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    It’s a mistake to cast ISIS fight as religious war

    For weeks, Republicans have lambasted President Obama for what they claim is a major foreign policy failure: His refusal to use the term “Islamic” to describe the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. So I hope Sen Ted Cruz and his colleagues noticed what Obama actually said...

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    Without Jon Stewart’s comedy, craziness returns

    I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank. Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front row seat on the express train to Crazy Town. That, you will recall, is when the wheels began to come off the Bush administration’s argument for invading Iraq, i.e., to find the weapons...

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    Charlatans cranking up for the 2016 elections

    Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination. So, on Wednesday, he did what, these days, any ambitious Republican must and pledged allegiance to charlatans and cranks.

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    It may be the Islamic State is luring us to battle

    There’s a very 2001 feel to President Obama’s request for authorization to use military force and the nauseating sense that we'll be at war indefinitely. Although we haven’t suffered a catastrophic hit as we did on 9/11, we’ve been witness to atrocities – vicious...

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    GOP hopefuls still working out a foreign policy

    Most presidential campaigns focus mostly on domestic issues such as the economy, taxes and healthcare, not foreign policy. But the 2016 presidential campaign is already shaping up to be an exception to that rule. For one thing, the world is a mess. The United States is at war in Iraq, Syria and ...

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    War trauma is one form of moral injury

    David J. Morris returned from Iraq with a case of post-traumatic stress disorder. The former Marine turned war correspondent was plagued by nightmares. His imagination careened out of control; he envisioned fireballs erupting while on trips to the mall. His emotions could go numb, but his awareness...

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    Boehner holding Homeland Security hostage

    The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can’t help but think of the old proverb: “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.” The caravan, in this case, consists of President Obama, the...

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    Federal ‘Leviathan’ not the size most think it is

    For the six years of the Obama presidency, or perhaps the last 35 years since Ronald Reagan’s election, American politics has been dominated by a debate on the size and role of the federal government. This argument, while intense and consequential, has often lacked one element: actual knowledge...

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    FEC public hearing morphs into open-mic farce

    It was a noble idea, in theory. The Federal Election Commission undertook an unprecedented experiment in democracy on Wednesday: It held an open-microphone hearing and invited any and all members of the public to come in unannounced and make their opinions known to the six commissioners. In practice...

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    Obama logic ambivalent on using force on ISIL

    President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how. He also asks that Congress rule out “enduring offensive ground combat operations” and wants...

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