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October 30th, 2014

'Death with Dignity' Law Is Least Slippery Slope

    The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The law lets terminally ill patients end their lives with the aid of a doctor. That Maynard is a pretty 29-year-old newlywed using her personal tragedy to broaden support for such laws provokes and rankles foes of physician-assisted suicide. She also rejects the term "suicide."

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Capitalism's Suffocating Music

    Onstage before thousands of fans, Sam Smith sang "Stay With Me," beseeching his partner in a one-night stand for a few minutes more, and I half wondered if the two of them needed the extra time to finish bottles of Miller Lite, because a printed plug for the beer hovered over his head.

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The Blue-Collar Imperative

    In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas.

    One ad includes a quotation from Perdue about his outsourcing past: "Defend it? I'm proud of it." The tagline: "David Perdue, he's not for you."

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My sons love getting their toenails painted. Why should that wig me out?

    "No more pedicures," I told my sons.

    "Whyyy?" they whined.

    "It's not summer anymore," I lied.

    I have two boys, 7 and 10, who are addicted to pedicures.

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Let's all get scared. America

    “The only thing we have to fear is . . . Let’s face it, folks, I’m scared spitless.”

     So said Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.

    Well, OK, he didn’t say that. FDR lived through the Great Depression, endured polio and world war, but somehow he didn’t live in fear, like we do in 2014.

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Influenza 1918-19: Fear and courage in another outbreak

    It started with the death of John W. Clore, 30, a widower, on Sept. 21, 1918, at the old Sibley Hospital in Washington.

    Four days later, John Janes, 33, who ran a candy store and restaurant, died at home.

    On Sept. 27, three people died - Amos Matticks, 33, Grayson B. Coffman, 20, and Pearl Morgan, 33.

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Ebola czar has two jobs and one big problem

    The trick to appointing an Ebola czar - a decision that President Barack Obama got mostly right in naming veteran Democratic operative Ron Klain - is that the two problems this "czar" is supposed to solve are close to opposites.

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Dueling negatives in North Carolina Senate race

    If Republicans are in control of both houses of Congress next year - which is looking probable two weeks before the elections - House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell could use some guidance from North Carolina: Don't overreach.

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A World Without OPEC?

    Forty-one years ago this month, the Arab oil embargo began. The countries that were part of it belonged, of course, to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries - OPEC - which had banded together 13 years earlier to strengthen their ability to negotiate with international oil companies. The embargo led to widespread shortages in the United States, higher prices at the gas pump and long lines at gas stations. By the time it ended, the price of oil had risen to $12 a barrel from $3.

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October 23rd

Obama's second-term slide mostly about us, not him

    As President Barack Obama heads into the final half of his final term, many of us Americans wonder whatever happened to the fresh promise of that cheerfully charismatic optimist who dominated the political stage back in 2008.

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