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Opinion: Remembering Mike Gerson, Washington Post columnist

Mike Gerson, the Washington Post columnist and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, died this week from cancer at the age of 58. NPR's Scott Simon has an appreciation.

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Opinion: Remembering Mike Gerson, Washington Post columnist

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Deb Perelman in her small "smitten" kitchen in New York City's East Village. "I make it work!" she says. "I like that there's a lot of light coming in." Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Stuck on veggie ideas for Thanksgiving? The Smitten Kitchen has some advice

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Jack Smith, seen in 2010 when he was the Justice Department's chief of the Public Integrity Section. Attorney General Merrick Garland named Smith a special counsel on Friday to oversee DOJ's criminal investigations involving former President Donald Trump. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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DOJ names Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee Trump criminal investigations

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