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    Hillary Clinton needs to tell us her vision

    Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

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    Obama declares a tardy and careful war

    The most compelling and encouraging parts of President Obama’s Islamic State speech – his intention to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the enemy, his pledge to hunt down its fighters and deny them “safe haven,” his moral clarity on their “acts of...

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    President Obama’s uncertain trumpet, again

    In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped to historic lows. But his strategic problem remains: the disconnect...

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    Rice abuse video revealed nothing we didn’t know

    Apologies for the blunt language, but can we please cut the crap? Meaning: can we stop pretending we know something now that we didn’t before about what Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice did to his then-fiancee in the elevator of that Atlantic City casino? Can we stop pretending new ...

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    America must carry the fight to the enemy

    As America pivots back to the Middle East – in belated recognition that America’s enemies never pivoted from their intention to establish a territorial expression of radical Islamism – President Obama is more likely to change his policy than to his change his rhetoric.

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    The Deflation Caucus extends economic slump

    What is it that makes a powerful faction in our body politic demand tight money even in a depressed, low-inflation economy? On Thursday, the European Central Bank announced a series of new steps it was taking in an effort to boost Europe’s economy. There was a whiff of desperation about the...

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    The politics of Islam cannot be bombed away

    Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State – whichever goal President Obama chooses – will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.

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    Nature tries to kill us, our response feeble

    Sometimes the artifice of writing – metaphors, historical comparisons, the just-so quote – fails. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa demands directness: We are about to witness a human catastrophe that could destroy large portions of a continent and pose a global threat. And the response...

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    If GOP is so right, why are red states so far behind?

    I have a question for my Republican friends.

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    Ready, Aim, Fire. Not Fire, Ready, Aim.

    President Barack Obama has been excoriated for declaring that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for effectively confronting the Islamic State group. In criticizing Obama for taking too much time, Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told...

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