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September 28th, 2015

The Real Debate

    There seems to be more debate offstage than on regarding the current GOP show staged by Fox and CNN. The main difference between the candidates is just a matter of degree, who can out Teaparty the Teapartiers. Do they really think that we won't remember past the primary?

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The case for pressuring Egypt's president

    The U.N. General Assembly tends to inspire grand gestures by dictators. This year's drama prize must go to Vladimir Putin, who dispatched troops and planes to Syria to set up his Monday address to the assembly. Others, however, are seeking attention. So let's save some oxygen for Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, the former general who now rules Egypt.

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‘Paging Dr. Doctivity’: Medicine Evolves Into a Business Model

    Beneath a three-column headline in my local newspaper was a barely-edited press release.

    That’s not unusual. With the downsizing of newsrooms, there’s more room for wire service soft features and press releases. But this one caught my attention.

    SystemCare Health in New Jersey promoted a graduate of a college in my town to the lofty position of Senior Director of Doctivity.

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Clinton's hands-off policy toward Sanders is a long bet - with risks

    Hillary Rodham Clinton told a longtime supporter and donor recently that she understands her friends are frustrated and worried by her slide in the polls. But the solution, she said, is not to attack the challenger who is surging as she slumps.

    "I am not going to start to take shots at Bernie Sanders," Clinton said, according to a person familiar with the exchange.

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Those Republican 'outsiders' are mainly mainstream

    The staying power of the three outsider candidates in the Republican presidential race is supposed to signal voters' yearning for fresh, bold solutions to the nation's problems.  

    So what do Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson have to offer that the conventional Republican candidates don't? The answer may surprise you.

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Pope Francis moves the needle in U.S. politics

    In Congress, even "the wave" is political. Hearing a pope for the first time in the House chamber, senators and representatives rose for standing ovations starting from the left, with the other side slowly, sometimes reluctantly, following.

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It all ends in tears for Speaker John Boehner

    Who would have thought that one of the tears that House Speaker John Boehner shed during Pope Francis's address to Congress might have been for himself?

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Francis elevates the discourse on Capitol Hill

    "God bless America" sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition -- and spoke powerfully about the hot-button issues that keep our political leaders mired in bitter gridlock.

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Carson's putdown of Muslims calls his candidacy into question

    Sooner or later, the cool self-assurance of citizen non-politician Ben Carson was bound to betray him. His categorical statement that "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation, I absolutely would not agree with that," was astoundingly un-American in itself.

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All smiles at last, Boehner zips out

    In his tenure as speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-Ohio, became notorious for weeping. He seemed to weep constantly, at a moment's notice, dabbing his eyes with a handkerchief. He wept while the pope spoke. He wept when he was named speaker.

    Then again, maybe it was not that Boehner was especially prone to weeping. Maybe that's what would happen to anyone with his job.

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