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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 8, 2014 10:35 AM

"When you've got nothing going for yourself, you bang the other guy with a hammer. You make sure the voters have a big old headache and are so busy gawking at that other guy, they don't notice you."

New Hampshire Gov. Meldrim Thompson
, 1976, identifying his favorite campaign strategy

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 8, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning.

Who could have imagined that the word "beheading" would become commonplace, as though we were discussing a sport or a new product?

 
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By: Scott Johnson | Posted: October 8, 2014 3:55 AM

You’ve already heard about Charlie Crist’s New Insurance Plan. A rewrite of the historical record ignoring some facts and distorting others to obfuscate damage from the first insurance plan he pushed through in early 2007.

 
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By: Ned Bowman | Posted: October 8, 2014 3:55 AM

As most already know, the energy growth in the U.S. during the early and mid-20th century has been overwhelmingly positive. It has led to high productivity, rapid economic growth, and unimagined technological progress raising our standard of living across the board.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 7, 2014 3:55 AM

Consider Florida's phenomenal educational progress over the last 15 years, due almost entirely to testing, accountability and great teaching.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: October 7, 2014 3:55 AM
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans -- about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves.
 
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By: Chris Guerrieri | Posted: October 7, 2014 3:55 AM

MaryEllen Elia, the superintendent of Hillsborough County representing the state’s school superintendents, asked the state Board of Education for a moratorium on Florida's high-stakes testing accountability system.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: October 6, 2014 3:55 AM
The London Daily Mail reports Amazon.com now issues a content warning to viewers before they live-stream the second volume of classic "Tom and Jerry" cartoons. Viewers are lectured the cartoons "may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today."
 
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By: Raoul Lowery Contreras | Posted: October 6, 2014 3:55 AM

Recently, a column of mine drew heavy response from an excited group of Hispanics far to the left who disagreed substantially with the points I made.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 4, 2014 3:55 AM
Republicans seem to be pulling away in the race to win a majority in the U.S. Senate. At least this week.

In mid-September, several polls seemed to be going the other way. The well-informed Washington Post analyst Chris Cillizza wrote that for the first time in this election cycle, odds favored the Democrats keeping their majority.
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: October 3, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda. You can't win presidential elections that way. It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014. Here's why.

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

When Barack Obama took office in 2008, a lot of people -- some of them in Florida -- thought they were going to make a killing off of high-speed rail.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 2, 2014 3:55 AM

Just yesterday the Charlie Crist ad bashing Rick Scott for cutting college scholarships came on TV again. What timing.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: October 2, 2014 3:55 AM

"The legislative department is everywhere ... drawing all power into its impetuous vortex."
-- James Madison, Federalist 48

WASHINGTON -- Unfortunately, Congress's vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn's spectacle: Feverish House and Senate candidates waging ferocious campaigns to win or retain offices that are of rapidly diminishing significance.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: October 1, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a "war on women."

Let's be clear. The war on women is based on just one thing -- abortion rights. While it is true that access to abortion has been restricted in several states owing to Republican efforts, it is not true that women as a whole care only or mostly about abortion.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: October 1, 2014 3:55 AM

Amid the uproar of looming November elections, casino gambling policy in Florida has so gone off the boil. But you wouldn't know that by gambling opponent No Casinos (NC) -- still out there, still flogging its bogus Atlantic City scare story.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: September 30, 2014 3:55 AM
The median American household saw its net worth decline by 36 percent during the Great Recession. That is a hard reality. A Republican held the White House when the crash hit, and voters, in no mood to be charitable, blamed the GOP. Besides, Democrats were ready with an explanation that slid right into an existing groove of American thinking: The financial crisis was caused by Republicans going easy on their big banker friends.
 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: September 30, 2014 3:55 AM

Putting aside, for the moment, the incident in Ferguson, Mo., there is evidence that police work has changed dramatically and not always for the better.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | Posted: September 29, 2014 3:55 AM
By now, everyone knows that there's a revolving door between Democratic politics and the "objective" news media. But does it have to spin so fast? On Sept. 10, CNN announced it hired former White House press secretary Jay Carney as a commentator, citing his "invaluable voice for the network" after his five years inside the Obama administration.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 28, 2014 2:46 AM

Picking on the Tampa Bay Times has always come easy to me.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: September 27, 2014 3:55 AM
"Once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: September 26, 2014 3:55 AM

NASA and other space enthusiasts probably were all over India's satellite Mangalyaan on Wednesday when it successfully orbited Mars -- making India the fourth nation to get there, but the first to do it on the first try.

 
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By: Drew J. Breakspear | Posted: September 26, 2014 3:55 AM

Just this past Labor Day weekend, I was sitting in my home and enjoying the holiday when I received a voicemail from a toll-free phone number. Upon listening to the recording, the caller introduced himself as a collector from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 26, 2014 3:55 AM
Last week, the voters of Scotland, in a heavy turnout and from age 16 up, decided not to disunite what has been arguably one of the most successful and beneficial nations over the last 307 years, the necessarily clunkily named United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: September 25, 2014 3:55 PM

WASHINGTON -- Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: September 24, 2014 3:55 PM
Some pundits are saying that President Obama has been floundering in his response to the ISIS crisis because public opinion polls show most Americans don't want another war.
 
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By: Barney Bishop | Posted: September 24, 2014 3:55 AM

I watched today as the Florida State University board of trustees took testimony from interested faculty and students on who should be selected as the next president of the university.

 
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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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