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March 5th, 2015

Giuliani's gaffe puts GOP to a new test

    Was Rudy Giuliani playing a race card when he accused President Obama of not loving America? No way, the former New York mayor said later, but his litmus test sounded like he needs an eye test.

    Giuliani's remarks last week at a New York fundraiser for Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin set off a national uproar -- and became a new question for presidential hopefuls like Walker to answer: Do you think Giuliani is right or what?

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Giuliani sucker punches Obama on patriotism

    In the dustup over Rudy Giuliani saying he doesn't believe that the president loves America, it's a tossup who deserves more to be sent to the woodshed, him or the fellow Republicans who rushed to justify his remark.

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Courting Terror One Teenager at a Time

    When I was 15, my mother let me take the bus to Lynn, a small city about five miles from our house and two blocks from my father's office. I was pretty pleased with myself because otherwise my independence was limited entirely by my leg strength.

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Afghanistan's first lady A step forward by Afghanistan's first lady

    The most striking thing about interviewing Rula Ghani, the first lady of Afghanistan, may be that the interview is taking place at all.

    Consider: Zeenat Karzai, the physician wife of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, was rarely seen in public during her husband's decade-long tenure.

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Adieu, Chris Christie, Adieu

    Chris Christie is political toast.

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The GOP's Assertive God Squad

    Another presidential campaign is taking shape, and potential Republican candidates are beginning to speak with extra care - and sometimes with censorious hellfire - about certain social issues. As ever, they're bowing to a bloc of voters described as Christian conservatives.

    But these voters are a minority of Christians. They're not such representative conservatives.

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Scientology's Chilling Effect

    When I was at Fortune magazine in the 1990s, one of my colleagues was a reporter named Richard Behar. He had a special lock on his door, and he wouldn't even let the janitor in to empty his wastebasket. He used a secret phone, which he kept hidden in a desk drawer, so that calls made to sources couldn't be traced back to him.

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Remote Alaskan village needs to be relocated due to climate change

    This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle. And for generations, the Iñupiaq Eskimos of the region have hunted gigantic bowhead whales from camps atop the sea ice that stretches out from the town's icy shores.

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New Food Agency? Hold the Hysteria

    As things now stand, the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees steaks, chicken thighs and eggs out of their shells. The Food and Drug Administration keeps an eye on salmon, apples and eggs in their shells.

    Fifteen government entities now supervise food safety, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (seafood).

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Just Wondering

    Throughout history Americans seem compelled to take out their frustrations, their disagreements, on the President but I wonder if any have been as berated, as denigrated as President Obama. There have even been outright lies about other Presidents but I don't believe that any have been the target that Obama has been.

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