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January 8th, 2015

David Koch Loves Manhattan

    One may start the day at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. On the way in, you'll pass through the new David H. Koch Plaza -- the result of a $65 million gift from David H. Koch.

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The First Pop Quiz of 2015

    Happy New Year! Wishing you many good things in 2015. Or at least, a better year than the one that just ended. Which seems pretty likely, all things considered.

    But before we shove off into the future, let's see what you remember about 2014. Since there are a lot of quizzes at this time of year, we are going to specialize here in politics and air travel.

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Sharing the Carol Experience: We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

    Hey, did you hear the bells on Christmas day? Did you see three ships come sailing in on Christmas day in the morning? Did your true love give you five golden rings, like the song says? Let's go there and linger a moment, to the music that belongs to everyone. You can be a skeptic and still believe in Christmas carols.

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'Selma': A film worth arguing about

    It is no crushing insult to Ava DuVernay's "Selma" that experts dispute its accuracy. In today's movie culture, accuracy only matters when the movie is worth arguing about

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Defending 'The Dog Whisperer'

Author's note: The following is a recycled column from December 2008 in memory of my beloved basset hound, Fred.

    Since the election, Barack Obama apparently doesn't care whom he offends. In a TV interview with Barbara Walters, the president-elect insulted her dog, a Havanese named Cha Cha.

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Bush severing most ties to firms

    Former Florida Gov.  Jeb Bush, moving closer to a possible presidential run, has stepped down as a paid adviser to a for-profit education company that sells online courses to public university students in exchange for a share of their tuition payments.

    Bush's decision is another in a string of moves he has made in recent days to shed business interests that have enriched him since leaving office in 2007.

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Afghan War is over, except that it's not

    In a ceremony in Kabul Sunday, the U.S. commander of the NATO forces in Afghanistan grandly proclaimed the "end" of the 13-year combat mission against the Taliban and other terrorist foes. But in doing so, he emphasized that NATO personnel will continue to train home-grown Afghan forces taking up the actual fighting.

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Washington’s Slow-Motion Thaw

    The strangest part of seeing the Cuban embargo officially deemed past its use-by date is how long this took.

    I first traveled to Cuba in 1995, after convincing my editor that it would become a huge business story once President Bill Clinton normalized relations. Like many journalists at that time, we believed that would happen any minute.

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Trashing mom to help dad: McDonnell daughter bites hand that fed her

    In Virginia, 2014 was the year to throw Mom under the bus. Then back over her for good measure.

    And not just because we started out the year with an oafish attempt at sarcasm from Sen. Stephen Martin, R-Chesterfield, when he called mothers "hosts" in a Facebook post chiding Planned Parenthood.

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Port Strikes Mirror Organized Labor’s Roots

    Port truckers in California walked off the job in November to protest their dismal working conditions. Required to lease trucks while paying insurance and maintenance costs, drivers often earn less than minimum wage.

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