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Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

We can't think of a more fitting metaphor than what happened at President Obama's Monday rah-rah speech for ObamaCare: A woman standing behind the president darn near fainted as he vowed to fix all of the sign-up problems. The good news is that the woman is OK. The bad news is that the website remains a total and multimillion-dollar mess. We would expect no less from yet another “progressive” operation. ... Retailers are lamenting that this year's Christmas shopping season will be nearly a week shorter, what with a late Thanksgiving. And it's a most valid concern, considering such sales account for such a large share of retailers' annual profits. We are reminded that Franklin Roosevelt addressed that problem for three years beginning in 1939 by moving up Turkey Day by a week. If Barack Obama really wanted to help the economy, he would have channeled FDR. ... Pittsburghers have a special place in their hearts for Jim Leyland, the former Pirates skipper who retired this week as manager of the Detroit Tigers. And in typical fashion, the gruff old softie that Jimmy is, he cried making his announcement. He'll stay in baseball in the Tigers' organization. Which is great news for a fella who has lived and breathed the game for so long and for baseball itself.

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