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By: Mona Charen | Posted: February 1, 2014 3:55 AM
An administration as image-conscious as this one should have been more careful in its choice of antagonists. The Little Sisters of the Poor is a Catholic charity providing care to the poorest elderly in a hospice-like setting. They serve 13,000 people in 31 countries, and operate 30 homes in the United States. Their faith calls them to treat every person, no matter how old, disabled or poor, as if he or she were "Jesus himself." There is no religious test for admission, only that you be poor and in need of care at the end of life. Think thousands of Mother Teresas. Today, they are facing harassment from the Obama administration.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 31, 2014 3:55 AM
Not as bad as expected. That's my verdict on President Obama's fifth State of the Union address.

With his approval running well under 50 percent, Obama was not quite so confrontational as he has been in the past.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: January 30, 2014 3:55 AM

War on women, you say? Don't look now, Democrats, but your credibility gap is showing.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 30, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Someone you probably are not familiar with has filed a suit you probably have not heard about concerning a four-word phrase you should know about. The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereafter, ACA).

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: January 29, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is correct in wanting to make higher education more affordable and accessible, but Americans would also be correct in wondering just what they're paying for.

 
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By: Roger Stone | Posted: January 29, 2014 3:55 AM

While the Florida Supreme Court voted 4-3 to place a medical marijuana constitutional amendment on the November ballot, the political impact of this decision and future treatment of marijuana in Florida are anything but clear.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: January 28, 2014 3:55 AM

Does John Kerry understand the world he inherited? Is he in denial?

Consider. At Davos, Switzerland, Kerry called it a "myth" that America is withdrawing, and "the most bewildering version of this disengagement myth is about a supposed U.S. retreat from the Middle East."

Is he serious? How else does Kerry describe Obama's pullout of all U.S. troops from Iraq, and from Afghanistan by year's end?

 
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By: Ed Moore, Ph.D. | Posted: January 28, 2014 3:55 AM

With the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s declared War on Poverty, much is being written about perspectives on levels of success, value of the effort, and only a little about the length and cost of a war that has been declared, yet never correctly embraced.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: January 27, 2014 3:55 AM

I dare Charlie Crist to debate Nan Rich. No, I double-dare him.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 27, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- As undignified as it is unedifying and unnecessary, the vulgar State of the Union circus is again at our throats. The document that the Constitutional Convention sent forth from Philadelphia for ratification in 1787 was just 4,543 words long, but this was 17 too many. America would be a sweeter place if the Framers had not included this laconic provision pertaining to the president: "He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union."

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell | Posted: January 25, 2014 3:55 AM

CNN anchor Jake Tapper blandly admitted the obvious in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. The same reporters that insist their former Republican Party favorite Chris Christie is ruined for 2016 by traffic jams on a bridge are letting Hillary Clinton skate for embassy-security neglect that led to four dead government employees at Benghazi.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 24, 2014 3:55 AM

What do young Americans want? Something different from what they've been getting from the president they voted for by such large margins.

Evidence comes in from various polls. Voters under 30, the millennial generation, produced numbers for Barack Obama 13 percentage points above the national average in 2008 and 9 points above in 2012.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 23, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Disabusing the Republican Party of a cherished dogma, thereby requiring it to forgo a favorite rhetorical trope, will not win Clark M. Neily III the gratitude of conservatives who relish denouncing "judicial activism." He, however, and his colleagues at the libertarian Institute for Justice believe America would be more just if judges were less deferential to legislatures.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: January 22, 2014 3:55 AM

For a county that professes so much devotion to sunshine and transparency, Martin County sure knows how to keep its citizens in the pitch black.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: January 22, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The question du jour is, why did Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer wait so long to step forward and level her corruption charges at Chris Christie?

As surely everyone knows by now, Zimmer claims that following Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno told her that Hoboken wouldn't receive relief funds unless the mayor supported a commercial development project favored by Christie.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: January 21, 2014 3:55 AM

"He ended one war and kept us out of any other," is the tribute paid President Eisenhower.

Ike ended the Korean conflict in 1953, refused to intervene to save the French at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, and, rather than back the British-French-Israeli invasion, ordered them all out of Egypt in 1956.

Ending America longest wars may prove to be Barack Obama's legacy. 

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: January 21, 2014 3:55 AM

There's no question that Gov. Rick Scott's pro-business policies are producing results that benefit Florida families, but it is not a one-man show. The Florida Legislature deserves a share of the credit as well.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 20, 2014 3:55 AM

The Census Bureau's holiday treat is its release of annual state population estimates, to be digested slowly in the new year.

 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: January 18, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- By early 2011, writes former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, he had concluded that President Obama "doesn't believe in his own [Afghanistan] strategy, and doesn't consider the war to be his."

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: January 17, 2014 3:55 AM

"I've got a pen," said President Obama early this week.

"I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions ... that move the ball forward."

"When I can act on my own without Congress, I'm going to do so," the president added Wednesday at North Carolina State.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: January 16, 2014 3:55 AM

What if Charlie Crist wins? Florida Atlantic University board members might want to think that one through before they hand George LeMieux the keys to the kingdom.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 16, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Viewed from Washington, which often is the last to learn about important developments, opposition to the Common Core State Standards Initiative still seems as small as the biblical cloud that ariseth out of the sea, no larger than a man's hand. Soon, however, this education policy will fill a significant portion of the political sky.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 15, 2014 3:55 AM
Like just about everybody else in Washington and many across the country, I've been reading the excerpts from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' book "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War."

It presents a significantly more negative picture of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton than Gates' statements in office led anyone to expect.
 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: January 14, 2014 3:55 AM
The first time I saw New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on television, a few years ago, my first reaction was astonishment: "A talking Republican!"
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: January 13, 2014 3:55 AM

Twenty-nine states have laws specifically restricting or prohibiting the collection, use or disclosure of an individual's Social Security number. Florida isn't one of them.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 13, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Constitutional arguments that seem as dry as dust can have momentous consequences. On Monday, the Supreme Court's nine fine minds will hear oral arguments about the meaning of "the" and "happen." What they decide could advance the urgent project of reining in rampant executive power.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: January 11, 2014 3:55 AM
John F. Kennedy broke some sort of record for stating the obvious when he noted that "life isn't fair." More evidence for the unfairness of the nation's evaluations of presidents emerged in a recent Washington Post poll showing that, five years after he returned to Texas, George W. Bush is still blamed by 50 percent of Americans for the current state of the economy. Only 38 percent hold President Barack Obama responsible. The lesson for future presidents appears to be: You may be one of the greatest humanitarians in the history of the world (as Herbert Hoover arguably was, and as was Bush in some ways), but if you're in office when a financial crisis hits, the public will blame you forever.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 10, 2014 3:55 AM
As Barack Obama scrambles to eviscerate key sections of his own signature health-care law, he and other Democrats are trying to shift voters' focus to another issue -- income inequality.

Unfortunately, the solutions they advocate are pitifully inadequate or painfully perverse.
 
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By: Michael Joe Murphy | Posted: January 10, 2014 3:55 AM

Thank you, Nancy Smith, for bringing up Atlantic City, and for allowing us to tell the other side of the story (ref: Jan. 6 Smith column, "About All That Crime Gambling Brought to Atlantic City ...").

 
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