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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 24, 2014 3:55 AM

The list and analysis of The Ten Worst States for Business released this week should come as good news for Gov. Rick Scott, because it tells a lot about what Florida and the governor are doing right.

 
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By: Kevin Derby | Posted: September 23, 2014 3:55 AM
As the 2016 race starts to take shape, there’s a bit of a reverse dynamic from the usual presidential election. 
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 23, 2014 3:55 AM
What should we do about immigration policy? It's a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by British-born, California-based historian Gregory Clark, unhelpfully titled, "The American Dream Is an Illusion."
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 22, 2014 3:55 AM

If Charlotte's Web is going to be ready to go Jan. 1, the administrative judge in what now has become three lawsuits against the Florida Department of Health should consider employing a tactic judges use in commercial cases to de-clutter the court system:

 
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By: David Boaz | Posted: September 22, 2014 3:55 AM

As an eighth-generation Scottish-American, I’m disappointed that my ancestral homeland has chosen not to be a nation once again. But that’s the decision of today’s Scots, and no doubt they have a better sense of what’s best for Scotland than I do.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: September 22, 2014 3:55 AM

 

WASHINGTON -- The pursuit of perfection is usually foredoomed, but the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which has a latitudinarian understanding of ethical behavior, has a perfectly awful idea. It is urging the City Council to consider ways of paying -- starchier ethicists might call it bribing -- people to vote.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: September 20, 2014 3:55 AM
"Congress must now vote to support the first steps of what will be a long march toward victory," said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 19, 2014 3:55 AM

Jeff Henderson was so right Monday when he said the Debbie Wasserman Schultz reign is mainly on the wane. But I don't think even he knew just how far and fast the Democratic National Committee chairwoman has fallen.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 19, 2014 3:55 AM
Which of our two great political parties is the stronger? Maybe it makes more sense to ask which of the two is weaker.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 18, 2014 3:55 AM
When it comes to who killed the most successful scholarship program in Florida's history, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist ought to holster their weapons and wave a white flag.
 
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By: Marco Rubio | Posted: September 18, 2014 3:55 AM
In his capacity as a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., presented this address Wednesday to the John Hay Initiative at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.: 
 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: September 18, 2014 3:55 AM
The late Lloyd Bentsen is sorely needed when President Barack Obama tries to compare himself to Ronald Reagan. Mr. President, you're no Ronald Reagan.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 17, 2014 3:55 AM

In August 2011 Gov. Rick Scott first made it plain he likes toll lanes on major highways and wants more of them. They speed up traffic, he said. In October 2011, PolitiFact Florida checked out his assessment, rated it "mostly true."

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: September 17, 2014 3:55 AM
"Oh, it's a shame when you have a wan, diffident, professorial president with no foreign policy other than 'don't do stupid things.'" So griped President Obama to a select (and loose-lipped) group of dinner guests the other night.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 16, 2014 3:55 AM

Iraq, immigration, inversion. On all three of the issues referred to, President Obama finds himself forced by events to do something he dislikes -- and he's in trouble with much of his Democratic Party base for doing so.

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: September 16, 2014 3:55 AM

The argument over funding of the public schools in Florida drones on, generating far more heat than light.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: September 15, 2014 3:55 AM
NBC's Chuck Todd got a good deal of attention for warning that "(Obama's) on the precipice of doing Jimmy Carter-like damage to the Democratic brand on foreign policy."
 
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By: Joseph Hellweg | Posted: September 15, 2014 3:55 AM

No one’s perfect, least of all university professors -- at least I speak for myself. We do our best daily to encourage students to speak their minds, write and create well, and think critically. When we fail, we try again. Independent thought, evaluation of evidence, and open discussion are the core of our profession.

 
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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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