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Our society seems to be fraying at the seams. One sure sign is an Education Ministry gone mad.
 
Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but Kaine's cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion.
 
During the primaries, Donald Trump threw red-meat rhetoric to supporters, pledging to build a wall on the Mexico border and to ban Muslim immigrants. He even told at least one crowd that he wanted to punch a demonstrator who disrupted an event.
 
Amid all the horrid news flooding into our lives these recent days from a dozen or more countries or well known cities, I picked up the paper this past Wednesday and nearly fell off my feet. Like everyone in Taiwan and, I trust, our friends in the People's Republic of China (PRC) as well, I felt dismayed.
 
The military coup attempted in Turkey reinforces already strong anxiety about the Middle East. The effort by elements of the armed forces to oust the elected civilian government has failed, in part because the military was not unified in support of removing current leadership.
 
A Tesla in Autopilot mode can drive itself but it's not a "self-driving" vehicle, at least as far as safety regulators are concerned.
 
The Indian subcontinent was partitioned in 1947 into India and Pakistan on the basis of religion. Bangladesh was born 31 years later, in 1971, on the basis of nationalism, democracy and secularism. Democracy we lost first, in the mid-70s and then in the early 80s, and are yet to recover fully. Secularism, which was on a gradual decline, now faces its most severe threat.
 
What's beginning to look like this year's Republican presidential primaries in the U.S. has morphed into a political scramble for the U.N. secretary general's seat.
 
Twitter was embroiled in controversy Wednesday after banning an editor at the conservative Breitbart website for fueling a stream of abuse that drove "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones to quit the social network.
 
Donald Trump is a billionaire real estate tycoon with bravado to spare, a former reality television star who says winning is everything -- and has his sights set on one of the biggest prizes on Earth.
 
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