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October 30th, 2014

You Just Got ‘Richsplained’

    Tiffany Beroid, a mother and Wal-Mart employee in Laurel, Maryland, was forced to drop out of college because of her employer’s low wages and erratic scheduling practices.

    When she spoke out about the problems she faced, Wal-Mart fired her.

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When Ebola turns to 'fearbola'

    We must pay attention to the mistakes of history, some wise person once said, so we can do a better job of making them in the future. That's how I feel during the current Ebola crisis when I see how well we Americans seem to be repeating the mistakes of the AIDS epidemic.

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What Women Want

    Women are big this election season. No group is more courted. It's great! The issues are important. Plus, we all enjoy the occasional pander.

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Wal-Mart Scrooges Us All

    Gosh, time flies when it’s pushed along by a jet stream of greed.

    It seems like only yesterday that Wal-Mart announced, with much self-congratulatory fanfare, that the super-rich retailing colossus wasn’t a scrooge after all.

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The Real Public Health Threat

    As airlines, cruise ships, and hospitals cope with waves of Ebola jitters, I’m wondering whether the panic the deadly virus is inducing will distort Halloween traditions this year.

    No, I’m not talking about Ebola-related costumes.

    There are real precautions we must take, but at this point the Ebola hysteria is overblown.

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The night Richard Nixon called Ben Bradlee's house

    A friend once remarked that Ben Bradlee was "a man's man," to which my wife replied, "he's also quite a woman's man."

    Woman or man, it was hard to find anyone as engaging and fun to be around as Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who died Tuesday night at age 93. 

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Paying for Cheap Chocolate

    One Halloween, my husband persuaded our kids to give away most of the candy they’d just collected while trick-or-treating. They were preschoolers and the house we were renting then had previously drawn teens with haunted tours.

    We’d run out of candy when a stream of teens showed up at our underwhelmingly spooky doorstep, shaking badly decorated pillow cases and looking disappointed.

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Palin's sun has begun to set in Alaska

    Alaska is known for having the economy of a petrostate, a far-flung citizenry, a large native population and unreliable polling. Oh, and Sarah Palin.

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Old Obama magic proves elusive on campaign trail

    As the final two weeks of the midterm congressional campaign unwind, President Obama is searching for the political magic that put him in the Oval Office six years ago but that seems to have slipped away.

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Lessons from Patient Zero

    Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

    Not so good, of course, for Hillary Clinton's nascent presidential campaign, but not fatal either. Lewinsky's decision to re-emerge as a public figure, this time committed to alleviating the scourge of cyber-bullying, is awkward.

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