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October 18th, 2015

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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Not drinking the Kool-Aid on Afghanistan this time

    This time, I'm not touching the Kool-Aid.

    Yes, back in 2003, I did chug a glass full of the stuff, and asked for more, when then-Secretary of State Colin Powell told the U.N. Security Council that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that something had to be done - like a war. How could Powell's declaration not have been true?

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Markets ostracize VW; consumers pile in, not on

    The September sales numbers are in, and Volkswagen has shown healthy growth in Europe. It was easy to assume the German carmaker's reputation would be heavily affected by its cheating on emissions tests, but car buyers appear to be defying that assumption, aided by VW's generous discounts. Perhaps Warren Buffet's adage, "It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it," doesn't really apply to the formidable reputation German engineers enjoy.

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I'm a responsible gun owner, so I destroyed my gun

    I am a responsible gun owner.

    I bought my first gun when I was 12. It was a Browning 12-gauge shotgun, and I saved money from my paper route and cleaning a drive-in restaurant to buy it in time for dove season. In the years before I could legally drive, I'd tie the Browning across the handlebars of my bike and ride to the fields outside town to hunt.

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Government-backed mortgage lenders are the definition of too big to fail. Too bad we need them more than ever.

    If there's one thing with which most of Washington has long agreed, it's this: Fannie and Freddie must die.

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