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December 4th

Obama vs. Ferguson's empathy deficit

    After a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer in the death of Michael Brown, President Barack Obama stepped up to perform his unofficial yet widely presumed role: racial explainer-in-chief.

    It is not a new role, but as he shared a split-screen on TV news channels with live scenes of burning cars, riot police and angry protesters, seldom have the stakes seemed so high.

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Ferguson's grand jury delivers a mockery of justice

    The shameful mockery of judicial process that has transpired in Ferguson, Missouri, is widely viewed as a matter of racial politics. Of course, in one sense, that's right: Race underlies enormous and well-documented inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. But in another way, it's a pity, because this system now borders on the tyrannical, and ought to scare all Americans, regardless of skin color.

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Counting Benghazi Blessings

    This year, in a break from tradition, I am giving thanks for the House Intelligence Committee's final report on Benghazi.

    Also family and friends. But I give thanks for them every year. This is our first opportunity to be grateful for the House Intelligence Committee's Benghazi report. So let's jump at it.

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Chuck Hagel leaves Obama's war against war

    The surprising decision of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to leave his Pentagon post after only 21 months of service has been widely greeted as a combination of his frustration in the job and a conclusion at the White House that he turned out to be the wrong man for the job.

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A case that is still an enigma

    The grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown was the worst possible outcome -- except for one in which passion overwhelmed facts and Wilson was forced to stand trial despite a lack of adequate evidence.

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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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