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Froma Harrop: Racing through nature

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg The story of a young man's speed-hiking the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail has raised some environmentalist eyebrows, albeit only slightly. He was racing from California's border with Mexico to Washington state's with Canada.

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Robert B. Reich: The disease of American democracy

robert-reich-c.jpg Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near-record low. The president's approval ratings are also in the basement.

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Lawrence Kudlow: Gov. Perry still looks strong

Kudlow-c.jpg The so-called "abuse of power" indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not only not going to hurt him in the 2016 GOP sweepstakes but it might actually help him. I say that because Perry immediately fired back at the charges with no hesitation, labeling the indictment the partisan political ploy that it really is.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: What's next in Ferguson? Let's try a little education

leonard-pitts.jpg What next? That's what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals, and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African Americans by the criminal injustice system? Not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but in America?

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Catherine Rampell: Here comes Entrepreneur Barbie

catherine-rampell.jpg WASHINGTON -- Lego's groundbreaking female-scientists set sold out almost immediately after it was released this month. But never fear, fans of feminist toys: A new Barbie doll, now in stock, is also shattering the plastic ceiling.

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Mona Charen: Cameras and more cameras

charen-c.jpg The Ferguson, Missouri police department released convenience store surveillance tape that showed Michael Brown allegedly stealing some cigars minutes before he was shot by a police officer. Aware that the release of this footage might look like posthumous character assassination of the shooting victim, Captain Ronald Johnson of the Ferguson police explained that the tape was released pursuant to freedom of information requests.

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Rich Lowry: The Ferguson melodrama

Rich-Lowry_C.jpg Even if the police in Ferguson, Missouri, are the brutal occupying force alleged by the protestors there, what do local shop owners have to do with it?

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Ferguson police arrest reporters for reporting

leonard-pitts.jpg Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night.

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John Kass: Trip to becoming empty-nesters went too fast

John-Kass.jpg They don't talk about the quiet in the house. Instead friends tell you all the fun you'll have together, all the freedom you'll finally achieve, once your kids are gone away to college.

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Scott Rasmussen: Ferguson looks like a war zone

Rasmussen-Scott.jpg The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened.

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