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September 17th, 2015

Rick Perry Meets His Alamo

    Rick Perry — out!

    The new glasses apparently didn’t do the trick.

    The former governor of Texas threw in the towel Friday and the Republican race is now totally lacking in candidates who claimed to have shot a coyote while jogging.

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The GOP's political fight club

    Just when you think the Republican Party can't possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out. Except for opposition to President Obama, what do these people have in common?

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Can we finally delete Clinton's email issue?

    Conducting government business via private email was a mistake, Hillary Clinton has conceded. She's sorry, albeit belatedly, grudgingly, and rather unspecifically. The FBI will continue to investigate whether, and how badly, national security was compromised by transmitting classified information on the private server; the emails, redacted but still full of tidbits about everything from gefilte fish to TV's "The Good Wife," will continue to be released.

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From Somaliland to Harvard

    Of the millions of young men and women settling into college dorms this month, one of the most unlikely is Abdisamad Adan, a 21-year-old beginning his freshman year at Harvard. Some of his 18 siblings are illiterate and never went even to first grade, and he was raised without electricity or indoor plumbing by an illiterate grandmother in a country that doesn’t officially exist.

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How to Measure a College’s Value

    We know all too well which colleges are the hardest to get into. The news media swoons over and trumpets this information, which is advertised as well by the most selective schools themselves.

    We know which colleges supposedly produce the highest earners, because there are lists and rankings devoted to that.

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Joe Biden's inner struggle

    Vice President Joe Biden's appearance on the new Stephen Colbert late-night television show was not billed as a campaign event. But because of the man's rare candor and authenticity, the interview may have offered the best argument for him to run for president after all, despite his clearly stated reservations.

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Religion vs. rights in an election year, heaven help us

    Mixing religion with politics can be no less hazardous to a politician than mixing aviation with alcohol.

    You could hear that in the awkward response by Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and current Republican presidential candidate, as CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked him whether a Muslim flight attendant should be able to deny alcohol to passengers.

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Sexual Attraction and Fluidity

    Recently, Miley Cyrus told Elle UK, “I’m very open about it — I’m pansexual.”

    In June, she’d told Paper Magazine:

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Kasich's standout record in Ohio

    When senators run for president, they hold up their voting records. Governors seeking the White House proclaim they produced an economic miracle, cherry-picking data on jobs, budget and taxes.

    Four sitting governors, as well as a number of former ones, will participate in one of two events when CNN holds the second round of Republican debates on Wednesday.

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The Google Art Heist

    Just seeing the Crayola colors painted on the tall iron fence of the 18th-century hotel particulier made me shiver. The big panda in flip flops in the lobby, arms up in greeting, scared me. And the petite ham sandwiches getting wheeled around to Google staffers looked positively menacing.

    The more playful Google gets, the more paranoid I get.

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