By: Michael Barone | Posted: April 4, 2014 3:55 AM
When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in 1830, he was struck by how many Americans were participating in voluntary associations. It was quite a contrast with his native France, where power was centralized in Paris and people did not trust each other enough to join in voluntary groups.
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By: George Will | Posted: April 3, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking -- some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits -- askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination.

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: April 2, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon's observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Mean. But true?

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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: April 1, 2014 3:55 AM
Is the Republican Party's Middle East policy up for bid?

For four days ending Sunday, a quartet of presidential hopefuls trooped to Las Vegas to attend the annual gathering of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: April 1, 2014 3:55 AM

In my lifelong study of the liberal mental process I've always been amazed at the ability some have to take a totally meaningless talking point or bumper sticker and run with it as if it were a showstopper.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 31, 2014 3:55 AM
"This is my last election," President Obama said in words caught on an open mic. "After my election, I have more flexibility."

He was speaking in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2012, almost exactly two years ago, to Dmitry Medvedev, then in his last year as Vladimir Putin's stand-in president of Russia.
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By: Barney Bishop | Posted: March 31, 2014 3:55 AM

Medical marijuana and Charlotte’s Web are inextricably linked due both to politics and policy.

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By: L. Brent Bozell | Posted: March 29, 2014 3:55 AM
Politico reported something interesting before President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis: "The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own."

It's rare for pundits to admit that someone else might top their revered Barack in the coolness category. They're equating coolness and popularity, and the pope certainly polls much better than the president, which is no surprise these days.
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By: Reggie Garcia | Posted: March 29, 2014 3:55 AM

For Florida’s 3 million citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing, being heard and properly represented by the hearing world can mean the difference between life and death, success and failure, freedom and incarceration.

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

Looking at the same March 20 letter from the United States Department of Labor as the Times/Herald editors looked at, I can't for the life of me find the accusations of incompetence against Jesse Panuccio and the Department of Economic Opportunity that they can.

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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: March 28, 2014 3:55 AM

"The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That's the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War."
-- Barack Obama, March 24

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

WASHINGTON -- Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: "If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus." Poland has been run over hard and often; indeed, between 1795 and 1918 it disappeared from the map of Europe.

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By: Ed Moore, Ph.D. | Posted: March 27, 2014 3:55 AM

One thing that has been consistent during the recent economic recession and subsequent upturn -- dare I say recovery -- has been the way two states have led the country in growth, job creation and economic development.

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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: March 26, 2014 3:55 AM

 What does a closet David Beckham groupie do when she THINKS she has a selfie -- a sort-of selfie, anyway -- then discovers she erased it before she could brag to the world and put it under her pillow?

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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: March 26, 2014 3:55 AM
Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time -- and, above all, some serious thought -- into how to go about doing it.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: March 25, 2014 3:55 AM
Will Hillary Clinton be elected America's next president? The polls suggest she will.

Recent polls compiled by Real Clear Politics show her winning 67 percent of the vote in Democratic primaries, with no other candidate above 11 percent. General election polling shows Clinton with an average lead over various possible Republican nominees of 51 percent to 39 percent.
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By: George Will | Posted: March 24, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Critics of Rep. Paul Ryan's remarks about cultural factors in the persistence of poverty are simultaneously shrill and boring. Their predictable minuet of synthetic indignation demonstrates how little liberals have learned about poverty or changed their rhetorical repertoire in the last 49 years.

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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: March 22, 2014 3:55 AM
Sweeping through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this week, Joe Biden reassured all three that the United States' commitment to Article Five of the NATO treaty remains "solemn" and "iron clad." 

Article Five commits us to war if the territory of any of these tiny Baltic nations is violated by Russia.
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: March 21, 2014 3:55 AM
The most febrile of George W. Bush haters liked to claim during his tenure that the former president "scared" them. There is far more reason to be frightened by President Barack Obama, because fecklessness and inconstancy trigger wars.
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By: Florence Snyder | Posted: March 21, 2014 3:55 AM

Editor Lenore Devore thinks reporters should look at the wheat to be found in public records, and not the chaff of press releases peddled by taxpayer-supported ministers of disinformation.

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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: March 20, 2014 3:55 AM

Martin County isn't used to taking no for an answer, but it might find defeating All Aboard Florida a too-steep hill to climb.

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

It is reminiscent of the quandary faced by Gen. Maurice Gamelin on the evening of May 15, 1940. Suddenly he realized that German panzer troops had broken through the supposedly impassable Ardennes.

French troops to the north were cut off and rendered useless, troops to the south were falling back in disarray on all sides and no reserves were available between the front and Paris. "Yes," he told the prime minister, "it means the destruction of the French Army."

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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: March 19, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- "Once an agent, always an agent."

This was the terse response of Nina Khrushcheva on New Year's Eve 1999 when her mother commented favorably about the new president, Vladimir Putin, who was then speaking on TV.

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By: Rep. John Tobia | Posted: March 19, 2014 3:55 AM

There is a bipartisan push in the Florida Capitol to pass legislation which would grant in-state tuition (or an equivalent tuition discount) to illegal immigrants. As a fiscal conservative, I strongly disagree with the ideology, intent, and rationale of HB 851 and SB 1400.

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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: March 18, 2014 3:55 AM
Vladimir Putin seems to have lost touch with reality, Angela Merkel reportedly told Barack Obama after speaking with the Russian president. He is "in another world." 

"I agree with what Angela Merkel said ... that he is in another world," said Madeleine Albright, "It doesn't make any sense."
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: March 18, 2014 3:55 AM

In marshes somewhere south of Lake Helen Blazes, the St. Johns River is formed.

It slowly meanders north – one of only a few rivers in North America that flow in that direction. Near the end of its 300-mile journey it turns east, passes in a broad swath through the city of Jacksonville, and then merges into the Atlantic Ocean.

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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: March 17, 2014 3:55 AM

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