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    On the street, racial assumptions can beccome deadly

    African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, Mo., but there are just four black officers on the 53-member police force – which responded to peaceful demonstrations by rolling out military-surplus armored vehicles and firing tear gas. It is easy to understand how Brown...

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    Is President Obama too detached to lead?

    Having once served a president, I don’t begrudge any president a vacation. There is, in fact, no escape from this relentless job. A change of scenery does not involve a change in responsibilities, or even a release from the essence of the president’s routine. The intelligence briefings...

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    Give the president a break on his vacation

    After American journalist James Foley suffered a gruesome decapitation on video last week, President Barack Obama called the event appalling, commiserated with Foley’s parents via phone, and departed for a round of golf with ex-NBA star Alonzo Mourning.

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    Ice Bucket Challenge a gimmick best not repeated

    Good for Barack Obama. While vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, he refused Ethel Kennedy’s ice bucket challenge. You know the saying: Just because every idiot in the world is jumping off of a cliff doesn’t mean you should too. No question, the group-think summertime craze is...

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    America in decline, or a lack of leadership?

    Attitudes in Europe toward an America that is regrouping are marked today by extreme ambivalence. Europeans have long been known for finishing their diatribes about the United States by asking how they can get their child into Stanford. The magnetism of Silicon Valley may suggest that the United...

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    What’s next in Ferguson? Let’s try a little education

    What next? That’s what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals, and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African...

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    Rand Paul’s bogus outreach to minorities

    The Republican task is not merely to shift an impression of interest-group allegiance away from big business and toward suburban families (though this would be an improvement). It is to demonstrate that conservative ideology is applicable to the common good.

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    Alaska could determine control in U.S. Senate

    “Are you afraid of heights?” a questioner asked Alaskan Senate candidates in a debate this week. The three men onstage, all running for the Republican nomination, vigorously denied they suffered from acrophobia. “Have you eaten salmon this week?” Yes! Yes! Yes!

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    Ferguson protests expose a civil-rights divide

    This past week’s racial crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, has uncovered a divide within the black community-one based on generation, class and the cloudy political vision offered by African-American politics in the Obama age.

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    Ferguson police disregard First Amendment

    Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night.

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