is.

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When I was young, there was a TV show called “The Millionaire.” It was the story of a rich man who dropped a million dollars on unexpected people and the joys and sorrows that resulted. Mostly the show had happy examples, but we have all seen how money can warp people. A few years ago, I wro…

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So I went back to grade school and attended the first day of class with my grandson. It was easy. There was no commuting or school bus. My grandson, a Chicago Public School student, started first grade this past week — remotely. He is holed up in our Michigan cottage in one of our bedrooms a…

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WASHINGTON — In his account last week of President Donald Trump’s relationship with the military, the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg described the commander in chief’s 2017 Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

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On Aug. 23, 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer. The original video, which only included the last moments of the incident, gave no context for the incident. But further video and police reports made clear what happened.

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It was the fall of 1964. I was a first-year law student at Northwestern University. We would have four courses that year, all four running both semesters. One was criminal law. That area of the law had more familiarity to the average student than some of the more arcane ones like torts and c…

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I heard once that the first half of our life is spent accumulating things, while the second half is getting rid of those very same things. In our case, time has been more heavily weighted to accumulation, while getting rid of them has been a more sudden and quicker event.

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In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden had this uninspiring assessment of America’s current predicament: “The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him: No miracle is coming.”

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Two Mondays ago, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden finally was forced to confront the left-wing violence that has been plaguing America’s major cities for months on end: riots in New York; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Chicago; Portland; and Seattle, among other cities. For a full w…

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We have now watched two weeks of political blustering, totally different approaches to being elected and enough untruths to embarrass the worst of politicians. I wonder what we would have to stomach if there were a real third party this year in a serious position.

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