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August 20th, 2015

Introducing Donald Trump, Diplomat

Donald Trump gives me his Grumpy Cat look.

    I’m sitting in his office in Trump Tower high above Fifth Avenue, next to a wall plastered with framed magazine covers giving the effect of an infinity mirror, his face endlessly multiplying — including an old Playboy with the real estate mogul slyly smiling next to a comely bunny.

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The Frontier Chocolatier

    In the arid hills that rim this remote town of just 327 people, Tim Kellogg spent countless hours with cattle: feeding them, herding them, even helping them give birth. He was a cowboy through and through.

    In his shop on the sleepy main street, which could almost pass for the set of a Western, he toiled just as arduously at a mixer and a stove, fashioning one decadent truffle after another. He was a chocolatier, too.

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The Junk Politics of 2015

    When you eat a bowl of Simply Granola in the morning, you may think you’re making a healthy start to the day, courtesy of Quaker Oats. But you’re taking in the amount of sugar in almost four Oreo cookies.

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Activists ‘Feel the Bern?’

    Bernie Sanders is an unlikely phenomenon.

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Republicans Against Retirement

    Something strange is happening in the Republican primary — something strange, that is, besides the Trump phenomenon. For some reason, just about all the leading candidates other than The Donald have taken a deeply unpopular position, a known political loser, on a major domestic policy issue. And it’s interesting to ask why.

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The Bernie Sanders factor

    A small-sample poll in New Hampshire shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton by 44 percent to 37, six months before the state's first-in-the-nation 2016 presidential primary. At the same time, Sanders is drawing huge crowds in cities around the country where he was virtually unknown when he threw his hat in the ring. What's going on?

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When Yeats comes knocking

    W. B. Yeats' "The Second Coming," written in 1919, is my nominee for the most cited poem in political commentary. The line invoked most -- "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity" -- is irresistible. It's always tempting to assume that the side we oppose brings vast reservoirs of demonic energy to bear against our own sad and bedraggled allies.

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August 13th

Trump thumps himself

    As if we did not already know it before Fox News' Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Donald Trump can dish out barbs against other people, but he can't take 'em.

    "The questions to me were far tougher," he told reporters after the debate. "I didn't think they were appropriate. And I thought Megyn behaved very badly, personally."

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Trump doubles down on boorishness

    Everything that is wrong with Donald Trump -- that makes him such a danger to the Republican Party and to the country -- emerged in the opening minutes of Thursday's debate in his response to Megyn Kelly' question about misogyny.

    "You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals,'" Kelly noted.

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Tougher rules can't repair banking's broken culture

    Successful economies need healthy banks. In 2008, the errors of the U.S. banking system crashed the global economy. Seven years later, the recovery in the U.S. and elsewhere is still tepid-- and the failure to get the financial system working as it should is one reason why.

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