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August 10th, 2014

Mindsets worth changing

    School starts next week and my two sons are inconsolable about having to return to their hated "prisons."

    Based on the teachings of professor and researcher Carol Dweck, author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," they surely have a fixed idea about themselves.

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Immigration action echoes emancipation

    Not since Abraham Lincoln pondered his Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 has a president considered ordering a more sweeping adjustment to membership in the American community than the mass relief for illegal immigrants that President Barack Obama is said to be contemplating.

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Executive orders? Obama has no choice

    Congress has fled Washington for a five-week summer recess, but don't fret about all of the serious problems left unresolved in their absence. It won't make any difference. Under Speaker John Boehner, members of the 113th Congress accomplish as much out of town as in town. Which is absolutely nothing.

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Ebola-infected coverage of Africa summit

    Ebola was not supposed to have a prominent place on the agenda for this week's Africa summit. But it keeps infecting the discussion.

    Forty African heads of state visited Washington this week, snarling traffic as the Obama administration highlights what it describes as "one of the world's most dynamic and fastest-growing regions."

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What Bill Clinton Might Have Said...

    "I'm just saying, you know, if I were Osama Bin Laden -- he's a very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him -- and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him."

    Did President Clinton say these words a mere 10 hours before 9/11?

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The Panda Angle

    About politics and pandas ...

    This is obviously an attempt to get your attention by bringing up a cute and cuddly animal. But give me a break. It's August.

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The Class War Goes Retail

    For the first time since 1997, the U.S. economy just added at least 200,000 jobs per month for six months running. GDP grew at a 4 percent annual clip between April and June. The percentage of Americans who describe the economy as “good” has climbed to the highest level of President Barack Obama’s presidency.

    Who wouldn’t rejoice over these happy milestones on the bumpy road to a real recovery?

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Sorry, Pantene, You’re Holding Women Back Too

    A Pantene commercial that tells women to stop apologizing and “#ShineStrong” has gone viral. It contrasts scenes of women saying things like “Sorry, can I ask a stupid question?” with snippets of them behaving in an assertive way.

    Pantene’s commercial makes a good point, but there are bigger problems holding women back — including the role that beauty products play in our culture.

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Obama making less than he could of a do-nothing Congress

    The 113th Congress has just slinked out of town for a five-week summer recess, leaving behind its lowest public approval rating in 25 years, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll. A majority of voters surveyed -- 51 percent -- expressed disgust with their own legislators for their inability to do their job.

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Is Wal-Mart Treating Workers Like Pop-Tarts?

    Wal-Mart loves keeping track of data. For instance, the retail giant’s researchers know that before and after major storms, customers buy strawberry Pop-Tarts at a rate that’s seven times faster than normal.

    How does Wal-Mart use this data? To stock its shelves with more — or less — of a certain good based on consumer demand.

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