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By: Michael J. Risk | Posted: May 10, 2015 9:30 PM

I started diving in 1956, in the lakes and rivers of Southern Ontario. My first saltwater dive was in the Florida Keys in 1960. I had never seen a reef before, and was awestruck by the profusion of fish in the endless expanses of Acropora. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 9, 2015 7:00 AM
Skeptics about democracy in the 18th and 19th centuries argued that the enfranchised masses would use their votes to seize the property of the relatively few rich. What could be more natural?
 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: May 8, 2015 7:00 AM
In the first quarter of 2015, in the sixth year of the historic Obama recovery, the U.S. economy grew by two-tenths of 1 percent. 
And that probably sugarcoats it.

For trade deficits subtract from the growth of GDP, and the U.S. trade deficit that just came in was a monster.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 7, 2015 7:00 AM
America's smallest state -- one Nevada county is nearly eight times larger -- has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state also has a dark-horse presidential candidate who is the only Democratic candidate so far who can shoe a horse. "Put a blacksmith in the White House" could be Lincoln Chafee's slogan.
 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: May 6, 2015 7:00 AM

Comments about recent events in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray provide a glimpse at perhaps one of our greatest challenges -- perception.

 
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By: Barney Bishop | Posted: May 5, 2015 10:30 PM

It’s interesting to see the volume of newspaper stories recently proclaiming that the world has turned on its head as a result of the Florida House going home early.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: May 5, 2015 7:00 AM
Who killed Freddie Gray?

According to Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, Freddie was murdered in a conspiracy of six cops who imprisoned him in a police van and there assaulted and killed him.
 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: May 4, 2015 7:00 AM
WASHINGTON -- The life of the wife of a presidential candidate can sometimes be like the government. Taxing. 
 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: May 2, 2015 7:00 AM
Had Freddie Gray been robbed, beaten and left to die in the streets of his Baltimore neighborhood, no one would be mourning him today. 
 
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By: Rep. Steve Crisafulli | Posted: May 1, 2015 8:00 PM

SPEAKER'S UPDATE: "The Supreme Court issued a ruling just now that denied the motion by the Florida Senate Democrats to force the Florida House of Representatives to return to Tallahassee after our sine die adjournment. Accordingly, you will not need to return to Tallahassee until the Special Session for the budget is called."

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 1, 2015 7:00 AM
Next week, Britain votes in its first general election in five years. Some aspects of its politics will be familiar to Americans. Polls show voters are dissatisfied with politicians of both parties, cynical about whether they will keep their promises and closely divided between two major parties, which have been in existence for more than 100 years.
 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: April 30, 2015 7:00 AM
Nothing like that has happened to President Obama at these dinners. At this late date in Obama's tenure, the process seems entrenched: They giddily await his performance and when it's over, salivate over it. It's rather embarrassing, actually. 
 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: April 29, 2015 7:00 AM
We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people's mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge.
 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 28, 2015 4:23 PM

In her classic “The March of Folly," the great historian Barbara Tuchman wrote, “Mankind, it seems, makes a poorer performance of government than of almost any other human activity.”

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: April 28, 2015 7:00 AM
In January, Robert F. McDonnell, 71st governor of Virginia, was sentenced to two years in prison followed by two years of supervised release after his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption. He, and especially his wife, behaved badly. But it's worth taking a closer look at what was considered criminal in McDonnell's case, because, at least so far, some in the press are suggesting that Hillary Clinton's conduct must meet a much higher threshold to be considered problematic.
 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: April 27, 2015 5:30 PM

California's mismanagement of its water -- and government in general -- is benefiting Florida, but the Sunshine State needs to make sure it doesn't begin making the same errors.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: April 27, 2015 7:00 AM
The North Korean email hack of Sony continues to haunt Hollywood. The leftist group WikiLeaks recently posted a searchable set of the documents and the London Daily Mail found a new scandal subject: Ben Affleck ... and PBS. 
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: April 27, 2015 6:45 AM

Somebody fish Matt Dillon out of the Long Branch. Right now the Dodge-style shoot-em-up dividing the Florida Legislature on Medicaid expansion could use the gun-toting marshal to restore peace and a little common sense.

 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: April 25, 2015 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a "very successful regional power." His wish -- a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states -- is becoming a reality. Consider:

 
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By: Drew J. Breakspear | Posted: April 24, 2015 12:30 PM

It’s no secret that April is Financial Literacy Month. Becoming financially literate begins with basic skills and sets the course for the financial decisions you will make at every stage throughout your life. Smart financial decisions open the door to new financial opportunities.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: April 24, 2015 7:00 AM
We learned this week that the Secret Service dawdled for an entire year before fixing a broken security system at the home of former President George H.W. Bush.
 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: April 23, 2015 7:00 AM
"This is Hillary Clinton," said Todd. "This is you quoting her in your book. 'They had bankrupted us totally. We owned nothing. We didn't own a car. We didn't own a house. Here we were, 50 years old and we owned nothing. No-thing! All the money we had, which we had brought into the White House, was gone. I hadn't made any money for eight years, so it was really horrible.'"
 
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By: Tom Feeney | Posted: April 22, 2015 11:15 AM

The state of California is known for many things, including red carpets, wine country, and high taxes. But recently, the Golden State has also become known for its struggle with a crisis other states like Florida are working to avoid: a severe water shortage that threatens its economy, its environment, and the livelihood of millions of families.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: April 22, 2015 7:00 AM
Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy.
 
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