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Date

May 21st, 2015

Send in the Clowns

    Hardly a day goes by that another candidate doesn’t announce his or her intention to run for the presidency. One day it’s Carly Fiorina, the next it’s Mike Huckabee, Bernie Sanders, or Hillary Clinton, even.

    It’s like the circus — when the little car rolls into the center ring and a clown gets out, then another, then two more, and on and on until the ring is overflowing with 1,000 clowns, or so it seems.

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Hillary Doesn't Stumble

    That was, essentially, the headline for the big New York Times poll out this week. It was supposed to measure how much Hillary and her team's stumbles on the issue of her private email server had hurt her. Just how much did her favorability drop? Essentially, not at all.

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Crisis at Sea

    One of the world's most beautiful regions, the seas of Southeast Asia - home to sparkling white beaches and $7,000-a-night beach villas - is becoming a scene of a mass atrocity.

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Closing the Door on Torture

    After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest.

    What happened to the torture program? Nothing.

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Clinton can't waffle on trade forever

    To paraphrase Joe Louis, Hillary Clinton can run but she can't hide from the great trade debate that pits President Barack Obama and a handful of free-trade Democrats against Sen. Elizabeth Warren and most of the party in Congress.

    Topic A is the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership, a huge trade deal that would bind the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. 

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A woman unqualified to be president

    How depressing is it that, out of the more than a dozen announced or prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016, only one, Carly Fiorina, is a woman. Even more depressing: that Fiorina, as long-shot as her candidacy is, would not be taken even semi-seriously were it not for her gender.

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The Bitter Backdrop to 2016

    Already the polling for the presidential race is feverish, with new findings daily. Which Republican is leading in New Hampshire? How do voters feel, at any evanescent moment, about Hillary Clinton?

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Something To Think About

    This week President Obama is gathering Arabic leaders in Washington, or at least, those who haven't decided to change their plans. Withdrawing or sending a lower ranking envoy is their protest of our efforts to work with Iran on curbing the possession of nuclear weapons.

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Online Dignity: Give It Up

    Three female professors at Eastern Michigan University were shocked to learn that some young scholars in their lecture hall had been on their cellphones attacking them with lewd public posts, complete with imagery. It was all done anonymously, courtesy of an unusually obnoxious social media app called Yik Yak.

    Their lecture topic, post-apocalyptic culture, seemed somehow apt. And to think, this was an honors course.

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On the stump for 2016 with Corporate Jesus

    A tried-and-true advertising concept is a technique called myth analysis. In it, the marketer establishes a narrative that has nothing to do with the product, but which sticks in the minds of consumers.

    It applies to beer and beach volleyball, GEICO and geckos, Budweiser and Clydesdales, AFLAC and a duck.

    It applies as well to Republican presidential candidates and Christliness.

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