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September 24th, 2015

Greece's paper trail eventually leads to reform

    Every place is full of metaphors that beckon the unwary foreign journalist. America's huge cars are a metaphor for our people: brash, rich, more than a little heedless of our effect on the rest of the world. Before Britain got rich again, the dilapidated buildings were a metaphor for the decline of empire. French baked goods were a metaphor for everything liberal Americans imagined was better there.

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A report card for the GOP debate

    Sorry, Republicans, but it's still Donald Trump's world. And sorry, Donald, but now you have to share it with Ben Carson.

    The conventional wisdom seems to be that Carly Fiorina won herself a big patch of political territory in Wednesday night's marathon 11-candidate debate on CNN. But the conventionally wise have been consistently wrong about this campaign, and I wonder if voters were equally impressed with her performance.

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When justice meets vanity

    To steady ourselves amidst the clamor of competing certainties about the meaning of Wednesday's Republican presidential debate, let us pause for a daily Scripture reading.

    The first is from the opening verses of Ecclesiastes: "Vanity of vanities, says the preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity."

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We Are What We Deny

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Running on anxiety

    One of the mysteries attending the eclipse of the political center and the rise of left and right, both in the United States and in Europe, is why it has taken so many by surprise. When economies fundamentally alter their course, to the detriment of most, a radical shift in nations' politics - for both better and worse - shouldn't be so astounding, particularly when an economy's dysfunctions have been clear for many years.

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Questionable Calls in the Sports Department

    With the opening of the high school football season, local newspapers and TV stations have again been running lists of what they believe are the top teams.

    Most lists rank teams in the “top 10.” One Pennsylvania TV station, whose on-air number is 16, runs the “Top 16.”

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Mud fight at the Reagan Library

    Whatever it was, it wasn't a debate. CNN didn't want a debate. They wanted a mud fight. And that's exactly what they got.

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GOP lawmakers pick unfair fight over Virginia judgeship

    Bad news Virginia: The boys are back in town.

    The latest move to come out of a male-dominated state legislature that once wanted to vaginally probe women seeking abortions is as boys-club as it gets.

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Fiorina plays the gender card, too

    Women, take heart. Even a misogynistic blowhard like Donald Trump can be cowed.

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Fantasies and Fictions at Republican Debate

    I’ve been going over what was said at Wednesday’s Republican debate, and I’m terrified. You should be, too. After all, given the vagaries of elections, there’s a pretty good chance that one of these people will end up in the White House.

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