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October 23rd, 2015

Trump's crazy tariffs

    All right, let's take Donald Trump seriously. Instead of ridiculing his hair, judge the man on his ideas, especially his business-oriented plans for rekindling the U.S. economy.

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Jim Webb's 'culture' war

    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, feeling disrespected at CNN's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, says he's dropping out to consider running as an independent. That's his right, but I wonder whether anyone will notice.

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Joe Biden's dignity

    It was a withdrawal speech that sounded like an announcement speech, and it perfectly captured the aching ambivalence of Joe Biden.

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State gun laws upheld, but logic is complicated

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The blame lies with the terrorists

    Is Jeb Bush justified in claiming his brother "kept us safe" from terrorism? Obviously not.

    Let me be clear: It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks. That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 19 evil young men, most of them Saudi nationals, who hijacked airplanes, turned them into missiles and killed 3,000 Americans.

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As in 'The Martian,' NASA should boldly go to China

    When Matt Damon is rescued from Mars in this fall's sci-fi blockbuster, "The Martian," an assist from the Chinese space program is critical to getting the American home. The plot twist is heart-warming -- not to mention about as far-fetched as a large-scale manned Mars mission.

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The tuition debate

    One of the things that the Bern and the Hill agree on is that the government should do more to help Americans access life's necessities. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton both support, for instance, putting tuition at public colleges and universities on the taxpayers', rather than students', dime.

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Costly quest to fix failing schools

    When Dale Russakoff began writing about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to help fix the failing schools in Newark, N.J., she assumed she would end up telling an uplifting story of transformational change.

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Football and Gaming, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    They worship at the high altar of football. They're everywhere. I don't give a fig about football, but the cult surrounds me. In the offseason, the devotees were stomping the floor over Tom Brady and a football's air pressure. They demanded to know my opinion on the matter. That I had none amazed them.

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Try not to be blinded by big, scary numbers

    Today I am going to indulge in a pet peeve of mine, one that I hope you will find helpful. It's about a bias called denominator blindness and it is the scourge of anyone who has even the most rudimentary understanding of mathematics in the real world.

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