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    Pessimism about the American dream in vogue

    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who’s running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued a stark warning recently. “Today, for the first time in history, a majority of Americans believe that our kids will have a worse life than we do,” Cruz told conservatives in South Carolina...

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    If Clinton stands, presidential standards fall

    I recall the moment when the press finally turned against Bill Clinton. In 1998, when the word came that there was a blue dress stained with actual, physical, genetic evidence, it was the consensus of veteran journalists along the hallway that Clinton was gone, gone, gone, through either resignation...

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    Once again, are we chasing miracles in Iraq?

    WASHINGTON – If Iraqis won’t fight for their nation’s survival, why on earth should we? This is the question posed by the fall of Ramadi, which revealed the emptiness at the core of U.S. policy. President Obama’s critics are missing the point: Ultimately, it doesn’...

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    Bab(i)es on campus want ‘safe zones’ for speech

    Those accustomed to reading or listening only to liberal commentators may not be aware of “trigger warnings” and “safe zones” on college campuses. It seems that mostly conservative sites and writers are concerned with the increasingly draconian suppression of free speech...

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    GOP field handing gift basket to Hillary Clinton

    At this point in the campaign, do you see the Republican presidential hopeful who’s going to beat Hillary Clinton? I didn’t think so. Not if what we’re watching now is the best they can do. Maybe a thoroughbred will emerge from the coming debates, assuming the party finds a ...

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    Obamacare refusenik begs for health care aid

    Luis Lang would like you to send him some money. He has taken to GoFundMe, the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mill, S.C., is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he’ll go blind. Those grim facts notwithstanding, some may...

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    Wow, Jeb Bush is awful at this candidacy thing

    Let’s discuss Jeb Bush’s terrible week. I’m really troubled by his awful performances, and I’m generally a person who takes bad news about politicians pretty well. For instance, a friend just sent me a story about the Texas agriculture commissioner’s vow to bring...

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    Center-right candidates doing surprisingly well

    The most surprising event of this political era is what hasn’t happened. The world has not turned left. Given the financial crisis, widening inequality, the unpopularity of the right’s stances on social issues and immigration, you would have thought that progressive parties would be...

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    Obama playing his cards wrong on trade deal

    Let’s suppose you are trying to bring a friend around to your point of view. Would you tell her she’s emotional, illogical, outdated and not very smart? Would you complain that he’s being dishonest, fabricating falsehoods and denying reality with his knee-jerk response? Yet ...

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    Anti-government zealotry is on rise in the GOP

    Some folks thought it was “inflammatory.” Some said it was “irresponsible,” others, “absurd,” still others, “disappointing.” Those are some of the words that affronted conservatives used in emails last month to describe my column on the 20th...

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