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Calm down. We’ll be fine no matter who wins.

You can feel the tension. Strolling down the street, shopping at the corner market, stopping for a bite at the local tavern, friends and neighbors greet each other as usual but avoid the elephant sauntering around like he owns the place.<p>It’s best not to talk politics this close to the election.<p>But …

How ‘if you see something, say something’ became our national motto

This past week, Harry Bains became something of an American hero when he, in his words, “saw something and said something.” The New Jersey bar owner spotted Ahmad Khan Rahami, the alleged terrorist charged with littering bombs across New York and New Jersey, sleeping in the doorway of his business. …

Why the 'ethnic' aisle is merging with the 'beauty' one

SheaMoisture hair products launched the second phase of its national #BreakTheWalls campaign recently with 60-second commercials challenging what it sees as the beauty industry’s outmoded labeling practices. The spots feature a dazzling array of women of all shades, with every imaginable hair …

I survived the Hoboken train wreck. It scares me to think it could happen again.

I was in the lead car of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed Thursday in Hoboken, N.J., sitting about eight rows from the front, on the left side, and as we entered the station the lights went out, I felt the car leave the rails and my first thought was: <i>This is a train crash — duck and …

Twitter shouldn’t let itself become a tool for tyrants

PRESIDENT RECEP Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has announced a three-month extension of the state of emergency imposed after a failed July 15 coup attempt, giving him broad powers to rule by decree. He has launched a massive crackdown against followers of the self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Mr. …

Remembering a journalist who was killed for standing up to Putin

<i>Carl Gershman is president of the National Endowment for Democracy.</i><p>Ten years ago Friday , Anna Politkovskaya, Russia’s most famous journalist, was murdered in Moscow. Her death serves as a window to Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin autocrat whom many Americans are looking at for the first time — his …