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October 15th, 2015

Clinton, Sanders put on a show for grown-ups

    Hillary Clinton came out smiling. She used her opening statement in the first debate of Democratic candidates Tuesday to remind people of her not-always-apparent humanity: She's grandmother to a 1-year-old, and also a mother, daughter, and on and on. Paid family and medical leave? She's for it.

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A bipartisan marijuana myth

    It seems that no presidential debate this year would be complete without denunciations of the drug laws, which, it is alleged, result in long prison terms for thousands of people, disproportionately African Americans, who are guilty only of low-level offenses, thus fueling "mass incarceration."

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Will This Documentary Change Everything?

    Writer Naomi Klein and her filmmaker husband Avi Lewis lucked out with the release of their new documentary, This Changes Everything. This film about why humanity must kick our fossil-fuel habit before it wrecks the planet arrived at an ideal time.

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October 14th

Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Con

    When “The Social Network” came out in 2010, I wrote a column praising it for the way it captured the obsessional quality that marks great entrepreneurs.

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Planned Parenthood's PR bonanza (Thanks, Congress)

    Planned Parenthood couldn’t have gotten better publicity if it paid for it.

    On TV: a telegenic, smart and calm executive pushed, goaded and constantly interrupted by bulldozers in suits.

    In print: good information about what Planned Parenthood does, unfiltered by anti-abortion propagandists.

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A Foxy, Rowdy Republican Debate

    The first question to Chris Christie was about the nine credit downgrades that New Jersey had suffered since he became its governor.

    Ben Carson was reminded of his domestic-policy blunders, of his foreign-policy blunders, of a whole raft of loopy statements that raise serious questions about how well he understands the country and globe. Could he reassure voters?

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A Pope for All Species

    We all know that Pope Francis cares deeply for the marginalized, but did you realize that his compassion bridges the species barrier? He suggests that animals will go to heaven and that the Virgin Mary “grieves for the sufferings” even of mistreated livestock.

    “Eternal life will be a shared experience of awe, in which each creature, resplendently transfigured, will take its rightful place,” he has written.

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A Socialist and a Survivor Square Off

    A debate without Donald Trump.

    Is that even possible?

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Benghazi probe missed the chance to get it right

    Plenty of new evidence surfaced over the weekend about how political the House Select Committee on Benghazi is. While everyone was shocked, shocked to hear that such a thing could happen in the House of Representatives, it's important to draw a distinction here.

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Court's challenge is what's law and what's right

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