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

The Teflon is starting to peel off Charlie Crist like a cheap frying pan. All of a sudden he isn't oozing charm on the big stage, getting away with empty good-guyisms, hail-fellow jokes and pie-in-the-sky promises. He's sweating.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 29, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- It is said that the problem with the younger generation -- any younger generation -- is that it has not read the minutes of the last meeting. Barack Obama, forever young, has convenient memory loss: It serves his ideology.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: May 28, 2014 3:55 AM
The latest mass-casualty shooting spree -- this one in Santa Barbara, Calif. -- has touched off the usual debate about how to put a stop to these hideous spasms of murder. These random massacres have become, as I wrote in a previous column, an American psychosis. 
 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: May 27, 2014 3:55 AM

There are two strikes going against former Gov. Jeb Bush if he decides to run for president in 2016, according to what is termed conventional wisdom.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: May 27, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Former President George W. Bush once said, rather proudly, that he didn't read newspapers.

President Barack Obama, a confirmed newsie, has claimed to read the major papers, perhaps to learn what's going on in his own administration.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: May 24, 2014 3:55 AM
Memorial Day will likely bring alarmist headlines in the elite media about a populist fever raging in Europe, and manifest in the shocking returns from the elections for the European Parliament.
 
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By: Dominic Calabro | Posted: May 23, 2014 3:55 AM

My college-age children often ask me, “How did you make it through school without the Internet?”

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: May 23, 2014 3:55 AM
This story has a very troubling start, but a pretty satisfying conclusion -- if it really is the conclusion.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: May 22, 2014 4:00 PM

Really? Jumping all over Rick Scott for not debating Charlie Crist? Really?

 
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By: J.P. Sasser | Posted: May 22, 2014 3:55 AM

The summer of 2013 was a watershed event for the Indian River Lagoon -- no pun intended. Its unique flora and fauna were decimated as the result of huge amounts of fresh water and pollutants entering the lagoon, causing lower salinity levels and massive algae blooms.

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

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota says it has 10,000 lakes. The state also has, according to Anthony Sanders, "10,000 campaign finance laws." He exaggerates, but understandably. As an attorney for Minnesota's chapter of the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, Sanders represents several Minnesotans whose First Amendment rights of free speech and association are burdened by an obviously arbitrary, notably complex and certainly unconstitutional restriction.

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

WASHINGTON -- Just when you thought American higher learning couldn't get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: May 21, 2014 3:55 AM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott takes plenty of ridicule -- you might even say a fair amount of disdain -- for his "laser-focus" on jobs and the economy. But like it or not, he's on the same page as millions of Americans who cite joblessness as the A-No. 1, top problem in the nation.

 
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By: Drew J. Breakspear | Posted: May 21, 2014 3:55 AM

We have all received phishing scams, even though you may not realize it. How many times has a legitimate-looking email come to your in-box asking you to confirm or provide financial information?

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 20, 2014 3:55 AM
LONDON -- British politics has a familiar look to Americans, with a center-right Conservative Party and a center-left Labour Party resembling America's Republicans and Democrats.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: May 19, 2014 3:55 AM

Riddle: What do Ringling Brothers and the taxpayers of Martin County, Fla., have in common?

 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 19, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: "We're in favor of a lot of things and we're against mighty few." This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: May 17, 2014 3:55 AM
There's a debate among economists about why a college degree is worth so much. That the credential is valuable is not in doubt. According to the Pew Research Center, college graduates earn about $17,500 more annually than high school grads. Why?
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: May 16, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Mass schoolgirl kidnapping in Nigeria -- to tweet or not to tweet? Is hashtagging one's indignation about some outrage abroad an exercise in moral narcissism or a worthy new way of standing up to bad guys?

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

For a lawsuit claiming to lift the state into sunlight and fresh air, the "emergency petition" two notable Floridians filed Wednesday in the state Supreme Court sure smells fishier than a Japanese sushi market.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 15, 2014 3:55 AM

CHICAGO -- Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive the demos of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining. Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state, with about $100 billion in unfunded public pension promises, and $6.7 billion in unpaid bills. The state is a stark illustration of prolonged one-party rule conducted by politicians subservient to government employees unions.

 
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By: Barney Bishop | Posted: May 15, 2014 3:55 AM

Within the next few weeks, the Legislature will officially deliver the fiscal 2014-15 budget to Gov. Rick Scott for his perusal and ultimate approval.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: May 14, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- When my neighbor gleefully reported that Bill Maher had dedicated a searing monologue to me for a column about the Donald Sterling/Cliven Bundy rants, my first thought was, Nah. If I tussled with everybody who tossed a brick through the window, I'd never get the draperies hung.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: May 13, 2014 3:55 AM
Demography is destiny, we are often told, and rightly -- up to a point. The American electorate is made up of multiple identifiable segments, defined in various ways, by race and ethnicity, by age cohort, by region and religiosity (or lack thereof), by economic status and interest.

Over time, some segments become larger and some smaller. Some prove to be politically crucial, given the political alignments of the time. Others become irrelevant as they lose cohesion and identity.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: May 13, 2014 3:55 AM

Most of the time, it's easy to be light and sassy about Charlie Crist. Frankly, on almost any occasion, he's good for a laugh.

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: May 13, 2014 3:55 AM

Florida is, once again, safe. The Florida Legislature has adjourned.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: May 12, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa, revolted by the police-state arrogance of some elected prosecutors, has stopped a partisan abuse of law enforcement that was masquerading as political hygiene. Last Tuesday, Randa halted the corruption being committed by persons pretending to administer campaign regulations -- regulations ostensibly enacted to prevent corruption or the appearance thereof. The prosecutors' cynical manipulation of Wisconsin's campaign laws is more than the mere appearance of corruption.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: May 12, 2014 3:55 AM

As often as I smack the Tampa Bay Times with a wooden plank, I have to admit not many news organizations can beat Florida's largest-circulation newspaper for doing what all of us in the media should do -- pluck the humbugs out of candidates' resumes and report them.

 
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