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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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By: George Will | Posted: January 9, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The era of Gesture Liberalism is at hand. It may be more amusing than consequential.

Americans who exercise consumer sovereignty wherever Barack Obama still tolerates it are constantly disappointing him. For generations they persisted in buying what he calls "substandard" policies from what he calls "bad apple" health insurers. They stopped only when he forced them to stop -- when he rescued them from their ignorance by banning their benighted preferences.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: January 8, 2014 3:55 AM

Why would anybody want to reward George LeMieux's bad behavior with a university presidency?

 
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By: Roger Stone | Posted: January 8, 2014 3:55 AM

"Pizza is like sex. Even when it's bad, it's pretty good."  As a Connecticut boy, I was spoiled when it came to pizza. 

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell | Posted: January 8, 2014 3:55 AM
Liberals are angry President Barack Obama won a second term, and yet, they didn't get the liberal agenda items they wanted passed in 2013, including gun control and amnesty for illegal aliens. The complaint at the end of the year is that this was the "least productive Congress" in 66 years, with production always being measured by the amount of legislation passed.
 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: January 7, 2014 3:55 AM
Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado. 

It doesn't take a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. 

But where are we going? 
 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: January 7, 2014 3:55 AM

Media malpractice had become fairly rampant, but major change is in the air.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: January 6, 2014 3:55 AM

It makes no sense to use crime that followed gambling into Atlantic City 40 years ago as a reason to deny Florida destination casinos today.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: January 6, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Two years from today, Iowa -- dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa -- will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens -- if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be -- in congressional elections. Some numbers define the political landscape.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: January 4, 2014 3:55 AM
With twin suicide bombings in Volgograd, at a train station and on a trolley, 34 Russians are dead and scores are injured and hospitalized.

Moscow and the world have been put on notice by Doku Umarov, the Chechen Islamic terrorist, that the winter Olympics in Sochi, six weeks away, may not now be safe for visitors. 
 
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By: Mike Arias | Posted: January 3, 2014 3:55 AM

 

I urge those supporting Senate Bill 392 to please reconsider their support for this legislation. It will only lead to an increase in the number of collisions, injuries and fatalities currently occurring on public roadways throughout Florida.

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

WASHINGTON -- First order of business for the returning Congress: The No Bailout for Insurance Companies Act of 2014.

Make it one line long: "Sections 1341 and 1342 of the Affordable Care Act are hereby repealed."

End of bill. End of bailout. End of story.

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

WASHINGTON -- It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that "the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." Nevertheless, many voters' paucity of information about politics and government, although arguably rational, raises awkward questions about concepts central to democratic theory, including consent, representation, public opinion, electoral mandates and officials' accountability.

 
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By: Barney Bishop | Posted: January 2, 2014 3:55 AM

Much has been written lately about whether U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will jump into the governor’s race. While I’ve thought for a long time that he would not do so, I’ve recently changed my mind because of comments he's made about the race.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: December 31, 2013 3:55 AM
2013 will be remembered as the year President Barack Obama's halo went askew. It deserves to be remembered for some other things.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: December 31, 2013 3:55 AM

Washington, they say, is Hollywood for ugly people. I don't know about that, but certainly 2013 in the nation's capital hit new peaks for bipartisan buffoonery and uselessness.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: December 30, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- This report on the State of Conservatism comes at the end of an annus mirabilis for conservatives. In 2013, they learned that they may have been wasting much time and effort.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: December 28, 2013 3:55 AM
By their heroes shall you know them.

In his eulogy, President Obama put Nelson Mandela in the company of three other heroes: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Abraham Lincoln.

What did these men have in common? Three were assassinated, and all four are icons of resistance to white rule over peoples of color. 
 
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By: L. Brent Bozell | Posted: December 27, 2013 3:55 AM
The New York Times published an unintentionally humorous headline on Dec. 23: "When '60 Minutes' Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door." The Times media columnist David Carr is suddenly stunned that "60 Minutes" has aired a puff piece on a serious political matter.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: December 26, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Federal Judge John Gleeson of the Eastern District of New York says documents called "statements of reasons" are an optional way for a judge to express "views that might be of interest." The one he issued two months ago is still reverberating.

It expresses his dismay that although his vocation is the administration of justice, his function frequently is the infliction of injustice. The policy of mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses has empowered the government to effectively nullify the constitutional right to a trial. As Lulzim Kupa learned.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 24, 2013 3:55 AM
Sometimes it seems like things are upside down.

Barack Obama and his Obamacare administrators are continually making laws, through blogpost (suspending the employer mandate) and bulletin (suspending the individual mandate).
 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: December 24, 2013 3:55 AM

Most of what could be said about the "Duck Dynasty" flap has been said. My take is this: Liberals are all about rights, real and imaginary. Well, Phil Robertson had a right to express his religious beliefs. Liberals had a right to complain.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: December 23, 2013 3:55 AM

PRINCETON, N.J. -- In a scientific complex on 88 bucolic acres near here, some astonishingly talented people are advancing a decades-long project to create a sun on Earth. When -- not if; when -- decades hence they and collaborators around the world succeed, their achievement will be more transformative of human life than any prior scientific achievement.

 
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By: Ed Moore, Ph.D. | Posted: December 23, 2013 3:55 AM

A postsecondary education is one of the best investments a person can make. Data available prove education creates a lifetime of opportunity and potential for success. People in the workforce, on average, earn almost twice as much with a bachelor’s degree than those with only a high school diploma. The pursuit of knowledge pays off!

 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: December 21, 2013 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The lie of the year, according to Politifact, is "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it." But the story of the year is a nation waking up to just how radical Obamacare is -- which is why it required such outright deception to get it passed in the first place.

 
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