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12/09/2016 - 7:00pm

    "Trigger warnings" on U.S. college campuses have become easy targets for ridicule, but that doesn't seem to have dampened enthusiasm for them. Professors issue these warnings on their syllabuses or during class when the material studied turns to sex, race or violence. To some, this is a reasonable way to protect students who might take...

12/07/2016 - 1:00pm

    There may be one senator, not Chuck Schumer or any other Democrat, who could be a check on some of President Donald Trump's likely excesses: John McCain.

    The president-elect and the five-term Republican from Arizona are almost polar opposites on...

12/07/2016 - 12:00pm

    Journalists may thrive on news - by definition, the unexpected or novel - but they're terrible at getting out of their own comfortable ruts.

    Consider, for example, the decade or so of abject denial about their threatened business model that...

12/06/2016 - 5:00pm

    Donald Trump is either a mad genius who has cracked the media code in a way no politician before him was able to do, or he's a kind of political Mr. Magoo, stumbling randomly about yet achieving one success after another. We may never know which it is.

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12/06/2016 - 10:00am

    "Do you want to kill us?"

    It's a question I get a lot. I'm a Muslim Somali-American living in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. My family of 10 emigrated here in November 1993, and I became American by the old-school system called...

12/05/2016 - 6:00pm

    As we give thanks for our many obvious blessings, let's reflect on a blessing that is less well known, a gift from modern astronomy: how we view ourselves.

    There was a time, back when astronomy put Earth at the center of the universe, that we...

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