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Last week, Jeb Bush went to Greensboro to stump for Thom Tillis, the state House speaker and GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate. This wasn’t a policy seminar or think tank event, it was a party rally and Bush had one job – to give red meat and boost enthusiasm for Tillis’ campaign.

President Barack Obama gives the unmistakable impression that he is annoyed that foreign policy crises have intruded upon his agenda. How irritating that these troubles – in Ukraine and Syria and with the Islamic State – are crowding out the domestic issues the president wishes to address: income inequality, the minimum wage and the like. He was elected to end wars, not to fight them.

The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan. That same American baby is about twice as likely to die in her first year as a Spanish or Korean one.

This is a tale of two countries.

WWJB - Who Would Jesus Bomb?

On the evening of April 26, 1777, 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the daughter of a respected militia colonel, jumped on her horse and rode from her family’s home in Patterson, New York, to warn of an impending attack by the British. Ludington rode 40 miles in a rainstorm over muddy roads that night. By the time she returned home, the militia had gathered and succeeded in pushing the British back to their boats in what became known as the Battle of Ridgefield. Ludington rode twice as far as Paul Revere did two years earlier, and Gen. George Washington even visited her home to thank her. Yet she and her heroic actions have been largely forgotten. Sadly, this is true of countless women who helped shape this nation.

If you still haven’t dumped a bucket of ice water on your head, you better hurry up and join the crowd.

Mary Stokes won’t be in this year’s Survivor Ceremony at Komen Charlotte’s “Race for the Cure,” but not because of breast cancer. This firecracker was 87 years old when she died a few months ago. It was just her time. If she were there, the number of cancer-free years on her flag would’ve read “60”.

Tolls are the wrong way!

Today a group of walkers are meeting at Symphony Park for the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, an annual event designed to raise money for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Throughout September and October, 600 communities across the country will sponsor similar walks coordinated by the Alzheimer’s Association in preparation for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in November.

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