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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:11pm
    Are we spending our democracy into oblivion?     This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:11pm
    It's often said and written that presidents, to achieve greatness, require great challenges. Washington had the challenge of creating a new nation; Lincoln had the Civil War; FDR faced the Great Depression and World War II. All...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:11pm
    Sometimes it's hard to tell which is more terrifying: Ebola or the commentary about it.     On Monday, radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested that President Barack Obama is refusing to divert flights from Liberia and...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:10pm
    The 2008 campaign was the first time a woman was a serious presidential contender, so it was not surprising that gender was an uncomfortable, tiptoe-y subject. The male candidates weren't sure-footed in dealing with it -- recall...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:10pm
    “Gov. Tom Corbett, who claims he opposes legalization of marijuana, was seen behind a barn smoking weed. Just a-puffin’ and a-grinnin’.”     “Tom Wolfe was speeding and driving drunk...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:09pm
    Some white Americans may be surprised to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu describe Bryan Stevenson, an African-American lawyer fighting for racial justice, as "America's young Nelson Mandela."     ("...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:09pm
    "A talib fires three shots at point-blank range at three girls in a van and doesn't kill any of them. This seems an unlikely story," writes Malala Yousafzai in her memoir "I Am Malala." "When people talk...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:07pm
    Fighting Superman is super hard.     "The guy is tough," says Ben Affleck, who is playing Batman in a new iteration filming now in Detroit where the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel duke it out. The...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:07pm
    As British war planes arc through Middle Eastern skies and security services race to unravel terrorist plots at home, the nation's most prominent propagandist for the Islamic State sits in a London sweets shop, laying out his...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:07pm
    An Iraqi official recently told me this story: When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:00pm
    An Iraqi official recently told me this story: When the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, took over Mosul in the summer, the Sunni jihadist fighters in ISIS, many of whom were foreigners, went house to house. On the homes of...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 4:00pm
    After the latest meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative wrapped up three weeks ago, I thought I'd missed the perfect window to write about Bill Clinton's continued hold on Americans' hearts, his sustained claim on the...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 3:59pm
    Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out.  The correct response should be urgent concern -- not panic -- and an all-out crusade to extinguish the West Africa outbreak of the deadly virus at its...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 3:58pm
    A few days ago, The Financial Times published an interview with a Russian businessman named Sergei Pugachev. Once an ally of President Vladimir Putin, Pugachev owned shipbuilding and construction interests, as well as a bank. Indeed...
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 3:58pm
    Baseball lore recalls that legendary manager Casey Stengel, when running the hapless 1962 New York Mets, forlornly asked his charges: "Can't anybody here play this game?" It's an appropriate question right now in...
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