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October 30th, 2014

IBM's big blues

    Big Blue's got the blues. On Monday, IBM's stock tumbled by 7 percent after it unveiled a dismal quarterly earnings report that showed a 4 percent drop in revenue - the 10th consecutive quarter of flat or declining sales. Revealing these mournful numbers, the company also announced it would abandon a policy that set it apart from all other firms: the 2010 pledge from then-CEO Sam Palmisano to raise the earnings per share of its stock to $20 by 2015.

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Cowardly Democratic Senate candidates

    Maybe you had the same reaction. I've been around politics for 30 years, but I don't remember seeing anything as dumb as Kentucky Democrat Alison Grimes' refusal to say whether or not she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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Canada Can Be Tough on Immigration

    Two years ago, Jeffrey Niehaus was a popular teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. An American, Niehaus had applied for permanent residency in Canada. But Canada turned him down. The reason? The psychology professor's 4-year-old son, Kurt, had autism. Treating autism would have been too costly for the government's health care system.

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You Just Got ‘Richsplained’

    Tiffany Beroid, a mother and Wal-Mart employee in Laurel, Maryland, was forced to drop out of college because of her employer’s low wages and erratic scheduling practices.

    When she spoke out about the problems she faced, Wal-Mart fired her.

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When Ebola turns to 'fearbola'

    We must pay attention to the mistakes of history, some wise person once said, so we can do a better job of making them in the future. That's how I feel during the current Ebola crisis when I see how well we Americans seem to be repeating the mistakes of the AIDS epidemic.

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What Women Want

    Women are big this election season. No group is more courted. It's great! The issues are important. Plus, we all enjoy the occasional pander.

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Wal-Mart Scrooges Us All

    Gosh, time flies when it’s pushed along by a jet stream of greed.

    It seems like only yesterday that Wal-Mart announced, with much self-congratulatory fanfare, that the super-rich retailing colossus wasn’t a scrooge after all.

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The Real Public Health Threat

    As airlines, cruise ships, and hospitals cope with waves of Ebola jitters, I’m wondering whether the panic the deadly virus is inducing will distort Halloween traditions this year.

    No, I’m not talking about Ebola-related costumes.

    There are real precautions we must take, but at this point the Ebola hysteria is overblown.

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The night Richard Nixon called Ben Bradlee's house

    A friend once remarked that Ben Bradlee was "a man's man," to which my wife replied, "he's also quite a woman's man."

    Woman or man, it was hard to find anyone as engaging and fun to be around as Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who died Tuesday night at age 93. 

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Paying for Cheap Chocolate

    One Halloween, my husband persuaded our kids to give away most of the candy they’d just collected while trick-or-treating. They were preschoolers and the house we were renting then had previously drawn teens with haunted tours.

    We’d run out of candy when a stream of teens showed up at our underwhelmingly spooky doorstep, shaking badly decorated pillow cases and looking disappointed.

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