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October 14th, 2015

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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Don't be the patsy in fantasy sports gambling

    "As they say in poker, If you've been in the game 30 minutes and don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy."

    -- Warren Buffett

    By now, you may have heard about the insider trading scandal at the two biggest fantasy sports companies. DraftKings employees, based on the bets they saw laid down by their clients, made a killing at competitor site FanDuel.

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Dr. Ben Carson, crackpot

    The craziest thing about the Republican presidential contest isn't that Donald Trump is in the lead. It's that Dr. Ben Carson -- who truly seems to have lost his mind -- is in second place and gaining fast.

    Trump may be a blowhard, but Carson has proved himself to be a crackpot of the first order. Of all the GOP contenders, he's the scariest.

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For Democratic candidates, here's the hard stuff

    The Democratic debate season opens Tuesday night in Las Vegas without the showbiz appeal of the Republican forums -- Donald Trump serves a purpose -- but still potentially instructive.

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Humility, self-restraint make a Nobel winner

    I can't think of a more deserving winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for economics than Angus Deaton. Indeed the award, in my view, was seriously overdue. But it's important to understand that Deaton isn't just an outstanding social scientist by the narrow standards of academic excellence. He's an exemplary scholar in other ways too.

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Hurting the Wilderness We Love

    Upon running the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in record time, a marathoner broke several rules at the finish line on top of Maine's majestic Mount Katahdin. Among them was public consumption of alcohol -- in this case, Champagne. Another was littering by shaking the bottle and spraying Champagne every which way.

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It isn't just Asian immigrants who excel in the U.S.

    In a recent column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof dared to ask the "awkward question" of why Asian-Americans have been so economically successful in the U.S. The most important reasons, he says, are hard work and a reverence for education:

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