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Martin Dyckman: In post-truth America, responsible news more important than ever

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There’s a scene in the musical “Chicago” that could be adopted virtually intact when they make the one I’d call “Trumpistan.” It’s the number in which a cunning criminal defense attorney, Billy Flynn, works the press as a chorus of puppets, dangling from strings, as they dance to his tune and parrot his words. That Donald Trump did that with much of the media is, aside from the result itself, one of the two most uncomfortable truths about the 2016…

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Ben Carson: Can a man of great surgical skill lead a nation?

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Ben Carson is the only 2016 candidate for president who has never led a state or company or run for political office. No matter, he says. Surely someone who can perform life-or-death surgeries can run the country. Carson challenged the medical status quo as a storied neurosurgeon — cutting out half of a child’s brain to end her seizures, separating twins joined at the head — in a three-decade career at Johns Hopkins Hospital. “I believe in getting the best…

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Even before presidential launch, Marco Rubio has built nationwide money machine

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who is likely to formally declare his intention to run for president later this month, already has built an operation that brought in cash from all corners of the nation and banked more money than similar congressional fundraising operations. It’s a good start for the Republican from West Miami, Fla., if he expects to compete in a crowded GOP field that will kick off its 2016 presidential race 10 months from now in Iowa and New…

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