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May 21st, 2015

A woman unqualified to be president

    How depressing is it that, out of the more than a dozen announced or prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016, only one, Carly Fiorina, is a woman. Even more depressing: that Fiorina, as long-shot as her candidacy is, would not be taken even semi-seriously were it not for her gender.

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The Bitter Backdrop to 2016

    Already the polling for the presidential race is feverish, with new findings daily. Which Republican is leading in New Hampshire? How do voters feel, at any evanescent moment, about Hillary Clinton?

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Something To Think About

    This week President Obama is gathering Arabic leaders in Washington, or at least, those who haven't decided to change their plans. Withdrawing or sending a lower ranking envoy is their protest of our efforts to work with Iran on curbing the possession of nuclear weapons.

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Online Dignity: Give It Up

    Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app called Yik Yak.

    Their lecture topic, post-apocalyptic culture, seemed somehow apt. And to think, this was an honors course.

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On the stump for 2016 with Corporate Jesus

    A tried-and-true advertising concept is a technique called myth analysis. In it, the marketer establishes a narrative that has nothing to do with the product, but which sticks in the minds of consumers.

    It applies to beer and beach volleyball, GEICO and geckos, Budweiser and Clydesdales, AFLAC and a duck.

    It applies as well to Republican presidential candidates and Christliness.

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Moore's Law Turns 50

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Is Jeb Bush his 'own man' on Iraq invasion?

    Jeb Bush, in an early declaration that he was not his brother George's clone, flatly acknowledged that while he loved his kin he was "my own man," and would shape his own course if elected president in 2016.

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In Robert Dole, a GOP partisan who worked with Democrats

    With the exception of President Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole of Kansas was the most influential Republican of the last third of the 20th century. He sought his party's Presidential nomination three times, winning it once. And in 1976 he was the Republican vice presidential candidate.

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Cable news networks fear audiences will tune out

    There's supposed to be an ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Even if it's not ancient or Chinese, it captures a certain truth. World War II was riveting. The Black Death was so fascinating that no one could talk about anything else. On the other hand, GDP growing 3.5% and everyone raising contented families in spacious, airy homes with swell schools? Yawn.

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7 things that are not like the Holocaust

    Sweden's deputy prime minister Asa Romson was compelled to apologize on Monday after likening the migrant refugee crisis in the Mediterranean to the horrors of the Holocaust.

    In a televised debate over the weekend, she had argued that the indifference of European governments was "turning the Mediterranean into a new Auschwitz." This sparked a predictable backlash, leading eventually to an apology.

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