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This week we get two fancy luxury sedans to try. First up is the LS 500. This is the flagship of the Lexus line. The price tag will certainly convince you. The starting fee is $80K. But as usual, the option list is huge to make your wallet small. The total tab was $99K.

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While you’re giving thanks this week, take a moment to express your gratitude to the generous folks who are helping to receive and resettle Afghan refugees. They represent the very best of the American spirit: good-hearted and open-minded, a spirit that might flicker and fade in Washington, …

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“Love is love.” “Science is science.” Homes and offices in Washington, D.C. must display every politically correct lawn sign there is. Could it be these signs give a sense of belonging, the kind that used to be provided by organized religion? And what does “Love is love” and “Science is scie…

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There’s been a lot of attention paid to President Joe Biden’s falling job approval rating. And it is indeed going down, down, down. But along with confidence in the president, the public is also losing faith in the Democratic Party’s ability to handle the issues that most concern voters toda…

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The World Series has come around again, evoking the usual mixed feelings. For one thing, I don’t have a team this year, although I’ll be pulling for Atlanta in honor of my friend Lauren, a serious Braves fan I pretty much talked into baseball when she was my student. As a sometime athlete an…

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It’s open enrollment season for Medicare. Local TV stations and cable networks are flooded with ads for various insurance supplements. They promise “free” dental care, free transportation to doctors, free drugs, free dentures, and lots of other free stuff. Paid spokespersons speak of “benefi…

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Democratic Sen. Byron P. Harrison of Mississippi called the remarks “unfortunate in the extreme.” Sen. Thomas E. Watson of Georgia wondered why it was necessary for the speaker to travel to the South “to lecture their people.” Today’s historians regard the address as surprising. And even a c…

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“Alta was alive and breathed on her own for 90 minutes after her breathing tube was removed,” — Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum said, stating the key fact as clearly as can be. The United Kingdom wanted 2-year-old Alta Fixsler dead. The powers-that-be may not have put it that baldly, but they decided…

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Many people are sharing their favorite Colin Powell stories, and here’s mine: As the child of immigrants from Jamaica, he grew up in a working-class neighborhood of the South Bronx. Behind every window or curtain, he told me, there was a pair of eyes, usually belonging to an elderly woman, w…

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Vice President Kamala Harris, who appears to be in the witness protection program when it comes to her assigned role of restoring our southern border, has re-surfaced in a video she sent to 300 Black churches in Virginia. In it, she calls on congregants to vote for Democratic candidate for g…

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The disgraced former British spy Christopher Steele has kept a low profile in recent years. Understandably so, given that investigations revealed his dossier — the collection of anti-Trump stories he compiled to try to undermine Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential candidacy — was filled with fa…

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We have driven plenty of ES sedans, and can say they are certainly the best luxury ride in the Lexus fleet and among the better on the market. There are now three versions to pick from. First is the ES 250. It has a small economical engine rated at 203 horsepower. Next up is the ES 350 with …

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Britain’s Home Office says more than 12,500 migrants have broken the law to get into the UK so far this year. Compare this to the nearly 200,000 migrants who have crossed the nearly nonexistent southern border just in July of this year. The count is estimated by the overwhelmed U.S. Customs …

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PITTSBURGH — In December 1833, a young man from Chester, N.H., moved to Washington to take up a position as a clerk in the House of Representatives, spending his first day touring the city with Rep. Franklin Pierce, who later would become president and a profoundly divisive figure in the country.

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