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  • Good for you, Kaci Hickox

    Thank you, Kaci Hickox.

    You did the world a service in traveling to Sierra Leone to care for Ebola patients. Then you did your country a service in standing up for rationality.

    It might have been easier to go along with the unnecessary quarantine. After all, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) observed with his usual sensitivity when Hickox was being detained in his state, “She was inside the hospital in a climate-controlled area with access to her cellphone, access to the Internet and takeout food from the best restaurants in Newark.”

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  • Why Jeb Bush should run for president

    Run, Jeb, run.

    I mean it, despite two powerful arguments against a presidential run by Jeb Bush — one specific to the former Florida governor, one more generic.

    Generic first, because it is the more compelling: The thought of a Republican president makes me shudder, largely because of the irreparable harm to the Supreme Court. Legislative and regulatory mistakes can be fixed, albeit at enormous cost and difficulty. (Think George W. Bush’s tax cuts.) Foreign policy blunders are harder to repair. (Think George W. Bush’s war in Iraq.)

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  • A call to action from ‘Patient Zero’ Monica Lewinsky

    Monica Lewinsky is trying to make lemonade out of 16-year-old lemons. Good for her, and good, ultimately, for us.

    Not so good, of course, for Hillary Clinton’s nascent presidential campaign, but not fatal either. Lewinsky’s decision to reemerge as a public figure, this time committed to alleviating the scourge of cyberbullying, is awkward.

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  • A campaign with no answers

    The closing days of a closely fought election rarely offer uplifting moments, but the 2014 season has been particularly dreary, nearly devoid of content and high on unedifying spectacle.

    Perhaps the iconic moment came when former Florida governor Charlie Crist (D) faced an empty lectern for seven minutes while his Republican opponent, Gov. Rick Scott, sulked over Crist’s insistence that he have a cooling fan at his stand. Seriously, seven minutes. At which point Scott blinked, and the debate that voters deserved could finally start.

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  • Ruth Marcus: Actually, flu is the virus you should really be worrying about

    If you are worried about contracting Ebola, I have two suggestions. First, stop. Second, get a flu shot.

    On the first: If you live in the United States, your chances of getting Ebola are vanishingly small — even if you are a health-care worker, or a journalist who travels to Africa to report on the epidemic.

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