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November Digest, 2014

October 30, 2014

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Fannie and Freddie Must Go for 10/30/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

October 30, 2014

Say we didn’t hear that. Say we didn’t hear that rules for mortgages guaranteed by the taxpayers are going lax once again. Oh, but we did. For starters, the push is on to lower the minimum down payment required for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages to only 3 percent. During the housing bubble, Fannie and Freddie bought a lot of substandard mortgages. That’s why, when house pric ... Updated: Thu Oct 30, 2014 … Read More

Miss Manners: Men’s facial hair appears for variety of reasons

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

October 29, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: In recent months it seems that more and more men are growing facial hair in a variety of styles. I first noticed this when my parish priest returned from a sabbatical with a somewhat unflattering growth of beard. Many professional athletes have beards and long hair. Television ads depict men of all ages wearing beards. Even TV anchormen and their guests have beards. Read full article >> … Read More

One Sacrifice More for Ebola Medics for 10/28/2014

By Froma Harrop

Creators Syndicate

October 28, 2014

No, it was not OK that Dr. Craig Spencer ran around New York City upon his return from treating Ebola patients in Guinea. Among other activities, he took the subways, went bowling in Brooklyn, strolled the crowded High Line park and patronized a meatball joint in Greenwich Village. True, he was not showing symptoms of the disease and therefore was highly unlikely to have passed it on to ... Updated: Tue Oct 28, 2014 … Read More

Are Our Courts for Sale?

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

October 27, 2014

In the post-Citizens United political system, ads are affecting judges and becoming corrosive to the rule of law. … Read More

Miss Manners: Good manners don’t require catering to prejudices of others

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

October 27, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My spouse and I married out of state in 2010, after several happy years together, because our home state does not recognize same-sex marriage. He works in the arts; I am a lawyer. We attend many social and artistic events and have a wide circle of accepting friends. Read full article >> … Read More

Stalin

By Barbara Kellerman

barbarakellerman.com

October 27, 2014

Among the experts there’s a perennial debate – sometime […] … Read More

Carl Icahn’s Bad Advice

By Joe Nocera

New York Times

October 24, 2014

Apple should reject an activist shareholder’s suggestion that the company buy back its own stock to raise its share price. … Read More

Miss Manners: Young lady walks away from lewd men on street

By Judith Martin

Washington Post

October 24, 2014

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was taken aback by my elders’ reactions to an anecdote about an encounter with a strange man who accosted me in a public place. I have suddenly found myself to be a young lady, gradually achieving independence in the world, and, I am told, quite attractive. I have been approached by strangers with increasing frequency in the past few years, and as I am usually by myself and on foot, I have made it my policy that a brief exchange of polite conversation is acceptable, bu … Read More

Friday News Roundup - International

By Diane Rehm

WAMU

October 24, 2014

Canadian authorities said they still had no clear motive for a shooting rampage at Parliament. But a picture has emerged of the gunman as a troubled man who was frustrated by delays in his plans to go to Syria. Iraqis expressed relief that four former Blackwater security guards were convicted in a deadly Baghdad shooting. Hong Kong officials met with students for the first time since pro-democracy protests began. And the governor of the Mexican state where 43 students disappeared has resigned. A … Read More

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