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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: September 13, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 12, 2014 3:55 AM

Smart move by All Aboard Florida: Announce you've got a builder for billions of dollars in new "train sets," then watch how fast your business pals buddy-up and your opponents deflate like a Bazooka bubble. .

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 12, 2014 3:55 AM
"Twentieth-century technology," writes economic historian Joel Mokyr in the Manhattan Institute's excellent City Journal, "was primarily about 'large' things."

Large in physical size, that is. Mokyr's examples include the diesel engine and the gas turbine, shipping containers, communications satellites launched by giant rockets, oil-drilling platforms, massive power stations, giant steel mills and huge airplanes.
 
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By: J.P. Sasser | Posted: September 11, 2014 3:15 PM

I read with great interest the story on the U.S. Sugar project in Hendry County in Thursday's edition of the Palm Beach Post.

 
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By: Barney Bishop | Posted: September 11, 2014 3:55 AM

Recently some FSU professors bought a full-page ad in the Tallahassee Democrat and another professor wrote an op-ed to slam Sen. John Thrasher for many perceived mistakes in the hope that he won’t become FSU’s next president.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: September 11, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans' 1964 presidential nomination, said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," Democrats have been decrying Republican "extremism." Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, real extremism -- measures or movements that menace the Constitution's architecture of ordered liberty -- is rare. This week, however, extremism stained the Senate.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: September 10, 2014 3:55 AM
It is amazing the degree to which the media can politicize -- always from a leftist perspective -- just about anything in the news. No matter what the issue, there's the spin, always the spin, especially in the "analysis" reports where "journalists" go in screech advocacy mode while projecting a sober, dispassionate evaluation.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 10, 2014 3:55 AM

Now that the news is out there, it's a question that must be asked: Why won't at least one of the Crists attend the Democratic Women's Club of Florida convention?

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: September 9, 2014 3:55 AM
While we talk about democracy and equal rights, we seem increasingly to let both private and government decisions be determined by mob rule. There is nothing democratic about mob rule. It means that some people's votes are to be overruled by other people's disruptions, harassments and threats.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: September 8, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Speaking on Aug. 29 -- at a fundraiser, of course -- Barack Obama applied to a platitude the varnish of smartphone sociology, producing this intellectual sunburst: "The truth of the matter is, is that the world has always been messy. In part, we're just noticing now because of social media and our capacity to see in intimate detail the hardships that people are going through." So, if 14th- century Europeans had had Facebook and Twitter, they would have noticed how really disagreeable the Hundred Years' War was.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: September 6, 2014 3:55 AM
By releasing the grisly videos of the beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, ISIS has altered the political landscape here and across the Middle East. 

America is on fire.
 
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By: Drew J. Breakspear | Posted: September 6, 2014 3:55 AM

Elder financial exploitation is a growing problem. Many senior citizens have worked for decades, paid off their homes and saved money for retirement. However, these assets can make seniors a prime target for individuals who seek to financially exploit them.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 5, 2014 3:55 AM

If you want medical marijuana done right in Florida, you have to like the obsessive pickiness of a little-known but important legislative committee.

 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: September 5, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.

Idiotic, yes. You're the leader of the free world. Even if you don't have a strategy -- indeed, especially if you don't -- you never admit it publicly.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: September 4, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin's fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West's capacity to decide.

Putin's serial amputations of portions of Ukraine, which began with his fait accompli in Crimea, will proceed, and succeed, until his appetite is satiated. Then the real danger will begin.

 
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By: Robert W. McKnight | Posted: September 4, 2014 3:55 AM

It was my usual weekly TV interview with ABC/WTXL/27 anchor Anne Imanuel. The program was branded “Political Insight with Senator Bob McKnight,” and aired in the North Florida and South Georgia market.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 3, 2014 3:55 AM

If ever there was an opportunity for Democratic black women to launch their own caucus in Florida, it's now, when the party's nominee for governor desperately needs their vote to win.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 2, 2014 3:55 AM
Some time ago I contrasted the reaction a conservative would get if he were in the same room with the two most consequential politicians of the 1990s, Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani.
 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: September 2, 2014 3:55 AM
The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove."

Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now "strongly disapprove" of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them.
 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: September 2, 2014 3:55 AM

For all the angst over redistricting, the truth is, there is no way to have perfect voting districts.

 
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By: Mark Delegal | Posted: September 2, 2014 3:55 AM

Sept. 10 marks the statistical peak of hurricane season. Although Florida has escaped serious storms so far this year, we know that we have been lucky.

 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 30, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is highly exercised about "inversion," the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to benefit from lower tax rates abroad.

 
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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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