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Thursday, April 16, 2015

When I meet such a person it brightens my whole day. But I confess I often have a sadder thought: It occurs to me that I've achieved a decent level of career success, but I have not achieved that. I have not achieved that generosity of spirit, or that depth of character.

A few years ago I realized that I wanted to be a bit more like those people. I realized that if I wanted to do that I was going to have to work harder to save my own soul. I was going to have to have the sort of moral adventures that produce that kind of goodness. I was going to have to be better at balancing my life.

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MAUMEE, Ohio -- The 25-year-old who cooked the chicken that went into the burrito bowl Hillary Clinton ordered at the Chipotle here on Monday makes $8.20 an hour and splits rent with two roommates.

The 29-year-old general manager used to work three jobs and now is thrilled to be able to have just this one.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been convicted on all counts in the killing of Odin Lloyd, including first-degree murder. Lloyd was killed in June 2013. The verdict comes after jurors heard testimony from 135 total witnesses -- 132 called by the prosecution -- in the 10-week long case. Hernandez was also found guilty of two weapons charges. Sentencing is set to begin at 10:50 a.m. Prosecutors alleged that Hernandez and co-defendants Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace drove Lloyd to a North Attleboro industrial park, where they shot and killed him around 3:25 a.m. read more


he horrific rampage of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has captured the world's attention. Many Western commentators have characterized ISIL's crimes as unique, no longer practiced anywhere else in the civilized world. They argue that the group's barbarism is intrinsically Islamic, a product of the aggressive and archaic worldview that dominates the Muslim world. The ignorance of these claims is stunning.

While there are other organized groups whose depravity and threat to the United States far surpasses that of ISIL, none has engendered the same kind of collective indignation and hysteria. This raises a question: Are Americans primarily concerned with ISIL's atrocities or with the fact that Muslims are committing these crimes?

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

President Obama ended months of stonewalling and agreed Tuesday that he would sign legislation allowing lawmakers to review any nuclear deal with Iran, after Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee banded together to unanimously approve compromise language.

The panel voted 19-0 to approve legislation worked out between Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, who took over as ranking Democrat after Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on federal corruption charges. Menendez was co-author of the legislation with Corker.

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