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December 4th

Why You Should Meet Your Meat

    A beloved organic farm in San Diego recently canceled a gourmet dinner it had planned to host. Guests had already paid $150 for a local, organic five-course meal prepared by several top chefs from the region.

    The dinner was called Death for Food.

    Whose death for whose food?

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When Italians Meet Turkey

    Thanksgiving Day is almost upon us, and I haven't yet summoned the nerve to tell Uncle Mario and Aunt Carolyn, who host it, that I may not arrive until a quarter past noon. That'll make me more than an hour late, which by my rough arithmetic translates into 12 chilled shrimp, 15 mozzarella balls, four meatballs, a medium-size plate of stuffed mushrooms and a sizable wedge of frittata.

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The Fracking Rush Hits a Pothole

    Ever heard of Bryan Sheffield? The baby-faced tycoon enjoyed a brief blast of fame a few months ago when he became one of those rare non-tech billionaires under 40.

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The Bill Cosby myth is dead, so stop cheering

    Two standing ovations. That's what Bill Cosby, in a "Hello Friend" sweatshirt and with a fist clenched above his head in defiance, received Friday night at a performance in his "Bill Cosby 77" tour at a Melbourne, Florida, theater.

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Show Up on Thanksgiving or Get Fired

    Most Americans — from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas — will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t.

    Understandably, firefighters, police, and hospital workers will stay on the job. After all, they’re providing essential services for our society.

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On replacement, caution urged

    It's a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

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News Drumsticks

    Thanksgiving is a time for dinner-table conversation. If you're short of news drumsticks to chew on, here are a few you may have missed.

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Immigration Conundrum

    After the many months - years? - of failure of Congress to act on immigration the President has taken matters into his own hands. And, oh what a ruckus that has raised. He cannot win no matter how, or what, he does. Never mind that it is a procedure long used by presidents, particularly as they near the end of their time at the helm. Not just Democratic presidents but also Republican ones have used the option for tying up loose ends.

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Does This Definition Make Me Look Rich?

    How much income do America’s households take in? How much do they have left after taxes? Do federal taxes leave the nation less or more unequal?

    Questions don’t get much more basic than these. Or more complicated. How, for instance, do we define income? Anything anybody collects from a paycheck, of course, should count.

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Marion Barry: A potent symbol of a D.C. that no longer exists

    Marion Barry was Chocolate City. During his four terms as mayor of the nation's capital, he presided over the District  of Columbia like a flamboyant monarch. He was the face and swagger of African American empowerment and pride - and its beneficiaries nearly always forgave him for his failings.

    Barry did not, however, die in Chocolate City.

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