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Why so many politicians on late-night TV?

Vice President Biden shaking hands with Stephen Colbert on Late Show on CBS (Credit: Late Show with Stephen Colbert/CBS)President Obama was the first sitting president to be a late-night television guest. His visit last July to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart marked his fifteenth such appearance. 2016 presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and possible candidate Joe Biden have all made the late-night rounds. Hillary Clinton has been on Ellen, was interviewed by Lena Dunham, and appeared on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

Why do presidents and aspiring presidents seek such comedic exposure? Because authenticity is vital to popularity today. According to political analyst Ken Walsh, the most likable candidate has won every presidential contest since 1980.

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Shooter kills 9 at Oregon college

Authorities carry a shooting victim away from the scene after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, October 1, 2015 (Credit: AP/Roseburg News-Review/Mike Sullivan)"Students are running everywhere. Holy God." This student's tweet, shortly after gunfire
broke out yesterday at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, tells the story. Ten are
dead, with 15 wounded. The school's website states that Umpqua is a "peaceful, safe
atmosphere." And so it was, before a tragedy the school will never forget.

In more bad news, Hurricane Joaquin is coming. The storm has already devastated parts of the Bahamas, and will begin affecting the U.S. this weekend. Several governors have declared states of emergency. Joaquin is expected to impact over 65 million people from South Carolina to Massachusetts.

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Why are Jews eating in shacks?

Ultra-Orthodox Jews check myrtle branches to determine if they are ritually acceptable as one of the four items used as a symbol on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, which begins on Sunday and commemorates the Israelites 40 years of wandering in the desert, September 24, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Oded Balilty)If you have observant Jewish neighbors, you may be wondering why they're eating in outdoor shacks this week. If they live in apartments, they're eating in booths built on balconies, on the roof or next to the building.

The reason: this is the holiday of Sukkot (also known as the Feast of Tabernacles), a Jewish tradition that celebrates the harvest and remembers the Jews' forty-year wandering in the wilderness.

During that time, the people lived in shacks they made along the way. To commemorate this experience, the Lord instructed his people: "You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths, that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt" (Leviticus 23:42-43).

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Planned Parenthood CEO testifies before Congress

Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, prior to testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on 'Planned Parenthood's Taxpayer Funding.' (Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards testified before Congress yesterday. Her appearance was part of a continuing investigation into the sale of aborted babies and their body parts (euphemistically called "fetal tissue"). This practice was unknown to most Americans before ten videos released by The Center for Medical Progress exposed it.

n a more positive note, the ubiquitousness of cell phones is making anonymous acts of kindness less anonymous. Last summer, a black police officer helped a white supremacist suffering from heat exhaustion at a KKK rally. The picture taken by an onlooker went viral. NBA star Roy Hibbert took a cellphone picture of a policeman giving a set of boots to a homeless man. It too went viral.

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Should a Muslim be President?

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks at a presidential forum sponsored by Heritage Action at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina, September 18, 2015 (Credit: AP/Richard Shiro)On September 20, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson was asked, "Should a president's faith matter?" He replied, "Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it's inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter."

The questioner then asked, "So do you believe that Islam is consistent with the Constitution?" Carson replied, "No, I don't, I do not. . . . I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that."

A firestorm erupted. Several presidential candidates quickly quoted Article VI of the Constitution, "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." But Dr. Carson did not state that a Muslim is disqualified for office. Rather, he stated that he considered Islamic law (shari'a) and the Constitution to be incompatible.

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