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October 30th, 2014

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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How To Defeat Ebola

    An alarming new symptom of Ebola in America: It seems to make brains mushy and hearts hard.

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Clinton Detractor Ignores Historical Facts

    By hard pundit law, nonstop media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign begins on the morning after the 2014 congressional elections -- approximately 18 months before normal Americans want to hear about it.

    However, like the "countdown" to major sporting events, it's also a cable TV ratings booster. With politicians and pundits eager to score TV face time, it's also cheap and easy to produce.

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Ben Bradlee, nonpareil editor

    The death at 93 of the Washington Post's incomparable editor Benjamin C. Bradlee is both a journalistic and personal loss to all of us who had the opportunity to work for and under his driving and joyous leadership of one of America's truly great newspapers.

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Warren makes the case

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn't running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.

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Putin and the Pope

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