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CAL THOMAS: The ‘new’ Hillary

Hillary Clinton is borrowing from Richard Nixon, a man she worked to impeach while a staff member of the House Judiciary Committee in the early 1970s. Like Nixon, whose handlers successfully fooled a majority of voters by trotting out a “new Nixon” after his election defeats in 1960 and 1962, Hillary Clinton is trying to change her public image with voters, a majority of whom find her “Unlikeable,” to borrow from the title of Ed Klein’s new book.

MEGAN MCARDLE: Facebook is following you around the web

Facebook is following you around the web. You knew that, right? How else would Facebook know to serve that panda video straight into your newsfeed, and leave your college friend’s ill-informed rant about Pacific trade deals in the dark bowels of its servers? How else would it know to serve you with 7,000 ads for wedding dress vendors the very day you announce your engagement?

DON LINCOLN: Neutrinos, ghosts of the universe

October is a sweet month for the scientific community. That’s when the annual Nobel Prize in physics is announced. Tuesday’s award — in a pleasant surprise for particle physicists — went to Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo and Arthur B. McDonald of Queen’s University in Canada for their groundbreaking research on neutrino oscillations.

Are Western governments welcoming terrorists among Syria’s refugees?

It is rare that refugees are welcomed with open arms. Yet in parts of Europe, they are literally being greeted with applause. Though Europe’s response to the plight of the Middle East’s beleaguered masses may be heartwarming, it is also dangerously naive. Among the migrants are inevitably members of Islamic State and al-Qaida. If Europe wants to help innocent victims, it should focus on extirpating the jihadist groups that are directly responsible for the exodus we are witnessing.

Why Merkel should win the Nobel Peace Prize

Odds on who’s going to win the Nobel Peace Prize, to be awarded on Friday, are so hard to make that one could easily arbitrage various bookmakers. I’m not a betting man, but I hope the prize goes to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She’s the favorite now with average odds of about 6/1, and she deserves to win.

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ROUNDUP: Why we’re still debating guns in 2015

In 2013, CNN Opinion rounded up a selection of op-eds from both sides of the gun debate on mass killings in America. In 2015, the debate continues to rage, with highly publicized shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga, Lafayette, Roanoke and now the campus of Umpqua Community College in Oregon, where 10 were killed and 20 injured. Where are we today on guns and mass shootings?

NATALIE WEXLER: Why Americans can’t write

It’s no secret that many Americans are lousy writers. Just ask any college professor or employer, including those at prestigious institutions. With the advent of email, writing ability has become more important than ever, and writing deficiencies have become increasingly apparent.