The Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire. Patrick Semansky/AP

The Minnesota Twins have announced that they will replace Ron Gardenhire as manager.

Since joining the organization in 1987, Gardenhire held multiple coaching positions at the minor league and major league levels and was named the 12th Manager in club history in 2002. Gardenhire led the Twins to a record of 1068-1039 (.507) in 13 seasons and trails only Tom Kelly on the Twins all-time managerial wins list. He was named American League Manager of the Year in 2010 and guided the Twins to six American League Central Division titles, including an ALCS appearance in 2002.

The Twins will immediately begin their search for a new manager, internally and externally. The coaching staff will be determined by the new manager in conjunction with Executive Vice President, General Manager Terry Ryan. (News release from the Twins)

Today’s Question: Was it time to replace Gardenhire?

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A discussion on Friday’s Daily Circuit dug into issues raised by Ezekiel Emanuel, who writes in the Atlantic that he’d like to die at age 75. Emanuel, a doctor and medical ethicist, says he doesn’t intend to commit suicide – only that he’ll stop getting preventive medical attention and let nature take its course.

He writes:

At 75 and beyond, I will need a good reason to even visit the doctor and take any medical test or treatment, no matter how routine and painless. And that good reason is not “It will prolong your life.” I will stop getting any regular preventive tests, screenings, or interventions. I will accept only palliative—not curative—treatments if I am suffering pain or other disability.

Once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change. I won’t actively end my life. But I won’t try to prolong it, either.

Today’s question: At what age would you like to die, and why?





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“In 1960, 5 percent of Republicans and 4 percent of Democrats said that they would feel ‘displeased’ if their son or daughter married outside their political party,” writes Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Cass R. Sunstein.

By 2010, those numbers had reached 49 percent and 33 percent. Republicans have been found to like Democrats less than they like people on welfare or gays and lesbians.

Democrats dislike Republicans more than they dislike big business.

Today’s Question: Would you marry outside of your political party?

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