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October 20th, 2015

Iran Boycotts World’s Largest Book Fair

    Iran is boycotting the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade convention for publishers and vendors.

    The six-day convention, which ends Sunday, brought more than 7,400 exhibitors from 100 countries. Attendance is more than 300,000.

    The reason for the boycott?

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Will Hillary Clinton Be Pilloried by Benghazi Committee?

    Hillary Clinton is wrong about the Benghazi committee.

    It’s not the longest-running special congressional investigation ever, as the Hillary campaign tweeted. According to PolitiFact, other congressional probes have lasted a lot longer than 17 months, including hearings on the conduct of the Civil War (40 months) and the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. (30 months).

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An Admissions Surprise From the Ivy League

    As the country struggles to address extreme income inequality and inadequate social mobility, the most venerated colleges are increasingly examining their piece of that puzzle: How can they better identify and enroll gifted, promising students from low-income families, lessening the degree to which campuses perpetuate privilege and making them better engines of advancement?

    That discussion just took an interesting turn.

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October 19th

The Republican establishment's weak tea

    The narrative about the 2016 presidential campaign focuses on angry discontent in the American electorate. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have a plausible explanation for what lies behind this unhappiness. The only Republican acting as if he has a working theory of his own is Donald Trump.

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October 18th

No end in sight for U.S. role in Afghanistan

    President Obama's hope of ending America's "perpetual war footing" has taken a body blow in his decision to increase and extend the nation's troop presence in Afghanistan, past his previously promised withdrawal by the end of next year.

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Finally, Hillary is 'likeable enough'

    Election campaigns are a series of moments, won or lost by individual candidates. Which brings us to the question, what was your favorite moment in the Democrats' first presidential debate of 2015?

    Some folks say it was the moment Vermont's self-described "democratic socialist" Sen. Bernie Sanders gave front-runner Hillary Clinton a gift by saying he had heard more than enough about her "damn emails."

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Clinton embraces her gender

    You know something has changed in the state of gender and politics when the Democratic front-runner jokingly alludes to the, er, plumbing differences that necessitated a longer-than-planned mid-debate bathroom break.

    "It does take me a little longer," Hillary Clinton told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

    This is not your Clinton 2008 campaign.

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October 17th

What Happened to Working Women?

    Japan now has a higher proportion of working women than we do. I’m trying to get my head around this fact.

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Saudi Arabia is waging an oil war with Russia

    As President Vladimir Putin tries to restore Russia as a major player in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is starting to attack on Russia's traditional stomping ground by supplying lower-priced crude oil to Poland.

    At a recent investment forum, Igor Sechin, chief executive of Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil company, complained about the Saudis' entry into the Polish market. "They're dumping actively," he said.

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Risky crowd-funded inventions aren't scams

    The laser razor sounded too good to be true. And sure enough, Kickstarter, the leading crowdfunding platform, kicked the budding business off its site this week after backers pledged $4 million. The fundraising campaign continues on another platform, Indiegogo, raising questions about the definition of crowd-funding fraud and even whether it is possible.

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