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Why I'm not a fan of the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Tom Keane, Boston Globe August 25, 2014, 06:00 PM

Getting folks to recognize a need always seems to require coercion, but the current fad goes a splash beyond.

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Minnesota's strengths, from one get-together to another

By LORI STURDEVANT, Star Tribune August 23, 2014, 06:00 PM

The state's lessons on citizenship and governance can be found, for sake of example, at the State Fair.

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Police cameras aren't the answer to problems like Ferguson

By Editorial, Bloomberg View August 25, 2014, 11:26 AM

Many questions are raised by this technology.

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What is liberalism?

By Clive Crook, Bloomberg News August 25, 2014, 11:27 AM

A new book sets out to define it, not as an ideology but as a practice guided by “four loose ideas.”

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The rise of the Western jihadist

By Alex Massie, Foreign Policy August 22, 2014, 06:12 PM

The recent beheading video was narrated by an apparent Londoner. Among radicals, he's hardly unique.

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Fears about social media? Same as it ever was.

By John Rash, Star Tribune August 22, 2014, 06:12 PM

A new book — "From the Dance Hall to Facebook" — explores "teen girls, mass media and moral panic."

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Why government really frosts our cupcakes

By George F. Will, Washington Post August 23, 2014, 06:00 PM

It's simply everywhere, showing off hardware, demanding conformity and generally eschewing logic.

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Technology opens up possibilities for prostitution

By Editorial, The Economist August 23, 2014, 06:00 PM

For starters, it can make interactions safer. It also can get undesirable activity off the streets. It doesn't make sense for governments to try to stifle these steps forward.

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The world as it is: We need a Marshall Plan for the modern era

By Bonnie Blodgett August 23, 2014, 06:00 PM

But it's not what we've had in recent decades as we worship at the free-market altar.

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The U.S. must not leave a void in Afghanistan

By Editorial, Washington Post August 24, 2014, 06:00 PM

Yet that's what the president aims to do, doubling down on failure of that action in Iraq

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