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October 16th, 2015

One who lost Democratic debate wasn't even there

    You could sum up the first Democratic debate in two sentences: Bernie Sanders had a good night. Hillary Clinton had a great night.

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No tipping means more great restaurants

    The decision of New York restaurant owner Danny Meyer to eliminate tipping in his establishments goes against the American tradition; but, if it's more universally accepted in the U.S., it might give consumers something to cheer about.

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Kill the new cruise missile

    Because they can be launched without warning and come in both nuclear and conventional variants, cruise missiles are a uniquely destabilizing type of weapon. President Obama can lead the world to a stabler and safer future by canceling plans for a new U.S. nuclear-capable cruise missile. Moreover, taking such a step - which would not diminish the formidable U.S. nuclear deterrent in the least - could lay the foundation for a global ban on these dangerous weapons.

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Gun safety's middle ground

    In the wake of yet another mass shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, conservative commentators have largely resisted the familiar impulse to suggest that more guns are the solution to gun violence. Instead, writers such as The Post's Charles Krauthammer have shifted to an even starker prescription for the endless procession of mass shootings in the United States: Do nothing.

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Guess Who Else Is a Socialist?

    One of the side benefits of a well-watched national political debate is the exposure it brings to something obscure and forgotten — like Denmark. Who doesn’t love a country that gave us a dish of frikadeller and rugbrod to go with paid parental leave and universal health care?

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Glass-Steagall is a debate Democrats don't need

    Democrats have gotten themselves entangled in a nasty, complicated and ultimately unnecessary debate over an obscure financial law that Congress repealed 16 years ago.

    The debate boils down to this: Did the elimination of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act, which erected a firewall between commercial and investment banking, cause the 2008 financial crisis?

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Democrats, Republicans and Wall Street Tycoons

    Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had an argument about financial regulation during Tuesday’s debate — but it wasn’t about whether to crack down on banks. Instead, it was about whose plan was tougher. The contrast with Republicans like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, who have pledged to reverse even the moderate financial reforms enacted in 2010, couldn’t be stronger.

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October 15th

Democrats Have Become the Party of 'Normal'

    Who "won" the Democratic debate? The Democratic Party won. All the presidential candidates, from the most flamboyant to the most contained, talked seriously about issues, even straying from liberal orthodoxy.

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Clinton wins, Sanders scores

    At some point during Tuesday night's Democratic debate, many people in living rooms across the country undoubtedly turned to each other with the same basic thought about Hillary Clinton: Oh, so that's why she's the front-runner.

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Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

    I’ve written at least 75 columns on gun control over the years. It might have been as many as 100.

    Every time some demented loser would haul a gun — usually some sort of automatic — into a public place and lay waste around him (it’s always a him), I would get on my soapbox and excoriate the National Rifle Association, gun dealers, and our cowardly politicians for letting this outrage go on unchecked.

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