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February 20th, 2017

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Two Days, One Night ***1/2 “It’s the economy, stupid” was written on the wall of Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters. He went on to comfortably win two elections. “I’m With Her,” read Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan. Though it may as well have read “Please don’t ask me about the economy. Those uncomfortable debates with Bernie made me not want t...

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The Founder ***1/2 It was a dark time in human history; a time when hungry people couldn’t get hot food on demand. 1950. During this dark time, the old folks say, people who lived together had to gather around the dinner table whenever the food was ready. They had as little control over their meals as a cat meowing next to her empty food bowl. They...

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The Jihadist Next Door **1/2 The most important year in European history was 732. A century before, Mohammed had founded Islam. In just a couple of generations, the conquering armies of Islam had profoundly changed the map of the world. Mohammed’s successors controlled an unbroken empire stretching from Northern India to Morocco. In 711, North Afri...

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La La Land *1/2 A few weeks ago, the biggest stars in Hollywood gathered for an opulent black-tie anti-Trump political rally. It was called the Golden Globes. I did some investigative reporting. It turns out that during this political rally, they also gave out some movie awards! “La La Land” was the big winner, capturing Best Picture (Musical or Co...

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Do Not Resist ** Have you or anyone you’ve ever known been beaten up or shot by a police officer for no reason? Me, neither. The job of America’s police officers is to keep us safe without harassing us too much in the process. All things considered, they are doing an amazing job. Meanwhile, we keep finding ways to make their job more difficult. The...

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I Am Your Father **1/2 If you will indulge me here, I am going to list all of the accomplishments of my career: 1. I’ve been with the same company for 15 years. That is all. Evidently, I am a responsible and agreeable enough employee to avoid being fired. Because I never go above and beyond in my daily work duties. I assure you of that. Do I try to...

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Rogue One *** Picture it: You just finished a feast at a Chinese buffet. You had six plates of food. Five was clearly the best, but the whole meal was wonderful. As the check is coming, you remember how tasty the beef with broccoli was and you foolishly eat one more heaping plate. Now you feel terrible. That last plate was a big mistake. That final...

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E-Team ** In the spring of 1999, The United States led a NATO force that inflicted a punishing 78-day bombing raid on Serbia. I remember the anger and confusion that I felt when I read about the attacks. By this point in my young life, I was already a pacifist. And I was already aware – as President Eisenhower forewarned – that the military industr...

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For the Love of Spock **1/2 A couple of weeks ago, my wife informed me that she had a conversation with Comcast while I was at work. Without consulting me, she drastically altered our cable agreement. Suddenly, we have a fraction of the channels we had before. Now we have the networks and little else. “Kelly,” I exclaimed, “thank you! This will abs...

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Creed **** On “South Park,” there are new characters this season called ‘Memberberries.” ‘Memberberries are little talking grapes that sit on the vine all day, reminiscing gleefully about the things that they remember from their youth. “’member Captain Kirk?” “‘member Chewbacca?” “Ooh, I remember!” People eat the ‘Memberberries and become addicted...

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