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Will freezing your eggs really help your career?

WASHINGTON — Tech companies are apparently offering egg freezing as a benefit to their employees. There’s some suspicion among women I know that this is supposed to help/force women in technology balance family and career by delaying childbirth — it’s not a good time in your late 20s and early 30s, so freeze those eggs and have kids when you’re ready.

The rise of unretirement

We are living longer, something to celebrate. The average life expectancy was about 62 years in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, and it’s now nearly 79 years. And, as in many things, the baby boomers are at the center of another revolution: unretirement.

JAY AMBROSE: Leon Panetta shines helpful light on the White House

Thanks, thanks and more thanks to Leon Panetta, a former congressman, secretary of defense, budget director,White House chief of staff and head of three different agencies, including the CIA — someone, in short, who knows his way around Washington. He has made it clear the current political stalemate there is at least partly traceable to the leadership shortcomings of President Barack Obama. The observation matters.

Why I’m logging off Facebook

As the summer wound down, I found a letter from my son’s headmaster under some junk on my desk. He was asking the kids to be sure to read two books over the summer. Oops, I thought. This was one I should have read immediately. Even though we bug my son to read, find him books that seem perfect for his taste — usually about dystopian, post-apocalyptic societies — he doesn’t manage to get through too many. There are distractions. Particularly the Internet and social media. Research abounds about Internet use and the young, their drop in reading and their reduced, choppy attention spans.

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Goldwater would have hated ‘Citizens United’

Barry Goldwater’s favorite response to an idea that earned his disdain was “Hell, no.” And that’s exactly how the late senator from Arizona would likely have responded to Washington Post columnist George F. Will after he attacked a common-sense constitutional amendment that would authorize limits on the influence of money in politics.

Three reasons immigration reform is still dead

Would a Republican takeover of the Senate improve the prospects that an immigration bill will get to President Barack Obama’s desk? That theory is making the rounds — and some of the people who oppose the dominant approach to immigration reform are starting to worry about it.

50 years ago, King was honored for peace efforts; today, his words still resonate

Tuesday marked the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to peace and achieving racial justice through nonviolent action. Recipients of the award, considered “the world’s most prestigious prize,” receive a medal, personal diploma and prize money. After being notified of his selection on Oct. 14, 1964, King announced that he would donate his prize money of $54,123 to the cause of civil rights.

RedBlueAmerica: Should Americans Have a Duty to Die at 75?

Ezekiel Emanuel, a physician and one of the architects of Obamacare, writes in the October issue of the Atlantic Monthly that Americans are too obsessed with living long lives. “For many reasons,” including diminished mobility, a “tsunami” of dementia, and sparing adult children from the pain of a long decline, Emanuel argues, “75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.”