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Third Republican debate: moderators steal the show

Ted Cruz, center, talks about the mainstream media as Carly Fiorina, left, and Chris Christie look on during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015  (Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Third republican debate was held Wednesday night in Boulder, Colorado. CNBC moderated the debate and, to the satisfaction of both the candidates and the viewers, managed to keep it to around two hours; a marked improvement from the nearly three hours it took the last debate to conclude. Unfortunately for CNBC, that's where the praise for their performance ends.

In a night that was supposed to be about the candidates and their policies, moderators Carl Quintanilla, John Harwood, and, to an extent, Becky Quick have been the focus for much of the post-debate response. Their questions were often combative, such as asking Donald Trump if his candidacy was "a comic book version of a presidential campaign," and they often seemed more intent on generating conflict between the candidates than on giving the debaters a chance to share their policy views.

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What does it mean to make America great again?

Presidential contender Donald Trump, speaks to the media after arriving by helicopter during the 1st first day of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, July 30, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Scott Heppell)Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that to be great was to be misunderstood. Shakespeare found that some were born great, a number achieved greatness, while others had greatness thrust upon them. All the while, business writer Jim Collins observed that good is the enemy of great. But what exactly is this misunderstood, ambiguously defined, variously achieved, superlative that goes by great?

Recently, the ambiguous nature of greatness has only been exceeded by its ambiguity. Donald Trump wants to make America great again. But how? A recent trending topic on Twitter drew comments from many under the hashtag #whenAmericawasgreat. Individuals were trolling down memory lane, sharing their belief as to when America was great. But that still leaves us with a few questions: when did America lose her greatness? What is greatness? In a world in which truth changes dependent upon the person, is it even possible to come to an answer?

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The victimhood appeal of Trump, Carson, and Sanders

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, center, speaks as Sen. Ted Cruz, left, listens along with Donald Trump during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, September 16, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Political activist and revolutionary figure Thomas Paine once wrote that "Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good." Globetrotting throughout the 18th and early 19th century, Paine hopscotched throughout the world on his quixotic mission of revolutionizing countries such as France and the United States. All of this in name of freedom and for the happiness of citizens. Thomas Paine was a hero to many who had been victimized by their systems. He brought liberty to the captives and illumination to those with darkened minds.

Today, a similar appeal to the victims is being utilized in the 2016 Presidential election. A cursory glance at the campaigns of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Bernie Sanders reveals a primary focus on the victims of the nebulously defined but often refrained "system." Disenfranchised and lacking contentment with their current predicament, this group has grown increasingly frustrated with status quo and appears to have reached the threshold in this election.

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Playboy Bunnies are getting clothes

A young man in a white shirt and glasses stares in shock at his computer screen while browsing the internet (Credit: Yeko Photo Studio via Fotolia)In an interview with the New York Times, Playboy executives announced they will no longer feature naked women in their iconic magazine. Instead, they will showcase women in provocative poses and legitimize men's excuse of reading the magazine for the articles. Aiming for a target audience of millennials between the ages of 18 and 30-something, the new Playboy format will come into place in March 2016.

Since December 1953, Playboy has been introducing adolescent boys and desensitizing men to scantily clad women. In the beginning, the competition was thin and their degradation of women was heavy. Now, they are being crowded out due to the ravenous appetite of a highly sexualized audience.

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California governor signs physician assisted suicide bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown meets with board members of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in Los Angeles, June 9, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Former Jesuit seminary student and current Governor of California Jerry Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law on Monday, thus allowing physician assisted suicide. Permitting physicians to provide lethal prescriptions to mentally competent adults, this new law will allow those who have been diagnosed with some type of terminal illness to commit suicide within the next six months with the help of a physician. The law will take effect ninety days after the Legislature adjourns its special session on healthcare, sometime between November and January.

In his personal statement concerning his signing, Governor Brown wrote this "is not an ordinary bill because it deals with life and death." Considering the "theological and religious perspectives," Brown found that "the crux of the matter is whether the state of California should continue to make it a crime for a dying person to end his life, no matter how great his pain or suffering."

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