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 In this July 25, 2014 file photo, a black bear in captivity waits for visitors to throw food into his pen at the the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine.  Money is pouring into Maine to support — and oppose — a referendum to ban three methods of bear hunting. Both sides have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to win the November ballot question.

Oh, be still thy twitching trigger finger. This isn't an anti-hunting column; it's a pro-humanity column. Ours.


Posted at 2:56 p.m.
 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn participates in a rally before casting a ballot in early voting at the Adamsville Recreation Center in Fulton County on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Atlanta.  Nunn is running against Republican David Perdue.

Nunn's comfort in her own skin is in sharp contrast to other Democrats on the ballot, who are making awkward maneuvers to distance themselves from Obama and much of the Democratic Party.


Posted at 2:12 p.m.
 Protesters carry crosses with the names of black men who have been killed during a march to the Ferguson, Mo., police station, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Activists planned a day of civil disobedience to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in August and a second police shooting in St. Louis this month.

The number of young men of color shot by police needs to come down. It's in the best interests of police to step out from behind the "blue shield" and commit to lowering them.


Posted on Oct. 21, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.
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 Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, right, addresses the media as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at Donamire Farm in Lexington, Ky. Romney was in Kentucky to attend a fundraiser for McConnell, and to endorse his re-election bid to the senate.
Posted on Oct. 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Republican midterm victories are the anomaly, distracting attention from trends that are gradually condemning the Republican Party to regional appeal and national irrelevance.

 A payday loan business in Phoenix.
Posted on Oct. 20, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

Crusaders against such loans often make the interest rate charged seem even higher by quoting these interest rates in annual terms, even when the loan is actually repayable in a matter of weeks.

 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn, center right, with daughter Elizabeth, high-fives a voter as she participates in early voting at Fulton County's Adamsville Recreation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Atlanta.  Nunn is running against Republican David Perdue.
Posted on Oct. 20, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

Democrats can't win without a sufficient share of the white working-class vote.

 In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Coast Guard Health Technician Nathan Wallenmeyer, left, and CBP supervisor Sam Ko conduct prescreening measures on a passenger, right, who arrived from Sierra Leone at O'Hare International Airport's Terminal 5 in Chicago. Officials recommend against travel to the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the epicenter of the epidemic.
Posted on Oct. 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

If we dare, it makes exceptionally good sense to treat travelers from infected countries with exceptional scrutiny on this end of the trip.

 Democratic candidates James Lee Witt, left, and Mike Ross, right, watch former President Bill Clinton speak to the crowd during a rally at the train depot in his hometown of Hope, Ark., Saturday, Oct, 18, 2014. Clinton praised all of the democratic candidates up for election and touched on topics such as the Ebola and health care.
Posted on Oct. 19, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Time has a way of erasing memories and softening differences.

 Michelle Singletary
Posted on Oct. 19, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.
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 The leaves change colors on Sunset Boulevard north of Bristol in this Elkhart Truth file photo.
Posted on Oct. 19, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

The Place Where You Live columnist Mark Mikel reflects on how to go beyond change to something deeper.

 Dr. Francis Collins, a scientist who helped unravel the human genetic code, talks about his role as the newly-confirmed director of the National Institutes of Health. on his first day at work at NIH headquarters in Bethesda, Md., Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.
Posted on Oct. 18, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

Who would say, given the economic catastrophe that an Ebola outbreak could cause, that spending tens of millions more for an Ebola vaccine is wasteful?

 President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, in San Dimas, Calif. Obama designated the nearly 350,000 acres within the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles a national monument. Supporters say the move will provide recreational opportunities for millions of people — minorities and children in particular — who live in Los Angeles County, one of the most disadvantaged areas in terms of access to open space. Local officials worry about potential use restrictions.
Posted on Oct. 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Liberty is precious, and it is easier to lose than it is to gain.

 Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf meets with audience members during a rally Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at the Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in Philadelphia.
Posted on Oct. 17, 2014 at 11:43 a.m.

Tom Wolf is an unusual politician who speaks to two of the main sources of popular discontent: unhappiness with the economic system over its failure to deliver for so many workers, and widespread alienation from government.


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 In this frame grab from video provided by Texas Health Resources, Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating a Liberian man, talks while being recorded at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, before being flown to the National Institutes of Health outside Washington. Pham is shown in the video — posted online by the hospital's parent company — smiling as she sits upright in a hospital bed while a man identified as her treating physician can be heard thanking her for getting well and being part of the volunteer team that took care of the first patient.

Posted on Oct. 17, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
 Police keep watch on a home Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 in Tallmadge, Ohio where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. At least seven people in northeast Ohio are under voluntary quarantine and being monitored because they had contact with Vinson, a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola shortly after visiting the area last weekend, health officials said Thursday.

Posted on Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:58 p.m.
 Civilians inspect the aftermath of a Monday car bombing, in the eastern Habibiya district of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. A spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead, Iraqi officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but the Islamic State fighters say they have a foothold inside Baghdad and have claimed several large-scale bombings in the city in the past months, particularly in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City.

Posted on Oct. 16, 2014 at 4:17 p.m.
 People cross the street in front of the Lerner Theater on Main Street in downtown Elkhart during Elkhart Art Walk on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The event featured music and art exhibits from various different artists around town.

Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.
 A Frontier Airlines employee wears gloves as she directs passengers where to go at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with a Texas nurse as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas. The Ohio Department of Health says she visited family from Oct. 8-13 and flew Monday from Cleveland to Dallas.

Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 5:09 p.m.
 U.S. Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Ky.,  right, and  Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, rehearsed with host Bill Goodman before their appearance on

Posted on Oct. 15, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.
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