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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an awarding ceremony in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, pool)

The world's realists mop the floor with our naive globalists

After bombing hospitals and aid convoys during the latest abortive cease-fire in the Syrian War — notice I didn't say "civil war" because this is now a global conflict — Moscow on Thursday generously proposed a 48-hour window to allow relief supplies to enter the besieged city of Aleppo, which Syrian government forces are doing a very good job of reconquering with Russian support.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Clinton and Trump win debate

The first presidential debate of 2016 is not likely to change many minds about which candidate to vote for. As to substance: the results were much as predicted in my Sunday column, namely Hillary Clinton for the status quo only more so, and Donald J. Trump for significant change.

In this Feb. 20, 1962 file photo, an elder warrior with a stone axe over his shoulder stands over the Baliem Valley in the central mountain range of Papua New Guinea. New research published Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 suggests that the genetic ancestry of people living outside Africa can be traced almost completely to a single exodus of humans from that continent long ago. But some native islanders of Papua New Guinea may also carry a tiny legacy from an earlier exit. (AP Photo)

Out of Africa: Science unites what politics divide

Science lovers like me take particular delight when new scientific findings harmonize with ancient narratives. That's just what happened last week, with the publication of three major genetic studies that showed a common African root for all living branches of the human family tree.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a rally in Roanoke, Va., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Trump faces Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the first of three debates Monday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump vs. Clinton and the Establishment

The so-called establishment has become increasingly concerned as Donald Trump's unorthodox march to the presidency gains momentum and credibility.

Employees work at their stations at the Target Technology Innovation Center office in San Francisco. At a 21 percent turnover rate last year, millennials were three times more likely than nonmillennials to report changing jobs, and 60 percent said they were currently open to a change in employment, more than 15 points higher than nonmillennials. (Associated Press)

The millennial mindset

A good friend of mine worked in the pharmaceutical sales industry throughout the '80s and '90s. Through those years, he hired hundreds of college graduates to their first real professional jobs. Suddenly these kids used to making $7 an hour waiting tables were making $50K annually.

President Clinton is surrounded by several members of Congress who supported the Long-Term Care Security Act as he signs it into law in September 2000.

20 years ago, Bill Clinton signed Defense of Marriage Act

It's not that a politician can never change a belief or come to a different understanding on an issue. But do we really believe that the Clintons were for DOMA? No. Do we have any evidence that the Clintons were against DOMA? No. Whatever you think of DOMA, who can respect, or trust, such trickiness on such an important issue of our times?

New Yorkers pass a shattered storefront window on W. 23rd St. in Manhattan, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in New York. The window was hit by shrapnel from the terrorist bomb that exploded across the street Saturday evening. An Afghan immigrant wanted in the bombings was captured Monday after being wounded in a gun battle with police. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Terrorism encroaches on America: Learn from Israel

What a weekend! A bomb exploded in one Manhattan neighborhood, and an unexploded pressure-cooker device was found just blocks away. Meanwhile, across the country at a mall in Minnesota, a man calling out the word "Allah" stabbed nine people before he was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.