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We Told You So

Two months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, a group of experts and I warned the Obama campaign about the likelihood of a global economic crisis. Not the slightest word came back.

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A Victory for All of Us

We hoped we could draw attention to the injustice of the law. None of us thought we would win. But every once in a while the gods smile on the damned.

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Yes, We Can Walk and Chew Gum

Republicans now insist that America cannot simultaneously walk the walk on equal rights and also chew economic gum.

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Disco Queen and Go-Go King

The soundtrack of my youth is fading. That’s hardly an original observation, I realize, but self-indulgence is a columnist’s inalienable right and music has unique power to summon unbidden waves of nostalgia.

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Truthdigger of the Week: U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest

A decade of war on terror has created a culture of deference in which U.S. officials may restrict American civil liberties in the name of national security. This Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest bravely challenged that culture.

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The Magnetar Fallout

The hedge fund Magnetar helped create billions of dollars’ worth of collateralized debt obligations that super-charged the financial meltdown, profited the company enormously and for which it’s seen no punishment. Here’s a roundup of the known charges, settlements, and investigations that stem from those deals.

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Preying on the Poor

The poor provide a juicy target for anyone depraved enough to make a business of stealing from them. The trick is to rob them in ways that are systematic, impersonal and almost impossible to trace to individual perpetrators.

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AP/Mark Lennihan

Obama Can’t Knock the Hustle

How did we end up with such smart scoundrels? Even after it was known that Jamie Dimon’s bank blew more than $2 billion, Barack Obama still had praise for the intellect of his political backer.

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The Only True Way to Save Marriage From Obama

Across America—and particularly in the red states that have rejected gay marriage—divorce rates are continually rising, along with teen pregnancies, out-of-wedlock births and single motherhood (which somehow afflict gay-friendly blue states far less).

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The Tea Is Getting Weaker

Uh-oh! Some people are looking over the right shoulders of the Republicans who rode into the House of Representatives on the tea party wave of 2010. And they don’t like what they’re seeing.

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