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From the time I was a toddler, I wanted to be a writer. From drawing stories on napkins before I could read to coming up with wild tales as I played pretend, the world of writing and creation was always a part of my dreams. Read more

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Leaders create culture. It is a rather straightforward concept, yet it is also misunderstood. Regardless of the corporate values posted on the website and printed on the letterhead, the real culture of the company is delivered by the members of the agency who interact with the public, and cu… Read more

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This week marks the 232nd anniversary of our Constitution. By joint resolution in 1955, Congress proclaimed the week of Sept. 17-23 of each year to be “Constitution Week.” But to the extent that we observe Constitution Week at all, what is it, exactly, that we are celebrating? Read more

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When it comes to health care, Democrats are selling snake oil. Americans are grappling with rising medical costs. But if they fall for the phony solutions the left is offering, they’ll pay with exorbitant taxes and shorter lives. Read more

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Watching the Democratic presidential debate Thursday night left one clear impression: Donald Trump won. Read more

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It’s exhausting being both a conservative and a critic of President Trump. When I aim my pen at the White House, many of my comrades on the right go nuts. And readers who love it when I go after Trump turn into a cage full of poo-flinging monkeys when I turn my attention to the Democrats. Read more

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The woman's Facebook page reveals she is a high school graduate, fit and trim-looking and nicely dressed. She lives in small town in the southern U.S. and is a devoted Christian who loves animals. Each photograph shows her with a beaming, trusting smile. She is almost always seen standing al… Read more

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Imagine if, back in 2011, President Barack Obama had not only withdrawn all U.S. forces from Iraq, facilitating the rise of the Islamic State, but also invited Islamic State leaders to Camp David to sign an agreement cementing his withdrawal plan. Obama’s decision to pull out American troops… Read more

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Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng -- lawyer, writer and former legislator -- is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city's youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient about Hong Kong'… Read more

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The now-former head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab went from hero to zero in a couple of news cycles. Once heralded for overseeing projects that use technology for social good, Joichi Ito resigned after revelations that he had tried to hide the source of donations fro… Read more

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Because Hong Kong is over 8,000 miles from Harrisonburg, it is easy to overlook the protests and turmoil there. Hong Kong was a colony of England until 1997, except for a brief period of being under Japan’s control. That’s when Hong Kong was returned to the governance of China. Deng Xiaoping… Read more

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It’s that time of the election cycle again. Candidates for national office are preaching their sweet-sounding message of “unity” to the American people. Each one believes him- or herself to be the man or woman for the job of healing our toxic politics and bringing us all together. Statements… Read more

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Once upon a time, Mark Sanford might have been a contender, but there’s too much water under the bridges that stretch from this city of steeples to his erstwhile home on Sullivan’s Island. Read more

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Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their "labor" rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that non… Read more

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If schools aren’t already back in session where you are, they soon will be. As a sign of our times, many parents will worry about the safety of their child and the possibility of another deadly school shooting. Read more

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Curiosity is a good thing to develop in your professional life. But curiosity requires that you have your eyes wide open. In order to notice what’s going on around you all the time, make the effort to be intentionally curious. Read more

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