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Is ‘Absolutely! {Perhaps}’ a weird play? Absolutely. (Perhaps)

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WASHINGTON, October 14, 2014 – Constellation Theatre Company opened its 2014-2015 regular season this weekend past with a new production of Luigi Pirandello’s 1917 drama “Cosi e (se vi pare).” Roughly translated from the Italian as “Right you are (if you think so),” the play is based on an earlier novel by the author. Now

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Africa created the Ebola outbreak

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Africa needs to be a little bit ashamed that it could not deal effectively with this outbreak.

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Wall Street Hell Week: Dow, S&P500, NASDAQ crater again

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WASHINGTON, October 15, 2014 – It’s a bad day for the Maven today as he tries to file his tax return before the ultimate filing deadline today while simultaneously directing a virtual fire hose at his fire-consumed portfolio. Stocks themselves have descended into the bowels of hell this morning, with the Dow initially down well

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Same-sex marriage & pushing the limits: Why can’t I marry my English Cocker

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Still, I have just one unsettling thought: if everything is permitted, then maybe nothing is permitted.

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Political gaffes, Alison Grimes, and low information America

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Behold the new American solipsism: I don’t think, therefore I ain’t.

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Ophelia’s story: Surviving a sociopath’s cruelty and mind games

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The level of cruelty and mind games was unfathomable. I did not previously know a person who could be capable of anything like this.

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Safe and economical “new” Halloween traditions

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Many Americans will be looking for new, less expensive ways to dress children, adults, pets, and other family members as they get into the Halloween spirit.

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Houston’s Mayor Parker’s First Amendment Witch Hunt

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Houstonians opposed to the city’s new HERO provisions filed a lawsuit, and in response, the mayor wants area pastors to turn over their sermons.

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Congressional corruption dims the shining city on the hill

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The founding fathers feared – we now have the favored few who have enriched themselves at the public trough – and it is Congress

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Obamacare one year later: Many Americans can’t afford to see their doctor

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But is the ACA providing affordable care for all Americans?

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Election 2014 predictions: The Governors

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Voter disgust with Washington can bring down unpopular governors, but capable chief executives can buck national trends just as easily.

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Harry Reid is ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ – Lois Lerner cries ‘Gimme Shelter’

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Reid has an apartment at the DC Ritz, having reportedly paid $175,000 for what he calls his “one bedroom apartment.”

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John Oliver leads the pumpkin spice revolt

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SEATTLE — October 13, 2014 — Having a Monday morning without a John Oliver video to watch from his broadcast the night before is like drinking a pumpkin spice latte which doesn’t contain real pumpkin. HBO’s John Oliver has put together a hilarious rant against the ever-so-popular pumpkin spice found in many drinks and other foods

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FREEDOM: A resource policy for energy and the environment (Part 1)

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RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif., October 13, 2014 – Energy and the environment are inextricably combined, yet they are rarely discussed within the context of a national resource policy. Then again, we really do not have a national resource policy or any other clearly articulated policy for that matter. Let’s fix that by crafting an intelligent