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D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser (left) and David A. Catania, and former council member Carol Schwartz, candidates for mayor of the District, took swipes at each other during a debate Wednesday. The three, each hoping to succeed Mayor Vincent C. Gray, will debate again Thursday, in advance of Saturday's start of early voting. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

EDITORIAL: For D.C. mayor, none of the above

Sitting out an election is not always an act of apathy or civic disengagement. Sometimes it can be the right choice, when the options are as unappetizing, as they are in the nation’s capital this year for voters charged with choosing a successor to Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

Health workers wear protective gears before entering the house of a person suspected to have died of Ebola virus in Port loko Community situated on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem. (AP Photo/Michael Duff)

EDITORIAL: A respite from Ebola

The Ebola threat seems to have subsided, and that’s cause for cautious relief. The operative word is “seems,” but three weeks have passed since an unemployed Liberian man flew into the United States and infected two health care workers with the deadly virus.

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Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks with Chad President Idriss Deby Itno at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, during the US African Leaders Summit. President Barack Obama and dozens of African leaders opened talks Wednesday on two key issues that threaten to disrupt economic progress on the continent: security and government corruption. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

What Africa doesn't need from us

What Africa needs is industry, power and, most of all, something to eat. Nearly 30 percent of the world's 842 million hungry live on the continent, and John F. Kerry wants to issue each of them a carbon credit.

Alfred Kinsey, seated left, with his main co-authors of "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female" at the Kinsey Institute's headquarters at Indiana University in 1953. (AP Photo)

The not-so-gay census

Judged by the noise the homosexual lobby makes, with its parades and strutting in the popular media, you might think nearly everybody in America wears the lavender with the pride of the Irish in the wearing of the green.

** FILE ** U.S. Senate candidate and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky., rallies a group of supporters during a campaign stop in Brandenburg, Ky., on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

EDITORIAL: The tax man's politics

The Internal Revenue Service continues to keep Congress, or least the House half of it, busy with investigations into the harassment of the Tea Party and how email evidence of IRS abuse mysteriously disappears.

Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh addresses a press conference, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.  India's Prime Minister Singh said Friday he would step aside after 10 years in office, paving the way for Rahul Gandhi to take the reins of the world's biggest democracy if his party stays in power in this year's elections. (AP Photo/Harish Tyagi, Pool)

EDITORIAL: An Indian success story

A city without government-provided electricity, water, sewerage, police or public transportation sounds like a nightmare. For many residents of Gurgaon, a bustling city just outside New Delhi, the Indian capital, it's a dream come true.