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January 30th, 2014

Bill Gates Q&A: 'Capitalism did not eradicate smallpox'

    On Tuesday, Bill Gates released his annual letter commenting on his foundation's work. This year's edition takes aim at the "three myths" that block progress for the poor - the myth that aid doesn't work, the myth that aid is wasted and the myth that aid will just lead to overpopulation. We spoke about the three myths Tuesday morning. An edited transcript follows:

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3 Enemas Later, Still No Drugs

    If you think that protests about overzealous law enforcement are over the top, listen to what unfolded when the police suspected that David Eckert, 54, was hiding drugs in his rectum.

    Eckert is a shy junk dealer struggling to get by in Hidalgo County, N.M. He lives a working-class life, drives a 16-year-old pickup and was convicted in 2008 of methamphetamine possession.

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1; 5,000; 500,000

    If you're confused about all the turmoil in the Arab world and asking how the United States should respond, I find it useful to consider three questions:

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Train Derailments Another of Fracking’s Problems

    The derailment of a 101-car CSX freight train on a bridge in a densely-populated part of Philadelphia this past week should be yet another warning to politicians who have become cheerleaders for oil and gas fracking.

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The White House and Campus Rape

    On Wednesday, the White House announced that it was launching a new federal task force to address sexual assault on college campuses. "I've got your back," the president said to the millions of American women (the White House report put the number at 1 in 5) who are forced to have sex without their consent (the definition of rape) during their lifetimes. The president said that an "inspiring wave of student-led activism" had led to his decision, and said the task force would come back with recommendations in 90 days.

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The Penance of Glenn Beck

    This week Glenn Beck said something I agree with. (Now, there's a line I never thought I'd write.) During an interview Tuesday with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Beck reflected on his time at Fox this way:

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The Penance of Glenn Beck

    This week Glenn Beck said something I agree with. (Now, there's a line I never thought I'd write.) During an interview Tuesday with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Beck reflected on his time at Fox this way:

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Nuclear safety issue lingers

    Shades of Cold War anxiety were rekindled recently by reports that Air Force investigations were underway into alleged drug use, as well as cheating on preparedness tests, among nuclear missile launch officers working in the nation's pressure-cooker underground bunkers.

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Not Politics As Usual

    Politics is a business of back-scratching. The teller window at the political favor bank is open 24/7 for deposits and withdrawals. You raise bundles; I appoint you to an ambassadorship. You offer your private jet or vacation home; I speak at your corporate headquarters, touting your products.

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It took two to tango

    It strikes me as illogical, sexist and just plain wrong to blame former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's ruinous legal woes on his wife Maureen. She may be the one with the champagne taste, but he sipped the bubbly, too -- knowing that the family budget barely had room for beer.

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