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Last week I recommended the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” which touched briefly on the “Truth and Reconciliation” commission established by Nelson Mandela and chaired by Bishop Desmond Tutu. Whites who had committed atrocities against the black majority during apartheid would be forgiven if they came forward and took responsibility by detailing their crimes—confessing fully to shed light on what had happened in order to move forward without revenge in the new society Mandela was shaping.

 
 
Now comes Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute, former education columnist for the …

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From the Daily Mail

They went in search evidence of the world’s melting ice caps, but instead a team of climate scientists have been forced to abandon their mission … because the Antarctic ice is thicker than usual at this time of year.

 
 
The scientists have been stuck aboard the stricken MV Akademik Schokalskiy since Christmas Day, with repeated sea rescue attempts being abandoned as icebreaking ships failed to reach them.
Now that effort has been ditched, with experts admitting the ice is just too thick. Instead the crew have built an icy …

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The National Review reports:

Crony capitalism — the highly profitable alliance between Big Business, K Street, and the federal government — is a frequent topic of scorn for Republican critics of President Obama. But while crony capitalism has certainly flourished under the Obama administration, the GOP hasn’t exactly gone out of its way to combat the trend.

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USA Today reports:The new year will bring tough new health care decisions for many businesses, especially those that are too small to easily absorb new costs and too big to think about dropping coverage, experts say.These midsize businesses, particular…

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The CTA worked with Cubic on the methodology for establishing the lost-fare estimate, Steele said, and “they indicated they will provide us reimbursement for those free rides.” CTA President Forrest Claypool announced on Nov. 5 that he would not dump …