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The Great Debate
Investor Bill Browder, author of “Red Notice,” explains how Russian President Vladimir Putin gained total control over Russia, including its oligarchs, in what he calls a “Sopranos moment.”
One of the positive things about the media frenzy over cases like the Boston Marathon bombing and the Aurora Theater shooting is that these types of cases remind us there are profound mysteries of the human condition that we usually tune out during our everyday lives. What is the nature of good and evil? When are we responsible for our actions and when should we be excused? Why do we blame and punish, and when do we forgive?