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Adam Putnam: Fight hatred, but don’t fight over statues

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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the leading Republican candidate for governor, said Tuesday that Americans don’t need to fight about Confederate statues and should instead focus on fighting the country’s 21st-century enemies. Putnam condemned white supremacists and the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but said the country should not be fighting over the U.S. Civil War and erasing the nation’s history.

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Martin Dyckman: Keep calm and carry on

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To prepare for war with Nazi Germany, the British government considered how to maintain civilian morale should events go badly. Among other things, it printed more than two million posters with the slogan “Keep calm and carry on.” Although they were never issued, copies are available wherever good refrigerator magnets are sold. That slogan is apt today for those of us in the former colonies facing our own existential crisis — the presidential candidacy of a man with no more…

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Despite risks, Ben Carson not backing off Nazi, slavery examples

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On the eve of his party’s third debate, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson promised not to curb his penchant for using extreme examples to prove his points, such as equating abortion with slavery and comparing Islamic State fighters to patriots of the American Revolution. “I don’t buy the PC stuf. I just don’t buy it,” Carson said in a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press. He said the country can discuss complicated issues as adults, and he suggested people could…

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