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Republican nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic nominee Sen. Tim Kaine stand after the vice-presidential debate in Farmville, Va., Oct. 4, 2016. Joe Raedle/Pool via AP

A brief history of presidents snubbing their successors – and why the founders favored civility instead

'Mind your manners' isn't just something your mother told you. Manners – and civility – are an essential component of how things get done in government, and the Founding Fathers knew it.
The typical view at a concert when fans take out their smartphones. Shutterstock/Pressmaster

There’s a time to put down the smartphone, seriously!

There's a time and place for a smartphone and some artists and sports stars want you to stop using them when they're performing. Just enjoy the live event instead.
Telling the time, using a knife and fork, manners: what should be taught in the home and what in the school? Shutterstock

What should be taught by teachers, and what by parents?

Who taught you to tell the time, to tie your shoelaces or to write your name? I have memories of my parents and teachers taking a hand in helping me to learn these skills as a small child. But what about…

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