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November 6th, 2014

How to get more excited about the midterms

    This is bad. It's less than a week until the midterms! Why aren't we excited?

    According to the Pew Research Center, only 29 percent of registered voters are following election news closely. And that's among people who say they will vote. However, 59 percent of these people "have given a lot of thought to the election," which is almost like following the news about it.

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Flying Blind in Iraq and Syria

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A Cup of G.I. Joe

    When I close my eyes, I can easily flash back to a time when it was cool to call people in uniform "pigs" and "baby killers."

    If you had any family members in the police or military in the Vietnam era, you know how searing that was.

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We can't go along with Wall Street

    Over the past week, the usually redoubtable Hillary Clinton has comported herself like a leaf in a storm. Last week, campaigning in Boston for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, Clinton not only praised Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator who has won a devoted following as the scourge of big banks; she sounded like her.

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The Guantánamo Tapes

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Good for you, Kaci Hickox

    Thank you, Kaci Hickox.

     You did the world a service in traveling to Sierra Leone to care for Ebola patients. Then you did your country a service in standing up for rationality.

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Election Day Pop Quiz

    Elections on Tuesday! It's been quite a journey. Last spring, a woman in Iowa told voters to send her to the U.S. Senate because of her childhood experience on the farm, castrating hogs. And now she's the front-runner. Terrible to think of what campaign consultants will make of that in 2016.

    Let's see how much you've been paying attention:

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The whole story

    It was the fall of 1979. The Washington Post, which I considered the greatest newspaper in the world, was considering me for a job covering the District of Columbia's new mayor, an interesting character named Marion Barry. I knew that a couple of Post editors were going to take me to lunch. What I didn't know was that the great Ben Bradlee was coming along.

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Smile! Things are not as bad as they seem

    It's the strangest out-of-body experience I ever had. About 10 years ago, while browsing in a San Francisco bookstore, I picked up a book of quotations. Routinely turning to the index, I was startled to find a quote -- from me! "Things aren't as bad as they seem," I had supposedly said at one time, "they're worse."

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Moderate thunder out of Kansas

    The several dozen citizens gathered at a street corner just off the main square of this southeastern Kansas town of 5,600 were polite and friendly in the Midwestern way. They did not look in the least like a band of counterrevolutionaries intent on reversing the direction of the government in Topeka.

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