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Do any of the GOP's proposals exhibit a willingness to make the kind of changes it will need to attract members of the growing groups that it has spent years antagonizing, such as Hispanics, Asian Americans, unmarried women, secular whites, and others? You’ve heard the expression “putting lipstick on a pig,” haven’t you?

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A “toxic mix of rage and delusion, and its concomitant sense of oppression, have become the defining political features of much of white America today,” writes Harper’s Magazine columnist Kevin Baker, on observing the conservative reaction to the re-election of President Barack Obama this week.

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To avoid repeating a scandal like his predecessor’s, George W. Bush gave career lawyers in the Justice Department far-reaching authority to choose who got presidential pardons. The result: Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a pardon, even when the type of crime and severity of sentence are taken into account.Whites are nearly four times as likely as minorities to win a presidential pardon.

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A South African white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche, was allegedly murdered by two farmhands in the northwest region of the country, eliciting cries of protest from his far-right followers and a plea for calm from the country's black president, Jacob Zuma.

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