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    Candidates pander to what women want

    Women are big this election season. No group is more courted. It’s great! The issues are important. Plus, we all enjoy the occasional pander. Candidates are re-interpreting their old arguments in a new, woman-centric way.

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    Millionaire status becoming a tad pedestrian

    Time was that “being a millionaire” was a mark of unimaginable success. You’d joined the financial elite. People didn’t much discuss whether you arrived by wealth or income, because it didn’t matter much. The millionaire’s club was so small that the path...

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    The Amazon.com monopsony abuses its power

    Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America. OK, I know that was kind of abrupt. But I wanted to get the central point out there right away, because discussions of Amazon tend, all too often, to get lost in side issues.

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    Ginsburg’s wake-up call on voting rights

    On the surface, Supreme Court justices seem to have it pretty easy: They decide only around 70 cases per year with a written opinion, meaning each of the nine justices on average gets assigned to write fewer than nine majority opinions per year. They do not sit for regular argument in July, August...

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    Hospitals must prepare better for Ebola

    In any health care setting, it is wise to listen to the nurses, who see all. Their reports from Dallas about the initial procedures used in treating Thomas Eric Duncan are appalling. Safety suits with exposed necklines left nurses to cover skin with tape. When tape is removed, it abrades the skin...

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    On Ebola, candor from CDC is needed

    Let’s make a deal: We'll all promise not to panic about Ebola if the experts – especially those at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – agree to get their stories straight.

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    Some scarier U.S. epidemics than Ebola

    Do me a favor. Turn away from the ceaseless media coverage of Ebola in Texas - the interviews with the Dallas nurse’s neighbors, the hand-wringing over her pooch, the instructions on protective medical gear - and answer this: Have you had your flu shot? Are you planning on one?

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    When it comes to Ebola, we are all Liberians

    Ebola is a nightmare disease that travel restrictions cannot keep out. The correct response should be urgent concern – not panic – and an all-out crusade to extinguish the West Africa outbreak of the deadly virus at its source.

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    Leon Panetta raises question of leadership

    Disloyal or not, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has delivered a root-and-branch critique of President Obama’s approach to the Middle East.

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    Supreme Court surrenders to the inevitable

    By deciding not to decide, the Supreme Court may have decided: If history is a guide, same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land. The court’s refusal to take up cases brought by five states seeking to overturn appellate court rulings in favor of gay marriage was a surprise.

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