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    Congress eyeing boost for defense in budget

    Two pieces of good news about U.S. defense spending: Both President Obama and congressional Republicans have recognized that cuts imposed by the 2011 “sequester” scheme are unacceptable, and both have moved to restore tens of billions of dollars in funding for next year’s budget...

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    Candidacy of Ted Cruz is way out in right field

    Let’s see, why does this sound familiar? A charismatic constitutional scholar, with an inspiring life story, still in his first Senate term, promising a dramatic change of direction . . . . But wait: it’s 2015, and the candidate, officially as of Monday, is Sen. Ted Cruz.

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    Talks to end civil war in Syria have promise

    Syria can take a step next month toward ending its civil war at talks in Moscow among parties to the 4-year-old conflict. Some 200,000 people have been killed and millions more displaced, within Syria or in neighboring countries. The refugees have little hope of return without an accord.

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    U.S. must invest in R&D or risk losing to China

    The United States is losing its edge. It is surrendering the research and development advantage that has fueled its economy for six decades. China now performs more R&D than the United States, and South Korea and Germany have greater annual growth in R&D expenditures. For all of Silicon Valley&#...

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    Obama’s right to want iteasy for people to vote

    Some of us live in Washington, where once we have registered to vote, the county auditor mails us a ballot every time there is an election in which we can vote. We can sit in our most comfortable chair at a time that’s convenient to us, spend a few minutes researching the issues or the candidates...

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    States finding new ways to limit abortion rights

    A rash of new state bills designed to restrict a woman’s constitutional right to a legal abortion have been introduced in state legislatures around the country. Four states, including New York, have introduced legislation that would force women to wait for periods of 24 to 72 hours between...

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    Netanyahu’s party wins; question is who loses

    Benjamin Netanyahu chose to call an early election in Israel in the hope that he could strengthen his hold on power. On Wednesday he appeared to have achieved his aim, but only after striking troubling positions that alarmed Israel’s neighbors and its Western allies – and that could...

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    Reincarnation on demand? China’s stunning arrogance

    The arrogance of China’s leaders is breathtaking. They censor the Internet. They tamp down political dissent. Now, they want to control the afterlife. The New York Times reported Thursday that Communist Party officials are warning the Dalai Lama that he must reincarnate the way they want.

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    Critics were right: farm bill didn’t control cost

    Remember how backers of the 2014 farm bill promised that it would reform costly and wasteful agriculture subsidies and save taxpayers money? And remember how the critics of the bill said it was basically a scheme to repackage and perpetuate the old system, potentially at a higher cost? Well, it...

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    World abdicates its role to stop Syrian killings

    Four years ago this week people across Syria began marching peacefully to demand democratic reforms. The country they sought to improve literally no longer exists. In death, destruction, refugees and sheer horror, Syria’s war outstrips any other of this century. That it has faded from public...

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