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Rekha Basu: For women, sports are a ticket to freedom

Sports are usually described in terms of their artistry and technique, the ticket sales they generate and the cultlike status of their top scorers. But for young women denied basic freedoms of movement, dress and self-determination, sports can also be a ticket to freedom and a form of political resistance.

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David Brooks: Gratitude helps make our meritocracy work

We live in a capitalist meritocracy that encourages individualism and utilitarianism, ambition and pride. But this society would fall apart if not for another economy, one in which gifts surpass expectations, in which insufficiency is acknowledged and dependence celebrated. Gratitude is the ability to see and appreciate this other almost magical economy.

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Paul Krugman: Wake up Jeb Bush; tell him Medicare’s doing OK

Medicare turns 50 this week, and it has been a very good half-century. Before the program went into effect, Ronald Reagan warned that it would destroy American freedom; it didn’t, as far as anyone can tell. What it did do was provide a huge improvement in financial security for seniors and their families, and in many cases it has literally been a lifesaver as well.

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