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    A candidate guidebook: Rules to run by

    The 2014 election year is just kicking into gear, but we’ve learned so much already. Among the political pointers for candidates of the future: Do not attempt to curry favor with the voters by changing your name. Scott Fistler tried to improve his extremely remote chance of winning the Democratic...

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    John Siegenthaler, a man who made different choices

    Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline (“The N––r In The White House”) on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President...

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    Corrupting citizens for fun and profit

    Two of the larger social trends of our time – the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana – have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an expanding government. The ideological alliance behind...

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    Overriding need for immigration reform now

    There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis first-hand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.” The line about photo ops was so absurd that it’s a good thing ...

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    Needed: a new conservative temperment

    A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Obama on the theory that his border policies are “the last straw that makes the battered ...

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    The dissing of a president over skin color

    President Barack Obama: the worst president since World War II. That’s what a new poll says. Well, sorry, folks, but Obama is not the worst president — he is not even close to being the worst president. But he is by far the most disrespected president of modern times.

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    ’Unbroken’ World War II vet more than a hero

    Just two pages into the book “Unbroken,” its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching...

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    Will Obama leave America more divided?

    The headline - “Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II” - was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan concentration. Republicans were united in their...

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    Who do we think we are?

    America’s infatuation with the World Cup came at the perfect moment, illuminating the principle that you can lose and still advance. Once our nation saw itself as the undefeatable cowboy John Wayne. Now we bask in the prowess of the unstoppable goalie Tim Howard, a biracial kid from New Jersey...

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    Our state, the nation could lead on paid leave

    Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when I had children, I promised myself that I would do the same – not...

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