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    The right’s new claim: same-sex marriage is deadly

    As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills. They’re saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 ...

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    Cop cams good idea, but at a price

    Like a lot of people, I've come to believe that it would be a good idea to put body-mounted cameras on police officers. I now believe this for several reasons. First, there have been too many cases in which police officers have abused their authority and then covered it up. Second, it seems probable...

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    Reform conservatives bring new life to GOP

    The juxtaposition of Hillary Clinton’s and Marco Rubio’s announcements for president illustrates a serious problem for American progressivism: Its political bench looks as spry and novel as the old Soviet Politburo. Joe Biden? Jerry Brown? Elizabeth Warren? All fight for Social Security...

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    Oklahoma reminder: ‘The Government' is us

    On Sunday, it will be 20 years since the morning a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children. Maybe it takes you by surprise that it has been so long. Maybe you wonder where the time went. And maybe...

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    2016: Ring in the new, ring in the olde?

    Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past. This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn’t matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present – or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and smoke –...

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    Justice done in Boston’s civilian terrorism trial

    The conviction of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev quietly sealed a chapter in this, the opening stages of what may become our long battle against terrorism on U.S. soil. Tsarnaev heard his guilty verdicts – all 30 of them – including one for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass...

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    There is logic to sluggish business investment

    One of the great disappointments of the weak economic recovery has been the sluggish revival of business investment – spending on new buildings, factories, equipment and intellectual property (mainly research and development, and software). For the United States, this spending in 2014 was...

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    Misdemeanor becomes capital offense, again

    You thought, perhaps, that we were making this stuff up? That the whole “Black Lives Matter” thing was probably overblown? That the idea of African-American men having to fear routine encounters with the police was being exaggerated by self-serving activists? In North Charleston, South...

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    Iran deal finds ground gets shakier in Congress

    President Barack Obama faces two serious problems as he tries to protect his still-unfinished nuclear agreement with Iran from congressional tinkering – or destruction. One is the ferocious opposition of Republican hawks who view the deal as insufficiently tough on Tehran. The other is nervousness...

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    Gay marriage turn in Indiana is telling

    The argument is over and conservatives have lost. Some of them just don’t know it yet. That’s the takeaway from the remarkable events of last week wherein the states of Indiana and Arkansas executed high-speed U-turns – we’re talking skid marks on the tarmac – ...

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