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July 23rd, 2015

How to lose an appendix in 10 easy steps

    I always suspected that the appendix was up to no good. As far as I had learned in anatomy, it was a little bag full of danger and bacteria that you carried around in your gut at all times. The 2011 Merck Manual Home Health Handbook stated, "The appendix is a small finger-shaped tube projecting from the large intestine near the point where it joins the small intestine. The appendix may have some immune function, but it is not an essential organ."

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Give Planned Parenthood a hand, not a lashing

    Planned Parenthood has become one of the most attacked groups in America.

    Daily protests, funding threats and "sting" videos featuring hired actors are the norm. Shootings, bombings, arson and chemical-weapon attacks are less frequent but still occur against the group, which has been operating since 1916 and which a Republican president - Richard Nixon, no less - funded in 1970.

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An imperfect deal, but better than the alternative

    To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.

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Stopping Iran from getting the bomb

    It's never too late to go back to school. So when I realized I didn't know enough about the Iranian nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna between Iran and the United States, Germany, France, England, Russia and China, I signed up for a master class.

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Obama: Reaganite on Iran

    When President Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in Geneva in November 1985, he whispered to the Soviet leader: "I bet the hard-liners in both our countries are bleeding when we shake hands."

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Liberals and Wages

    Hillary Clinton gave her first big economic speech Monday, and progressives were by and large gratified. For Clinton’s core message was that the federal government can and should use its influence to push for higher wages.

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Jeb and His Vassals Lose Sight of the Serfs

    "In the feudal system," The Oxford English Dictionary says, a vassal is "one holding lands from a superior on conditions of homage and allegiance."

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Clinton's economics

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When The Media Plays By 'Clinton Rules'

    Having coined the phrase "Clinton Rules" to explain the national news media's obsession with phony scandal narratives involving Bill and Hillary Clinton, I should be gratified to see it pass into general circulation.

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Summer of Sanders -- and Trump

    What are we to make of the two biggest political pseudo-surprises of this mid-summer: the spectacular crowds drawn by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

    I say pseudo-surprises because, in some ways, we should have expected both men to do well in polls. Trump has higher name recognition than any of the other 15-and-counting major Republican contenders, except perhaps the Grand Old Party's current frontrunner in the polls, Jeb Bush.

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