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Dear Annie: I am a 65-yearold woman who suffers from insomnia. I exercise regularly, limit my caffeine intake and try to wind down at the end of the day with more relaxing books or TV shows. However, there are still a couple of nights a week when I simply cannot fall asleep.
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DEEP IMPACT

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his week, Sen. Bernie TSanders, I-Vt., the socialist Democratic presidential frontrunner, made waves when he merely reiterated his lifelong warmth toward the viciously evil Cuban communist regime. Brushing off the human rights violations of Fidel Castro — a man whose revolution ended with the murder or imprisonment of tens of thousands of his countrymen, and decades of impoverishment and repression for millions — Sanders explained: “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. … When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing, even though Fidel Castro did it?”
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Sanders’ ‘Medicare for all’ expressly prohibits discrimination based on ‘gender identity’

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The “Medicare for All” legislation that Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced in Congress expressly prohibits discrimination based on “gender identity” but not religion.

This may not be an accident.

A reasonable reading of the bill — which is neither succinctly nor precisely written — raises the question of whether it would still be possible for Catholic (and other religious) hospitals to continue operating within its single-payer system.

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Dear Annie: My biggest accomplishment in life is my recovery. I’m currently seven years sober, and I have worked very hard to clear my history of self-destruction and rebuild my life into what it is today. I continue to attend recovery meetings and guide other women through the recovery process. But I am in a maddening loop thinking of what to do with my life.
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Bloomberg and the politics of money

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ormer New York Mayor FMichael Bloomberg has been rising drastically in the national polling for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Frightened by that rise, Democratic candidates from center-left to communist have risen as one, declaring that Bloomberg has done the process dirty: By dropping hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising, he has thwarted the process, and thus, the will of the people. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., proclaimed: “It’s a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into the debate. But at least now primary voters curious about how each candidate will take on Donald Trump can get a live demonstration of how we each take on an egomaniac billionaire.” And former Vice President Joe Biden stated, “Sixty billion dollars can buy you a lot of advertising, but it can’t erase your record.”
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Dear Annie: My parents live in a tiny Midwestern town with one restaurant. It’s a mom and pop place with really delicious food, and many of the locals are regulars, including my parents. The owner, “Martina,” is extremely sweet and accommodating and does most of the work including the cooking. Her husband, on the other hand, does very little except sit down at the tables with customers and annoy them. He brings up politics, religion and other topics that repeatedly offend customers. It’s the Midwest, so everyone is too polite to say, “GO AWAY!” They also really enjoy Martina and her cooking. No one wants to hurt her feelings, so no one has let her know that he’s driving away business with his behavior.