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October 23rd, 2015

Ben Carson's odd take on the Constitution

    So far as I know, no neurosurgeon has ever written a book about the U.S. Constitution. But then again, no neurosurgeon has ever made a serious run for the presidency. Combining personal graciousness and plain exposition with some wild right-wing clichés, Ben Carson's new volume, "A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties," tells us a lot about the sources of his appeal. Like the man himself, the book is not what you might expect.

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Are You Sure You Want the Job?

    Having watched all the debates and seen all these people running for president, I can’t suppress the thought: Why would anyone want this job now? Do you people realize what’s going on out there? Barack Obama’s hair hasn’t gone early gray for nothing. I mean, Air Force One is great and all, but it now comes with Afghanistan, ISIS and the Republican Freedom Caucus — not to mention a lot of people, places and things all coming unstuck at once.

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Woodward's latest Nixon chronicle captures creepiness of doomed president

    Author and investigative reporter Bob Woodward likes to call the Watergate saga "the gift that keeps on giving," and it certainly has been that for him.

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Syria: who are we fighting, and why?

    An awful lot of people think about foreign relations the way they think about football. That is, they view the United States as the beloved home team, perennially competing for victories in a season that never ends.

    Trumpism, you could call it. To hear him talk, you'd think his followers' personal prestige and happiness depended upon Team America being ranked No. 1.

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And now, the real test for Canada's left

    For almost a decade, Canadians of a certain stripe have complained that their country could do great things again -- if only it weren't for Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Monday's election offers the chance to find out if that's true.

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U.S. ambassador knew the risks of visiting Benghazi

    Why was U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in a lawless Benghazi with minimal personal protection on Sept. 11, 2012, knowing the added security risk of being there on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks?

    That should be a starting point for Thursday's appearance of former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

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When Your Teacher Asks If You Want Fries with That

    When it comes to predatory marketing to children, nobody’s lovin’ it like McDonald’s.

    In addition to selling unhealthy food, the chain lures kids in with toys and a playground — and its spokesperson is a clown. But it’s the fast food giant’s marketing to captive audiences at schools that really takes the cake.

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Seriously, Trump will not become president

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An Awfully Bitter Brew

    Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall/ 99 bottles of beer/ Take one down, pass it around… only one bottle of beer on the wall.

    Most people never sang that old song all the way to the end. But one multinational brewing corporation is finally ready to belt out the last verse.

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The NRA will fall

    The recent deadly shooting at an Oregon community college, like so many before it, isn't likely to lead to new federal laws designed to curb dangerous people's access to guns. While this understandably frustrates supporters of gun safety legislation, there is reason for them to be hopeful. The National Rifle Association's days of being a political powerhouse may be numbered.

    Why? The answer is in the numbers.

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