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Politics and parody; your dog for president

As the Wall Street Journal put it, from the beginning, the 2016 White House race has defied just about every expectation.

Donald Trump was more punchline than presidential contender when he announced his candidacy in June, 2015.  Despite coming in second — close to third — in this week’s Iowa caucuses, Trump holds the lead in the polls in New Hampshire, where the first primary in the nation takes place this coming Tuesday. The joke still might be on his detractors.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:44 )

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Where wheels spin

Tuesday morning swirled with snow. Cars lacking the protection of garages moaned under mounds of white luggage. So you get out the shovel and dig yourself to freedom in the hopes of making an escape. Think again. Wedged between an SUV in front of you and a shiny red Corvette behind, it’s a veritable prison. Rock forward, rock back, forward, back — and still stuck.
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Where fear lurks

Super Bowl 50 awaits. It looms in the near distance. It grows nearer by the day. Beneath its copious bunting of orange and blue, its flags, stocking caps, jerseys, socks, plastic horse heads and assorted ephemera, Denver awaits its entry into America’s great 21st century Coliseum. The Super Bowl. Which awaits. And gladdens, inspires, excites, motivates and intimidates.
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What? Me a fundraiser?

Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and a legendary fundraiser, just published his autobiography, Meant To Be (Toby Press). While dealing with the ultraserious issues of human rights and anti-Semitism, Hier is famous for his humor. How to be a fundraiser? Check this anecdote from the beginning of the book. He couldn’t afford to get married, so he didn’t date the girl he was interested in. Then he got a job offer, and recounts:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:38 )

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The ultimate rebuke of Bernie Sanders: Flint, Michigan

Safe water, like every other necessity, must ultimately be paid for. Bernie Sanders’ alternatives are fantasy. In reading the timeline of the terrible corruption of the water supply in Flint, Michigan, there are so many acts of malfeasance, arrogance and stupidity that it is difficult to catch the fundamental, underlying problem. Seriously culpable as the governor of Michigan, the officials in both Flint and the EPA, and others are, the ultimate failing is the idea that every necessity is bo...
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Marcy Oster Estee Ackerman, 14, of New York, lost in her first two days at the trials and eschewed the Saturday competition. ... [Link]

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