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Interracial marriage grows in a divided country

In 1958, three years before an interracial union produced Barack Obama, 4 percent of Americans told Gallup that they approved of interracial marriage. Like Obama, the U.S. has traveled a long, long way since then. Approval of interracial marriage hit 87 percent in Gallup’s 2013 survey.

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Why the Trump White House is so leaky

Historians will tell you that Adolf Hitler was not plagued by leakers and anonymous sources within his government. Joseph Goebbels did not routinely race to the Frankfurter Zeitung to plant embarrassing or inconvenient information about the boss. Stalin, likewise, didn’t rail against anonymous saboteurs within his inner circle. Well, maybe he did now that I think about it, but he usually allayed such concerns by having those people killed or sent to the Gulag. But he didn’t kill them for leaking to the press, because there was no press in any meaningful sense to leak to.

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Trump his own worst enemy, needs to release tax records

President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office. That is a better record than some feared. It is a better record than he himself promised many times during the campaign. In addition to expressing contempt for a sitting federal judge due to his ethnicity (which Trump stooped to because the judge issued a ruling against him personally), he also volunteered that he would order the U.S. military to torture suspects.

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Judas, tax cuts and the Great Betrayal

The denarius, ancient Rome’s silver coin, was supposedly the daily wage of a manual worker. If so, the tax cuts that the richest 1 percent of Americans will receive if the Affordable Care Act is repealed – tax cuts that are, obviously, the real reason for repeal – would amount to the equivalent of around 500 pieces of silver each year.

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Trump move erodes independence of law enforcement

It’s not a constitutional crisis. Technically, President Donald Trump was within his constitutional rights Tuesday when he fired FBI Director James Comey. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is part of the executive branch, not an independent agency. But the firing did violate a powerful unwritten norm: that the director serves a 10-year, nonrenewable term and is fired only for good cause.

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FBI chief’s calculations favored Republicans

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told a Senate hearing on Wednesday that he faced an ugly choice during the final days of the 2016 election. He could choose either “speak” or “conceal.” He could reveal that the previously concluded investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails had been reopened. Or he could conceal it (while knowing that one of his own agents might leak the news).