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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 30, 2014 3:55 AM

Democrats who were saying a lot of ugly things about each other less than a week ago are suddenly hugging it out on a theatrical kumbaya tour.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: August 29, 2014 3:55 AM
For the past half-century, and particularly since the 1983 "Nation at Risk" report, Americans have been heaving great sacks of money at schools. Federal spending alone has tripled since the 1970s. The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics).
 
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By: Leslie Wimes | Posted: August 28, 2014 7:40 AM

Tuesday night Charlie-Come-Lately Crist won the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 28, 2014 3:55 AM

The headline reads, "Report: No vets died because of delays." Well, whew! I guess everything's OK at the VA then?

 
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By: Barbara Clowdus | Posted: August 28, 2014 3:55 AM

NOTE FROM EDITOR NANCY SMITH: An inconvenient truth is never "shameful."

 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 28, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the "near seas," meaning China's seas. The episodes involving aircraft are relevant to one of Adm. Jonathan Greenert's multiplying preoccupations -- CUES, meaning Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell | Posted: August 27, 2014 3:55 AM
In some prominent corners of the liberal media, the grousing has begun about President Obama's habit of hitting the golf course during crises without any concern for looking cavalier. Everyone knows he joyfully hit the links at Martha's Vineyard five minutes after a nationally televised address expressing his disgust at the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS extremists in Syria. He played nine rounds during this most recent vacation in a year filled with vacations.
 
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By: Robert W. McKnight | Posted: August 27, 2014 3:55 AM

Former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Miami Lakes, knows politics. Other than his race for president, Gov. Graham has never lost a campaign. He is also a constant student of effective politics. So, when he came up to me in 1986 and described a campaign in which I was involved as “textbook,” I took notes.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: August 26, 2014 3:55 AM
The unsinkable Charles B. Rangel appeared on C-SPAN over the weekend. Why unsinkable? Well, the House of Representatives censured the New York Democrat in 2010 by a vote of 333 to 79 (when the body was still majority Democrat) for violating 11 ethics rules and "bringing discredit to the House." The New York Times called it a "staggering fall" for the senior Democrat. But fall-schmall, he's since been re-elected and will retire at his leisure.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 26, 2014 3:55 AM

Floridians thirsting for primary night excitement in congressional or Cabinet races sure drew the short straw.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 25, 2014 3:55 AM

We're being told Republicans are backing off their anti-Obamacare media buys. And you know what? To some degree, they are.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 25, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- What is called "the" 1964 Civil Rights Act is justly celebrated for outlawing racial and other discrimination in employment, "public accommodations" and elsewhere. But that year's second civil rights act, the Criminal Justice Act, which is 50 years old this month, is, some say, largely a failure because of unanticipated changes in the legal and social context. Is it?

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 23, 2014 3:55 AM

You won't find Nan Rich using the "L" word prematurely and neither will I.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: August 23, 2014 3:55 AM
Among the demands of the "protesters" in Ferguson is that the investigation and prosecution of police officer Darren Wilson be taken away from St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.

McCulloch is biased, it is said. How so? In 1964, his father, a St. Louis police officer, was shot to death by an African-American.
 
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By: James Sasser | Posted: August 22, 2014 3:55 AM

I firmly believe if the state of Florida does not man up and adopt a statewide water quality policy, we are in deep trouble.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: August 21, 2014 3:55 AM
Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Mo., seem to be in the minority.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 21, 2014 3:55 AM

Key West, and now all of Monroe County, is teaching the rest of Florida what it's got to do to protect coastal water: Build sewage treatment plants, make every building in every town connect.

 
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By: Rep. Matt Caldwell | Posted: August 21, 2014 3:55 AM

I've written some variation of this letter many times over the last decade and each time I've set it aside, hewing to the old advice, "If you can't say something nice …" But then, I am upbraided by supporters for leaving charges unanswered, saying silence is agreement.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: August 20, 2014 3:55 AM
"America is on trial," said Rev. Al Sharpton from the pulpit of Greater St Mark's Family Church in Ferguson, Mo.

At issue, the shooting death of Michael Brown, Saturday a week ago, on the main street of that city of 22,000, a neighbor community to Jennings, where this writer lived in the mid-1960s.
 
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By: Robert W. McKnight | Posted: August 20, 2014 3:55 AM

It was May 1980. The annual session of the Florida Legislature was wrapping up and on this day, most of the members were back in their legislative districts getting ready for their re-election campaigns.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: August 19, 2014 3:55 AM
The Ferguson, Mo., police department released convenience store surveillance tape that showed Michael Brown allegedly stealing some cigars minutes before he was shot by a police officer. Aware that the release of this footage might look like posthumous character assassination of the shooting victim, Captain Ronald Johnson of the Ferguson police explained that the tape was released pursuant to freedom of information requests.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 19, 2014 3:55 AM

How does an issue that registers barely a blip on the Who-Gives-a-Hoot Voter Meter manage to compel a governor to give up half an hour on his Tuesday schedule so he can be condescendingly preached to?

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: August 19, 2014 3:55 AM

There may be another incumbent-tossing in the wind for Northeast Florida.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 18, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called "inversion," more about which anon. So, consider his credentials as an economic thinker.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 18, 2014 3:55 AM

All Aboard Florida (AAF) is like a rigged "Let's Make a Deal" TV experience. 

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 16, 2014 3:55 AM

The Martin County Commission races, hotter than a cherry bomb in a coffee can, now move to money, and who's giving what to whom. The emphasis is on the who.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: August 16, 2014 3:55 AM
Last week, we were told there were 40,000 Yazidis on Sinjar Mountain facing starvation if they remained there, and slaughter by ISIS if they came down.

But a team of Marines and Special Forces that helicoptered in has reported back that, with a corridor off the mountain opened up by U.S. air strikes, the humanitarian crisis is over. The few thousand who remain can be airdropped food and water. The rest can be brought out.
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 15, 2014 3:55 AM

"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."
-- Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10

WASHINGTON -- Leave it to Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking.

 
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By: Alex Sanchez | Posted: August 15, 2014 3:55 AM

We all have dreams. A young couple dreams of purchasing their first home together. New parents dream of the day when they can send their child off to college. Our country is rooted in the American dream, which tells us that the opportunity for a better life exists for each of us.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 14, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry was nonplussed: "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext." If, however, Vladimir Putin is out of step with the march of progress, where exactly on history's inevitably ascending path (as progressives like Kerry evidently think) does Kerry, our innocent abroad, locate the Islamic State?

 
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