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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Holding memories for my Aunt Millie

leonard-pitts.jpg CHICAGO -- It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.

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Mark Shields: 'Politics ain't beanbag'

Shields-c.jpg Grantland Rice, a popular American sportswriter of the first half of the 20th century, gave us an often-quoted homily to sportsmanship: "For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, he writes -- not that you won or lost -- but how you played the game." In losing American political campaigns, Rice's second line is often changed to "he writes not that you won or lost but how you place blame."

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Rich Lowry: The poll tax that wasn't

Rich-Lowry_C.jpg When the Supreme Court rejected a petition to stop a Texas voter-ID law from going into effect for the midterms, the left commenced its wailing and gnashing of teeth.

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Froma Harrop: One sacrifice more for Ebola medics

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg No, it was not OK that Dr. Craig Spencer ran around New York City upon his return from treating Ebola patients in Guinea. Among other activities, he took the subways, went bowling in Brooklyn, strolled the crowded High Line park and patronized a meatball joint in Greenwich Village.

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Scott Rasmussen: Americans love community, hate politics

Rasmussen-Scott.jpg To understand the lack of enthusiasm most Americans feel about the midterm elections, it's important to recognize a vital distinction between government and community.

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Kathleen Parker: Bears, wolves find a voice in wilderness

kathleenparker-c.jpg WASHINGTON -- If politicians preying upon your attentions this season fail to inspire, you might seek common cause with the beasts -- the four-legged variety rather than those running for office.

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Froma Harrop: Canada can be tough on immigration

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg Two years ago, Jeffrey Niehaus was a popular teacher at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. An American, Niehaus had applied for permanent residency in Canada. But Canada turned him down. The reason? The psychology professor's 4-year-old son, Kurt, had autism. Treating autism would have been too costly for the government's health care system.

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Connie Schultz: Twerk on, sisters!

Connie-Schultz-c.jpg The first time I saw the video of Miley Cyrus twerking with Robin Thicke... Let's start over.

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Robert B. Reich: Getting a grip on Ebola

robert-reich-c.jpg We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died and two people are infected with his body fluids.

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Froma Harrop: 'Death with Dignity' law is least slippery slope

Harrop-c.jpg The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The law lets terminally ill patients end their lives with the aid of a doctor. That Maynard is a pretty 29-year-old newlywed using her personal tragedy to broaden support for such laws provokes and rankles foes of physician-assisted suicide. She also rejects the term "suicide."

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