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By: Maj. Gen. Bill Hodgkins | Posted: May 7, 2014 3:55 AM

While most out-of-work people simply want the opportunity for a job, Washington seems to have turned a deaf ear to those pleas.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell | Posted: May 7, 2014 3:55 AM
In March 2006, CBS News announced that President George W. Bush had stumbled into a "record low" approval rating of 34 percent. All the other networks jumped on the poll. CNN was reporting the number every hour on the hour. The survey confirmed their suspicions. The wheels on the Bush presidency had come off.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 6, 2014 3:55 AM
Second-term presidencies are an opportunity for bipartisan compromise. The institutional stars are in alignment to address long-range problems not amenable in other circumstances.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: May 6, 2014 3:55 AM

If environmental groups have learned anything over the last 100 years, it's that they're more effective stopping things than making things happen.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: May 5, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- This is the time when Americans renew their hatred of Washington and Washington wallows in a bittersweet cocktail of self-love and self-loathing.

Which is to say, this is White House Correspondents' Association weekend, with the dinner Saturday night amid a galaxy of pre- and after-parties. Attendant to these events is the also annual handwringing about the dinner's value.

 
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By: Tal Fortgang | Posted: May 5, 2014 3:55 AM

There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: May 3, 2014 3:55 AM
The Ben Rhodes memo revealing the duplicity of this administration on the subject of Benghazi reminds us about the character of those involved. That President Barack Obama could lie so evenly and so passionately (remember the second presidential debate?) is not perhaps surprising at this stage. But let's not forget what it took for Hillary Clinton to lie to the grieving father of an American hero.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 2, 2014 3:55 AM
For a president who hasn't enjoyed many foreign policy successes lately, Barack Obama did pretty well on his just completed trip to Asia.

In Japan, he reiterated in no uncertain terms the American defense commitment, including on the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus. 
 
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By: James K. Glassman | Posted: May 1, 2014 3:55 AM

Republicans can win midterm elections by fighting for economic growth and shedding their negative image.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 1, 2014 3:55 AM

FLINT, Mich. -- Earnest moralists lament Americans' distrust of government. What really is regrettable is that government does much to earn distrust, as Terry Dehko, 70, and his daughter Sandy Thomas, 41, understand.

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

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Martin O'Malley walks into ours.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: April 30, 2014 3:55 AM
It is not easy to demonize people who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars of their own money to help educate poor children. But some members of the education establishment are taking a shot at it.
 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: April 29, 2014 3:55 AM

Remember poverty? It was once a chief preoccupation of the Democratic Party. Lyndon Johnson made war on it. An entire ecosystem of federal, state and local programs has been created over the course of the past half-century to combat it, costing taxpayers more than $1 trillion annually.

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: April 29, 2014 3:55 AM

There's an old saying: When the horse dies, dismount. But despite the demise of a faithful old equine ridden by liberals for decades, the left refuses to stop flogging it unmercifully.

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

Charlie Crist can't stop telling his audience what they want to hear, even when it's so full of baloney he should pass out napkins first.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 28, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The Cliven Bundy spectacle in Nevada has provided a Wild West backdrop for our hottest political issues as we gallop toward the midterm elections.

Politically, the conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and the Bundy family has highlighted the importance of picking one's battles wisely. Suffice to say, a smattering of pundits and politicians drank from the wrong chalice.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: April 26, 2014 3:55 AM
"Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin's Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world ... and effectively making it a pariah state." 

So wrote Peter Baker in Sunday's New York Times. Yet if history is any guide, this "pariah policy," even if adopted, will not long endure. 
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: April 25, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Every once in a while a great, conflicted country gets an insoluble problem exactly right. Such is the Supreme Court's ruling this week on affirmative action. It upheld a Michigan referendum prohibiting the state from discriminating either for or against any citizen on the basis of race.

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

Never mind the Kochs. After assessing who did what bad to America lately, I nominate Tom Steyer for the top of the list.

 
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By: Wellington Webb | Posted: April 25, 2014 3:55 AM

Last Sunday, April 20, marked an important religious celebration of life and sacrifice for many around the world. However, for many Coloradoans, the day was darkened by the 15-year anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: April 24, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Recently, Barack Obama -- a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment -- spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue -- in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor's county -- after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., had recently released his budget, so Obama expressed his disapproval by calling it, for the benefit of his academic audience, a "meanwich" and a "stinkburger."

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

The League of Women Voters' ringing condemnation of Florida's voucher program Tuesday hit me like a bucket of ice water. All these years, clinging to the belief that the LWV is what it purports to be. I'm done with it.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 23, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The word is out that Chelsea Clinton is with child, making the favorite Democratic presidential nominee a soon-to-be grandmother.

The headlines were inevitable -- "Grandma Hillary" -- followed by the similarly crucial question: Will being a grandmother help or hurt Hillary Clinton's chances in the 2016 election?

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 22, 2014 3:55 AM
Have the Republicans become the white man's party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans' opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism?

Those are questions you hear in the clash of political argument, and you will hear plenty of answers in the affirmative if you click onto MSNBC or salon.com with any regularity.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: April 22, 2014 3:55 AM

Of course it's important for Florida to do medical marijuana right. But there comes a time when you just want the talk and the technical mumbo-jumbo and the trepidation to end.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 21, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The new "agreement" between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered.

This isn't to say it's not a good "prospect" for ending tensions in Ukraine, as President Obama has said. But neither should it surprise anyone that Vladimir Putin is willing to step back from that country -- not to ease economic sanctions but to satisfy his own designs.

 
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By: Beth Smith | Posted: April 21, 2014 3:55 AM

Tests are tough. I am here to share some tips for you and your children to go through these FCAT weeks with confidence rather than fear.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: April 19, 2014 3:55 AM
The Republican Party is roiling with internal conflicts, say the analysts. The tea party is confronting the establishment. The noninterventionists are at war (forgive the expression) with the interventionists. The libertarians would like the party to endorse same-sex marriage. 
 
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