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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 10, 2015 7:00 AM
On Wednesday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the IRS's decision to pay subsidies to lower-income health insurance buyers in states with federal insurance exchanges -- even though the Obamacare legislation authorizes subsidies only in states with exchanges "established by the state."
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 9, 2015 7:00 AM
If anyone had any doubts that most members of Congress oppose the Obama administration's proposed nuclear deal with Iran, they can put them aside after viewing the response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress Tuesday.
 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: March 7, 2015 7:00 AM
Eric Holder's Justice Department has completed its investigation into whether Ferguson cop Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in cold blood for racist reasons when he shot the black teenager last August.
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 6, 2015 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: March 5, 2015 7:00 AM
On Inauguration Day 2009, the White House website declared President Obama's administration would become "the most open and transparent in history." By the end of the next day, Obama had issued high-profile orders pledging "a new era" and "an unprecedented level of openness" across the massive federal bureaucracy.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 4, 2015 7:00 AM
"Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus," wrote Robert Kagan in "Of Paradise and Power," published in 2003, just as the United States went into Iraq. Americans, he wrote, see themselves in "an anarchic Hobbesian world," where security and a liberal order depend on military might, while Europe is "moving beyond power into a self-contained world of laws and rules and transnational negotiation and co-operation."
 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: March 3, 2015 7:00 AM
Random thoughts on the passing scene:

When President Obama keeps talking about "violent extremists" in the abstract, you might wonder whether Presbyterians are running amok.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 2, 2015 7:00 AM
In reflecting on relations between the United States and China, Henry Kissinger in his 2011 book, "On China," notes that since he and Richard Nixon ventured to Beijing more than 40 years ago, "Eight American presidents and four generations of Chinese leaders have managed this delicate relationship in an astonishingly consistent manner, considering the difference in starting points."

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: February 28, 2015 7:00 AM
Gov. Scott Walker has leapt to the top of polls in Iowa. As day follows night, he has moved to the center of the liberal press's crosshairs. This is the world we inhabit: When a Democrat is perceived as popular, the press discovers layers of humor and elan we never suspected. When a Republican is gaining strength, the press sharpens its bayonets.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: February 28, 2015 12:01 AM

The outlook might get brighter next week for the Everglades Foundation and its allies, but for now their voice crying out to buy U.S. Sugar Corp. land is like a wolf howling in the middle of the Tundra. 
 
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By: Ed Dean | Posted: February 27, 2015 7:16 PM
Here we are again in the second week of "The Dean's List" -- an Ed Dean-style look at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: February 27, 2015 7:00 AM


WASHINGTON -- A sunset clause?

The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the "right to enrich." It would be allowed to retain and spin thousands of centrifuges. It could continue construction of the Arak plutonium reactor. Yet so thoroughly was Iran stonewalling International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors that just last Thursday the IAEA reported its concern "about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed ... development of a nuclear payload for a missile."

 
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By: George Will | Posted: February 26, 2015 6:00 AM

 

CHICAGO -- The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century's most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner, it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: February 25, 2015 7:00 AM
Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well under way. Republican candidates are flocking to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while Hillary Clinton, in-between $200,000 speeches at universities, is reported to be in seclusion developing her economic policies.
 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: February 24, 2015 6:00 AM
The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark -- especially at a time when there are much bigger issues, including wars raging, terrorist atrocities and a nuclear Iran on the horizon.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: February 23, 2015 12:01 AM

 
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By: Ed Dean | Posted: February 20, 2015 8:00 PM

Welcome to "The Dean's List" -- first in a weekly look, Ed Dean-style, at who Florida's political achievers were (and weren't) in the last seven days. What you see here is strictly my opinion, not necessarily the editor's or the rest of the staff at Sunshine State News.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: February 17, 2015 3:30 PM

Even as he turns his eyes to early caucus and primary states like Iowa and Nevada, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., occupies an odd spot in the early stages of the 2016 Republican presidential contest.

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: February 16, 2015 10:48 PM

Was Jacksonville's “historic” mayor a flash in the pan?

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: February 16, 2015 8:00 AM
The president's request for the authorization to use military force against the Islamic State has landed in a Congress as divided as the country.

That division was mirrored in the disparate receptions Obama's resolution received from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: February 14, 2015 9:55 AM
Brian Williams' six-month suspension has fallen flat. His critics aren't mollified. His supporters are clearly dispirited. Everyone knows this one is not over -- though his tenure at NBC may very well be done. 
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: February 12, 2015 5:00 PM

I know it's all Rick Scott's fault. Tallahassee media tell us that all the time.

 
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