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Date

October 23rd, 2014

Monopsony Is Not OK

    Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.

    OK, I know that was kind of abrupt. But I wanted to get the central point out there right away, because discussions of Amazon tend, all too often, to get lost in side issues.

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A most forgettable election

    The closing days of a closely fought election rarely offer uplifting moments, but the 2014 season has been particularly dreary, nearly devoid of content and high on unedifying spectacle.

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The Virus of Cynicism

    We have no clue at this point how far Ebola could spread in the United States - and no reason for panic.

    But one dimension of the disease's toll is clear. It's ravaging Americans' already tenuous faith in the competence of our government and its bureaucracies.

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Fan fiction, from Florida's Fangate through history

    There's lots of real, serious news going on in the world. (There always is.)

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An Affair to Remember, Differently

    We live in a world awash in unreliable narrators.

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Will It Never End?

    "Will it never end?" seems to be the question on the minds of most of us. I refer to this political campaign or campaigns. That attitude has invaded even the conscience of us political junkies. Think what it must seem like to the many who were never that interested in politics in the first place.

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The dirty endorsement may clean up politics

    The political world is all atwitter over the decision by the Denver Post, in most years a reliably Democratic newspaper, to endorse Republican Cory Gardner for the Senate seat currently held by Mark Udall.

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On Ebola, candor needed

    Let's make a deal: We'll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts -- especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- agree to get their stories straight.

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For the victims of voyeurs, a terrible theft of trust

    All these photo scandals we're talking about? They aren't really about the nudie pics.

    These aren't just dirty old men who want to see bare breasts and thighs.

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Failures of Competence

    Et tu, CDC?

    For years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been the most trusted agency in the federal government. In 2003, when Gallup did a survey to determine what the public thought of various federal agencies, the CDC topped the list, with 66 percent of respondents describing it as "excellent" or "good."

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