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" Bill Clinton left office with a more than 60% approval rating. "
" Barack Obama wants teacher service scholarships. "
" Across much of the developing world, by the time she is 12, a girl is tending house, cooking, cleaning. She eats what's left after the men and boys have eaten; she is less likely to be vaccinated, to see a doctor, to attend school. "
" Decision making in a democracy depends above all on knowledge and not just the intel available to presidents and policymakers. "
" We've seen what happens when it serves a president's interest to flaunt his faith - which is almost inevitably does, since every poll affirms that Americans want their leader to submit to some higher power. "
" Sometimes justice is at its most merciful when it's blind. "
" Just because we eat together does not mean we eat right: Domino's alone delivers a million pizzas on an average day. "
" Terror works like a musical composition, so many instruments, all in tune, playing perfectly together to create their desired effect. Sorrow and horror and fear. "
" What cultural DNA remains from those first Puritan forays onto American soil may be our love of a fresh start. "
" After the 1960s and '70s, there were real doubts about whether a mortal man could handle the country's highest office. It had destroyed Johnson, corrupted Nixon, and overwhelmed Ford and Carter. "
" Summer is not obligatory. We can start an infernally hard jigsaw puzzle in June with the knowledge that, if there are enough rainy days, we may just finish it by Labor Day, but if not, there's no harm, no penalty. We may have better things to do. "
" Once a conflict has dragged on for a decade, most people are tired of war - and the troubles that flow from it. "
" All great rebellions are born of private acts of civil disobedience that inspire rebel bands to plot together. "
" The one problem with the Internet for journalists who like doing long form is that any story that's going to involve 16 screens on the web page... that's asking a lot of people. "
" Today's kids aren't taking up arms against their parents; they're too busy texting them. "
" It's funny how things change slowly, until the day we realize they've changed completely. "
" When you are a media celebrity, every word you speak is dissected, as are those you choose not to speak. "
" George W. Bush, though a president's son, is cast as Reagan's heir even more than his father's. "
" Rand Paul does not like being compared to his father Ron any more than sons named Bush like to dance in their father's shadow, but the crucial difference is that while the Bushes all hail from the relative mainstream of the GOP, the Pauls have an ideological tributary virtually to themselves. "
" I have two daughters: One an open book, one a locked box. So the question of privacy is a challenging one. How much do kids need? How much should we give? How do we prepare them to live in a world where the very notion of privacy opens a generational chasm? "
" Members of royal families are born into a world of indulgence and entitlement, and the princelings who grow up that way may never have to develop any discipline. "
" The real luxury travel of the modern age is not through space; it's through time. "
" Americans are grateful for the connection and convenience their phones provide, helping them search for a lower price, navigate a strange city, expand a customer base or track their health and finances, their family and friends. "
" The millennials were raised in a cocoon, their anxious parents afraid to let them go out in the park to play. So should we be surprised that they learned to leverage technology to build community, tweeting and texting and friending while their elders were still dialing long-distance? "
" In the case of the classic Western helicopter parent, it starts with Baby Einstein and reward charts for toilet training, and it never really ends, which is why colleges have to devote so many resources to teaching parents how to leave their kids alone. "
" There may be no less original idea than the notion that our hearts hold dominion over our heads. "
" Emotional life grows out of an area of the brain called the limbic system, specifically the amygdala, whence come delight and disgust and fear and anger. "
" Runners exalt the marathon as a public test of private will, when months or years of solitary training, early mornings, lost weekends, rain and pain mature into triumph or surrender. That's one reason the race-day crowds matter, the friends who come to cheer and stomp and flap their signs and push the runners on. "
" Making distinctions is part of learning. So is making mistakes. "
" Enter politics, and you enter the glass house; there are no secrets and no places to hide. "
" Rooting from the sidelines is the most democratic of sporting rites: no skyboxes, no tickets required, just an unabashed will to holler and wave. "