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Marion Barry Dies: What It Was Like to Report on the Mayor for Life

newrepublic.com — Marion Barry was many things to many people-a hero, a scoundrel, a deeply flawed but ultimately admirable man, a tragic figure who snorted and screwed away his great potential. But for me, as a news- and politics-obsessed kid growing up in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s, Barry was first and foremost the greatest show on earth.

Segregation Lives On in University of Alabama's Sorority Row

newrepublic.com — On the first day of sorority rush last September, Melody Twilley woke up and could not find her lavender nail polish. This constituted a bit of an emergency. The night before, Twilley, an 18-year-old student at the University of Alabama, had borrowed a blue and purple slip dress with spaghetti straps from one of her roommates; the lavender nail polish, in her opinion, was essential to completing the outfit.

Harris Wofford, the 20th Century's Most Serendipitous Man

newrepublic.com — History will show that Harris Wofford did not split the wood that blazed during Franklin Roosevelt's fireside chats. He had no hand in Watergate or in Iran-Contra, nor did he pilot the fighter jet that deposited George W. Bush on the deck of the aircraft carrier from which he declared, "Mission Accomplished."

Don't Fire UNC Coach Roy Williams Over the Paper Classes Scandal

newrepublic.com — What did Roy Williams know and when did he know it? That's the question on the minds of many college sports fans (or at least college sports scandal fans) these days.

John Barrow's 2014 Midterm Loss Is End of White Southern Democrats

newrepublic.com — Not long after the polls closed on Tuesday night, Georgia Congressman John Barrow earned his place in history when he lost his reelection campaign to Republican Rick Allen by almost 10 points-a peculiar place he undoubtedly didn't want.

Kay Hagan's Defeat Hurts the Most in the 2014 Midterms

newrepublic.com — Bessie Yarborough wanted to see Kay Hagan about some tennis shoes. It was two weeks before Election Day and she'd come to Wilber's Barbecue in Goldsboro for a campaign event for the North Carolina senator. For seven months, Yarborough, a 73-year-old African-American woman and retired substitute teacher, had been wearing out her shoes by going door-to-door for Hagan.

Tisei, Moulton Race in Mass. Is Rare Choice of Two Great Candidates

newrepublic.com — If there's one thing our deeply polarized electorate can agree on this election season, it's this: What a shame that someone has to win.

North Carolina's Hagan-Tillis Senate Race Is GOP Wave Bellwether

newrepublic.com — If you turn on a television in North Carolina right now, there's a good chance that among the more than $50 million worth of ads for the U.S. Senate race, you'll see this one from Thom Tillis.

Uncommon Ground | New Republic

newrepublic.com — In May, The Boston Globe conducted a poll to find out what Bostonians think of their city's mayor, Tom Menino. Most of the questions were common to public-opinion surveys about elected officials: Do you approve or disapprove of the way he is doing his job? Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of him?

Martha Coakley Isn't Choking in the Massachusetts Governor Race

newrepublic.com — There's always been a predetermined quality to Martha Coakley's campaign for Massachusetts governor-with pundits and politicos just waiting for her to fall on her face so that they can flash the "choke" sign. Having so badly blown her run for the U.S.
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Dec 22, 2014

RT @jbasher: My dad was murdered 26 years ago today. I hope you'll take a minute to read this 1988 Times column about his life. nytimes.com/1988/12/30/us/…

Dec 22, 2014

It's so sad that the author--and apparently lots of his readers--view this article as revelatory. gawker.com/justine-sacco-…

Dec 21, 2014

Thank you, @longform, for the pick; and thank you, @gpveis, for the excellent editing longform.org/lists/best-of-…

Dec 21, 2014

.@SethDavisHoops If only you followed me on Twitter: I spent most of last March mea culpa'ing. (Well played, btw.)

Dec 21, 2014

RT @SethDavisHoops: I wonder if @zengerle is ever going to write a mea culpa for calling Calipari's philosophy a failure. newrepublic.com/article/117094…

Dec 12, 2014

Was honored to be @AlecMacGillis's colleague @tnr (and, for the last week, in unemployment), but I'm thrilled he's going to @slate.

Dec 09, 2014

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Dec 09, 2014

Put another way @mtomasky is telling Democrats to ignore the "fetid place" where 55% of African-Americans live. thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

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