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Dear Annie

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DEAR ANNIE: My wife and I are a retired elderly couple living in a ranchstyle home. Over the last four years, my wife has had some health issues and is limited in what she can do. I have been more or less a caregiver, doing all the chores around the house, such as cleaning, washing clothes, cooking and shopping.
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Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

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The “post-game” analyses of the 2020 Democratic National Convention have gone on for longer than the convention itself. Critics continue to weigh in on whether Barack Obama or Michelle Obama was the more effective speaker and whether Joe Biden, in his 24-minute acceptance speech (remarkably brief by historical standards), put to rest questions about Sleepy Joe.
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Twitter Goes Postal

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There isn’t a day that goes by where Twitter doesn’t demonstrate extreme bias against conservatives and outright election meddling. The social network run by far-left activists routinely fact-checks the president’s tweets and censors and shadow bans his many supporters -- but not Joe Biden, his top political rival, or other liberals who post false and misleading information.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I work a parttime job with great people who love their jobs. One of our co-workers got married and two of my co-workers and I went to the wedding together. The whole time, all they talked about was work. Periodically, I would chime in and change the subject. The other evening, we three decided to stop and grab a quick bite to eat, and the whole time, again, all they talked about was work. I enjoy their company, but I am tired of the conversations always being about work. Please help! -- Heard Enough
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Empathy and Elegance Vs. Policy and Performance

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This week, the Democratic National Convention is being held -- virtually. Normally, political conventions of both parties are a hot destination for politicos and journalists alike. The fun is not only in the nomination process but in the backroom meetings, large crowds and electric atmosphere. There are few things better than a crowd of thousands cheering as a speech is delivered live. While the speeches are written prior to the convention and delivered with the assistance of a teleprompter, there is still the chance that the speaker can ad lib, flub or connect instantaneously with the audience. There is also the chance that the journalists can grab headlines.
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The Remaking of the Middle East

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This week, while all eyes have been on the Democratic National Convention taking place via Zoom, truly historic events have occurred in the Middle East: a long-awaited peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, including full normalization of relations; presumed peace deals to follow between Israel and Sudan, Oman and Bahrain; the possibility on the horizon of a similar deal with Saudi Arabia. These are not only historic events; they are unmitigated goods: the recognition of a Jewish state in the Middle East is the precondition to any peace in the Middle East. And the formation of a durable coalition to stave off the aggressive Islamism of Iran provides more stability and greater deterrence in the region.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: My direct manager recently deleted me on the networking website LinkedIn. I have repeatedly asked him, in person and through email, why he deleted me, but I receive nothing but vague responses from him. I feel a lack of respect over his deleting me and even more so when he refuses to tell me why he made this decision. We’re both adults here; let’s be mature. I was shocked that he removed me from his connections. Should I be concerned about my position at the company? Am I at risk of being fired? -- Linked Out