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Mary Cullinan: Why go to college? Eastern alumni can tell you

Eastern Washington University celebrated homecoming this year by inviting back to campus the alumni who graduated 50 years ago. More than 100 members of the class of 1968 attended our gala weekend: homecoming parade, football win over the University of Idaho, celebratory luncheon, and an array of festive events. I spoke with many of our guests during that weekend. They shared memories and stories. They talked about how Eastern Washington State College prepared them for their careers: They had gone on to be teachers, accountants, bankers, attorneys, business leaders.

Faye Flam: The romaine scare is actually sort of reassuring

While people should take seriously the recent outbreak of E. coli food poisoning that triggered the alert, the fact that it was flagged early shows that the agency once known as the CDC deserves its upgraded name as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Megan McArdle: Lessons from the revolutions

If he had run in any other year, he probably never would have become president. Limited political experience, no real connection to a mainstream party and a resume that screams “out-of-touch rich guy.” The majority of the electorate clearly had someone else as their first choice. But thanks to a series of historical accidents – notably, a late-breaking scandal that fatally damaged his opponent’s chances – he now holds the highest office in the land. Given this unlikely path to office, it’s hardly surprising that his approval ratings are dismally low. Or that he faces a swelling protest movement that occasionally turns violent. The country was voting against his opponent more than it was voting for him, and now that he’s exercising the powers they reluctantly handed him, they’re none too pleased.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: The day we used tear gas against children

The United States is composed of 329 million people spread over 3.8 million square miles. In population and landmass, it’s a pretty big place. But those are not the only criteria that matter. Morality matters, too. And on Sunday, by that measure at least, this country seemed rather small. That, of course, was the day we used tear gas against children.

Jennifer Rubin: Cohen’s plea should worry Trump

The Washington Post reports on the latest plea deal with President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen: “President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday in New York to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate project that Trump and his company pursued at the same time he was running for president.