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Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists ponder the most consequential stories of 2014: the fracking revolution, the global economic slowdown, technological advances and police and race.

Special guest Josh Barro of The New York Times notes that people are thinking about policing as they do teaching — some people do their jobs well and others don’t. Scheer takes his hat off to the Catholic Church for becoming a center of enlightenment. The panelists ask: Does Elizabeth Warren even want to enter the presidential race? Host Matt Miller recommends Martin Ford’s book “The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future.” In this holiday season, National Review’s Rich Lowry, who gives the perspective from the right, remembers Charles Dickens’ spirit of Christmas, Scheer laments the lack of concern for the Other and Barro applauds the decline of Black Friday. 

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— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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