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October 30th, 2014

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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'Death with Dignity' Law Is Least Slippery Slope

    The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The law lets terminally ill patients end their lives with the aid of a doctor. That Maynard is a pretty 29-year-old newlywed using her personal tragedy to broaden support for such laws provokes and rankles foes of physician-assisted suicide. She also rejects the term "suicide."

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Capitalism's Suffocating Music

    Onstage before thousands of fans, Sam Smith sang "Stay With Me," beseeching his partner in a one-night stand for a few minutes more, and I half wondered if the two of them needed the extra time to finish bottles of Miller Lite, because a printed plug for the beer hovered over his head.

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The Blue-Collar Imperative

    In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas.

    One ad includes a quotation from Perdue about his outsourcing past: "Defend it? I'm proud of it." The tagline: "David Perdue, he's not for you."

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My sons love getting their toenails painted. Why should that wig me out?

    "No more pedicures," I told my sons.

    "Whyyy?" they whined.

    "It's not summer anymore," I lied.

    I have two boys, 7 and 10, who are addicted to pedicures.

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Let's all get scared. America

    “The only thing we have to fear is . . . Let’s face it, folks, I’m scared spitless.”

     So said Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.

    Well, OK, he didn’t say that. FDR lived through the Great Depression, endured polio and world war, but somehow he didn’t live in fear, like we do in 2014.

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Influenza 1918-19: Fear and courage in another outbreak

    It started with the death of John W. Clore, 30, a widower, on Sept. 21, 1918, at the old Sibley Hospital in Washington.

    Four days later, John Janes, 33, who ran a candy store and restaurant, died at home.

    On Sept. 27, three people died - Amos Matticks, 33, Grayson B. Coffman, 20, and Pearl Morgan, 33.

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Ebola czar has two jobs and one big problem

    The trick to appointing an Ebola czar - a decision that President Barack Obama got mostly right in naming veteran Democratic operative Ron Klain - is that the two problems this "czar" is supposed to solve are close to opposites.

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