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    Would a tax on soda kill nation’s beverage industry?

    It’s a match made in nanny-state heaven. Having failed to ban Big Gulps in New York City, former Big Apple mayor Michael Bloomberg has dumped $85,000 into the campaign in San Francisco to pass Measure E - a two-cent tax on all “sugary drinks.”

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    The night Nixon called Ben Bradlee’s house

    A friend once remarked that Ben Bradlee was “a man’s man,” to which my wife replied, “he’s also quite a woman’s man.” Woman or man, it was hard to find anyone as engaging and fun to be around as Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee, who died Tuesday night...

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    I-1351 expensive without much educational benefit

    Initiative 1351 on the current ballot is an irresponsible, self-serving, budget bashing measure that exploits a soft spot with voters while hiding the enormous, untenable price they will be forced to pay. Worse, the research suggests all that expense and sacrifice will bring little or no improvement...

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    Investors have reasons to fear world economy

    It’s always been easier to justify what the market did today than to predict what it will do tomorrow. So after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index saw its steepest intraday fall since 2011, there were explanations aplenty: Everything from Germany’s fear of inflation to anxiety ...

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    Stem cell breakthrough almost got away from us

    During the past two decades, scientists, politicians and conservative activists have been fighting over stem cells, which can morph into any type of cell in the body, with the right coaxing. Some activists objected to how scientists harvest the cells they use in much of the most promising research...

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    Microsoft CEO’s remarks unsettling to everybody

    Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella had a huge “oops” moment at an event Thursday celebrating women in computing.

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    We shouldn’t glorify a person’s right to die

    Since Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act went into effect in 1997, 752 people have ended their lives painlessly and on their own terms after successfully seeking the services of a physician – fewer than the number some critics feared.

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    Ebola screening a sensible, and admirably timely step

    Only in hindsight will we truly know whether the global response to Ebola was rapid enough to stop it from spreading into a pandemic. Though there are sporadic cases in Europe and one death in the United States from the disease, it’s still, for the most part, a West African outbreak.

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    Hold North Koreans accountable for atrocities

    An North Korean official said something at the United Nations last week that perked up ears. Choe Myong-nam, a Foreign Ministry official in charge of U.N. affairs and human rights issues, acknowledged to reporters that the country did have “reform through labor detention camps.”

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    Wal-Mart’s policy may help fix Obamacare

    Wal-Mart’s decision to stop paying for health insurance for employees who work less than 30 hours a week may sound like bad news, especially for those 30,000 workers and their families. But it could become good news – for those families and everyone else – if it generates pressure...

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