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    Living in a golden age, without leadership

    The scope of the problems we face are way below historic averages. We face nothing like the slavery fights of the 1860s, the brutality of child labor and industrialization of the 1880s, or a civilization-threatening crisis like World War I, the Great Depression, World War II or the Cold War. Even...

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    Emma Watson is looking for a few good men

    A U.N. initiative called HeForShe hopes to encourage male involvement in the fight for women’s rights. Men should join the cause. With apologies to the United States Marines, Emma Watson is looking for a few good men.

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    5 trends in America’s B-minus economy

    The Census Bureau has just released its 2013 edition of “Income and Poverty in the United States,” sometimes called the nation’s “economic report card.” It depicts a country that is slowly – but convincingly – recovering from a calamitous slump. As...

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    Nation’s public schools are making progress

    Have America’s public schools gotten worse over the years? Americans seem to think so. Every time I write about why attending college is so crucial for moving up the income ladder – or, these days, for landing any job at all – I’m inundated with emails blaming the country...

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    Assisted suicide and the value of human life

    From Belgium comes news that a mentally disturbed prisoner is to be granted government help in committing suicide. A typically shallow ethical debate ensued – isn’t assisted suicide for a prisoner a bit too close to capital punishment? – before the trump card of individual autonomy...

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    Let’s get a grip on the real American family

    The typical American family. Does that phrase mean anything to you? Can you picture what it looks like? For a few, it may still conjure a breadwinner dad, a stay-at-home mom and a couple of kids. Others, prepared to believe the worst, might imagine a single mom and a brood of children. Working stiffs...

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    There’s no defense for what Ray Rice did

    I think they’re going too far with Ray Rice.” So said a civil servant I know only in passing, making small talk the other day. No, it is not the majority opinion, but neither is the guy alone. Last week, USA Today quoted women fans who pointedly support Rice, the NFL star dropped by...

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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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