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October 14th, 2015

Court's challenge is what's law and what's right

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Don't be the patsy in fantasy sports gambling

    "As they say in poker, If you've been in the game 30 minutes and don't know who the patsy is, you're the patsy."

    -- Warren Buffett

    By now, you may have heard about the insider trading scandal at the two biggest fantasy sports companies. DraftKings employees, based on the bets they saw laid down by their clients, made a killing at competitor site FanDuel.

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Dr. Ben Carson, crackpot

    The craziest thing about the Republican presidential contest isn't that Donald Trump is in the lead. It's that Dr. Ben Carson -- who truly seems to have lost his mind -- is in second place and gaining fast.

    Trump may be a blowhard, but Carson has proved himself to be a crackpot of the first order. Of all the GOP contenders, he's the scariest.

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Humility, self-restraint make a Nobel winner

    I can't think of a more deserving winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for economics than Angus Deaton. Indeed the award, in my view, was seriously overdue. But it's important to understand that Deaton isn't just an outstanding social scientist by the narrow standards of academic excellence. He's an exemplary scholar in other ways too.

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For Democratic candidates, here's the hard stuff

    The Democratic debate season opens Tuesday night in Las Vegas without the showbiz appeal of the Republican forums -- Donald Trump serves a purpose -- but still potentially instructive.

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Hurting the Wilderness We Love

    Upon running the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail in record time, a marathoner broke several rules at the finish line on top of Maine's majestic Mount Katahdin. Among them was public consumption of alcohol -- in this case, Champagne. Another was littering by shaking the bottle and spraying Champagne every which way.

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It isn't just Asian immigrants who excel in the U.S.

    In a recent column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof dared to ask the "awkward question" of why Asian-Americans have been so economically successful in the U.S. The most important reasons, he says, are hard work and a reverence for education:

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Nobel winner shows we're helping the wrong people

    Presidential candidates from both parties are focusing, as usual, on the middle class. But what's that? And why, exactly, does it deserve such attention?

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Obama’s Doctrine of Restraint

    One way to define President Barack Obama’s foreign policy is as a Doctrine of Restraint. It is clear, not least to the Kremlin, that this president is skeptical of the efficacy of military force, wary of foreign interventions that may become long-term commitments, convinced the era of American-imposed solutions is over, and inclined to see the United States as less an indispensable power than an indispensable partner. Obama has, in effect, been talking down American power.

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Why would Paul Ryan want to be speaker?

    House Republicans face a fateful choice -- and not just over who will be their speaker. It is a choice about whether they want to be a realistic, governing entity or a bomb-throwing band of purists that will, inevitably, hurt the party's prospects not only for retaining the current GOP majorities in the House and Senate but for retaking the White House as well.

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