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It has been said that even a broken clock shows the correct time twice daily. Shortly after taking office, Bill O’Reilly asked President Donald J. Trump how he could respect “a killer” like Vladimir Putin. In a harbinger of the year to come, the President demonstrated his conspicuous lack of circumspection and replied, "There are a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?"

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Tax reform for Christmas? Bah, humbug!

Not to be outdone by the satirist that remixed the comedic short called “Mr. Potter and the Commies of Bedford Falls” in which Mr. Henry F. Potter is the hero and George Bailey the villain, Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) recently proclaimed, “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
Is there any context where that statement might be less offensive to working men and women?

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Thanks for the advice

brianA college senior showed up on my doorstop last night. He’d stepped through a time warp from 1983 and asked me if I could sit for a few questions about journalism. I agreed for there was something in the young man’s countenance which seemed agreeable though he was rough hewn and obviously suffered from senioritis. This is a recording of some of his questions and my answers:
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