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These Times

Note: I’m taking three weeks off of paid labor, so this space will be filled with reruns of some favorite columns. The following ran in the Jan. 14, 2021, edition. Fresh, unfocused-group content returns June 27.

“It’s coming to America first, The cradle of the best and of the worst.” — “Democracy,” Leonard Cohen

OLYMPIA — In the midafternoon of Jan. 6, a day that will live in infamy — and reverence — across our schizoid nation, I was in the parking lot on the south side of the state Capitol having a post-insurrection chat with my friend Mike.

It was 4 p.m., just a few minutes after the last wh...


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