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October 23rd, 2015

The Road From Benghazi, Lined With Bad Intentions

    When Americans are killed in a terror attack, there’s a natural, righteous need to find out what went wrong. And the trick is to do it in a way that doesn’t debase the human loss with a nasty political scrum.

    For the right way, you can look at the 9/11 commission.

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Can Ted Cruz defy his party and win anyway?

    George W. Bush reportedly took a shot at Ted Cruz in a closed-door fundraiser Sunday, telling donors, "I just don't like that guy." He didn't express strong feelings against his brother's other primary opponents, including Donald Trump. Perhaps it was just campaign-strategy talk, but don't you think he meant it?

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Clean fleece, dirty planet

    It's getting cold. Time to break out the fleece. Warm and light, it even comes in a nice shade of green: a lot of the material used to make fleece comes from recycled plastic bottles -- better in your sweater than in a landfill.

    Green that is, until you run it through the washing machine. That's when thousands of plastic microfibers get flushed into the sewer system and on to some stream, lake, river and ocean.

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How drug laws spur violence

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October 20th

A Rapist’s Nightmare

    For as long as anyone can remember, upper-caste men in a village here in northern India preyed on young girls. The rapes continued because there was no risk: The girls were destroyed, but the men faced no repercussions.

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Something Not Rotten in Denmark

    No doubt surprising many of the people watching the Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders cited Denmark as a role model for how to help working people. Hillary Clinton demurred slightly, declaring that “we are not Denmark,” but agreed that Denmark is an inspiring example.

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Iran Boycotts World’s Largest Book Fair

    Iran is boycotting the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest trade convention for publishers and vendors.

    The six-day convention, which ends Sunday, brought more than 7,400 exhibitors from 100 countries. Attendance is more than 300,000.

    The reason for the boycott?

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Will Hillary Clinton Be Pilloried by Benghazi Committee?

    Hillary Clinton is wrong about the Benghazi committee.

    It’s not the longest-running special congressional investigation ever, as the Hillary campaign tweeted. According to PolitiFact, other congressional probes have lasted a lot longer than 17 months, including hearings on the conduct of the Civil War (40 months) and the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. (30 months).

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An Admissions Surprise From the Ivy League

    As the country struggles to address extreme income inequality and inadequate social mobility, the most venerated colleges are increasingly examining their piece of that puzzle: How can they better identify and enroll gifted, promising students from low-income families, lessening the degree to which campuses perpetuate privilege and making them better engines of advancement?

    That discussion just took an interesting turn.

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October 19th

The Republican establishment's weak tea

    The narrative about the 2016 presidential campaign focuses on angry discontent in the American electorate. Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have a plausible explanation for what lies behind this unhappiness. The only Republican acting as if he has a working theory of his own is Donald Trump.

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