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    In a crisis, Obama’s presidency goes vacant

    The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless...

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    How will we pay for a $300,000 drug?

    Kalydeco is truly a wonder drug.

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    Adam Kwasman runs for wrong bus, leaves border issue unsolved

    Our scene is a roadside in Oracle, Ariz., where protesters have gathered. Word is, a busload of children from Central America is about to pass through, en route to a local shelter. People are there to shout at the bus. Among them: Adam Kwasman, a tea party candidate for Congress. On the video, run...

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    Who’s Right and Wrong in the Middle East?

    With Israeli troops again invading Gaza and the death toll rising, some of the rhetoric from partisans on each side is oddly parallel. Maybe it’s time to correct a few common misconceptions among the salvos flying back and forth.

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    Let’s treat gun safety as a public health issue

    Quick, are you more likely to die by a bullet or in a car crash? Common sense would seem to suggest the latter. Cars are everywhere. We are an auto-obsessed nation. To be American is to drive – everywhere. Teenagers itch to get behind the wheel, and the old and infirm vigorously resist giving...

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    Peace in Middle East may never be at hand

    How often have we seen this movie? Palestinian atrocity, Israeli reaction escalating into overreaction, rocket attacks aimed at civilian targets in Israel, airstrikes targeting Palestinian leadership and infrastructure in Gaza, heartbreaking pictures of mangled young bodies on the beach. Palestinians...

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    A moment of great moral clarity in Gaza

    Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

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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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