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It's very hard to watch another human being cry. It makes you feel like a voyeur, gazing upon a sad moment that should be lived privately.

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I have some New Year's resolutions I want various politicians and other officials to make, and so I imagined a stage, dreamed about their getting together and uttering chosen words, and noticed … more
Suppose that you start college with a keen interest in physics, and you quickly discover that almost all members of the physics department are Democrats. Would you think that something is wrong? more
The end of the school year has a tendency to bring crises to my attention.I’m a graduate teaching assistant, which means I have more face-to-face contact with the students than the professor I work … more
President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called 'the Iran Deal,' has gained us nothing, and could potentially cost us much more … more
Along with his many other daily Tweet targets, President Trump can't stop beating up on Jeff Sessions for being a lousy attorney general.When it comes to Sessions, the president leaves no petty … more
The midterms are coming up in a couple of weeks, in case you hadn't noticed.I'm living out here in California, but I'm sure the same thing is going on across the country.All the Democrats in federal … more
Everyone's perspective is framed by their life circumstances and experiences. From our perspective, we act on our choices. When it comes to young people, they just don't vote. Political groups have … more
So what do Crystal City, Va., and Long Island City, N.Y., have that your city or state doesn't?Well, everything, as it turns out.Or at least enough to beat 18 other finalists to land Amazon's … more
Today, too many Americans consider Thanksgiving as a mere speed bump on the way to Christmas, a chance to fuel up for Black Friday, when they'll need their energy to cage-fight each other for an … more
This year I can't think of Thanksgiving without thinking of Barry Manilow's melancholy song "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again."Google news items about "Thanksgiving," and amidst the tofu turkey … more
I’ve never claimed to be Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor. In fact, I’d say I’m more Rip Taylor than Tim Taylor, without the confetti and bad toupee, of course. I may not be much of a tool man, … more
I served three year-long tours of duty in Iraq, and for the most part am okay but have nearly lost my mind during the chaotic cruises with the cats. First, there’s Maggie. She had what appeared … more
On Nov. 6, Americans will have the privilege to participate in our system of democracy in an event traditionally known as Election Day, when we will vote for candidates aspiring to federal, state and … more
Last week, while hiking on the hills overlooking beautiful Lake Martin in East Alabama, a snake fell on Lucy’s shoulder. She screamed at the top of her lungs, which startled me. Abigail just looked … more
The other day, I walked past one of the azalea bushes. I noticed something strange, so I moved in for a closer look. Wrapped around one of the branches was a little snake—a monster of a snake … more
A friend who works in campaigns recently joked that there ought to be a mandatory, two-week respite from any kind of political talk immediately after Election Day.Fighting a bad cold and exhausted … more
Like millions of Americans, I often took my incredible freedoms for granted — until I visited Saudi Arabia. For years, I’ve done marketing communications work for technology companies. … more
I read the news today, oh boy. And by "read" I mean skimmed. And by "news" I mean aggregates. And by "today" I mean round-the-clock. And by "oh boy" I mean I'm suffering from email newsletter … more
As the latest Central American caravan presses North, it grows in size, and as of Monday reached more than 7,000-strong. Whether 700 or 7,000 migrants ever enter the U.S., their presence would be bad … more
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