Good Wednesday morning, and happy Valentine's Day. Call or write someone who helped raise you and say: "Thank you for being my first Valentine."

  • Jon Meacham — who has a book coming Oct. 30, "The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels," about other tumultuous periods in American history when presidents and ordinary citizens came together to overcome forces of fear and hate — wants me to remind you that it's Ash Wednesday.

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