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November 6th, 2014

The Pitiful Whimper of 2014

    Imagine a house ablaze. Now picture a team of firefighters pulling up to it. They behold the flames shooting through its roof. They feel its heat on their faces. And they get in position to fight it.

    With squirt guns.

    That house is America, and those rescuers are the candidates in these misbegotten midterms.

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Teenagers Stand Up to Backpage

    If prostitution of children is illegal, why is it that we allow an estimated 100,000 underage girls and boys to be sold for sex in America each year - many on a single U.S. website, Backpage.com?

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How to get more excited about the midterms

    This is bad. It's less than a week until the midterms! Why aren't we excited?

    According to the Pew Research Center, only 29 percent of registered voters are following election news closely. And that's among people who say they will vote. However, 59 percent of these people "have given a lot of thought to the election," which is almost like following the news about it.

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Flying Blind in Iraq and Syria

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A Cup of G.I. Joe

    When I close my eyes, I can easily flash back to a time when it was cool to call people in uniform "pigs" and "baby killers."

    If you had any family members in the police or military in the Vietnam era, you know how searing that was.

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We can't go along with Wall Street

    Over the past week, the usually redoubtable Hillary Clinton has comported herself like a leaf in a storm. Last week, campaigning in Boston for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley, Clinton not only praised Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator who has won a devoted following as the scourge of big banks; she sounded like her.

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The Guantánamo Tapes

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Good for you, Kaci Hickox

    Thank you, Kaci Hickox.

     You did the world a service in traveling to Sierra Leone to care for Ebola patients. Then you did your country a service in standing up for rationality.

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Election Day Pop Quiz

    Elections on Tuesday! It's been quite a journey. Last spring, a woman in Iowa told voters to send her to the U.S. Senate because of her childhood experience on the farm, castrating hogs. And now she's the front-runner. Terrible to think of what campaign consultants will make of that in 2016.

    Let's see how much you've been paying attention:

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The whole story

    It was the fall of 1979. The Washington Post, which I considered the greatest newspaper in the world, was considering me for a job covering the District of Columbia's new mayor, an interesting character named Marion Barry. I knew that a couple of Post editors were going to take me to lunch. What I didn't know was that the great Ben Bradlee was coming along.

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