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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: June 13, 2014 3:55 AM

The governor putting his signature on a bill Thursday that changes how the state references the Korean and Vietnam wars completed a stroke of symbolic poetry -- not just for me, but for all Floridians who lost family and friends or fought in either of those wars. 

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: June 13, 2014 3:55 AM

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

If Thomas Jefferson's benign reflection on Shays' Rebellion, that uprising of farmers in 1786 and 1787, is not the first thought that comes to mind today for his fellow Virginian Eric Cantor, surely it is understandable.

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

WASHINGTON -- The morning after, at breakfast at the Republicans' Capitol Hill Club, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was, as befits one of Washington's grown-ups, measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise "to take a step back and a deep breath until we find out how everyone" -- meaning, especially, House Republicans -- "reacts to this." By "this" he indicates, with a wave of a hand, the one-word headline on Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Congress: "Stunner."

 
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By: Barney Bishop | Posted: June 12, 2014 3:55 AM

The Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA) announced Tuesday the launch of their Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot Coalition, which is about educating the public on the dire impact if Amendment 2 is approved allowing medical marijuana.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: June 11, 2014 3:55 AM

Don't think what happened to Eric Cantor and the GOP machine Tuesday in Virginia couldn't happen to Charlie Crist and the Democratic Party power players in Florida.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: June 11, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- So much for the argument that having more people armed in public places will result in fewer gun deaths.

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: June 10, 2014 3:55 AM

The end of the world may be nigh: Uber-liberal politician Sandy D'Alemberte and I agree on something. It is that state Sen. John Thrasher would be a great president for Florida State University.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: June 10, 2014 3:55 AM
For 10 days, Americans have argued over the wisdom of trading five Taliban senior commanders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

President Obama handed the Taliban a victory, critics contend, and imperiled U.S. troops in Afghanistan when the five return to the battlefield. Moreover, he has inspired the Haqqani network and other Islamists to capture more Americans to trade.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 9, 2014 3:55 AM
President Obama evidently was caught by surprise by the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

So, apparently, was VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who evidently took at face value the corrupt VA statistics -- and who, after a distinguished military career, resigned last week.
 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: June 7, 2014 3:55 AM
Though President Barack Obama's first term was characterized by anemic economic growth, decreasing household income, prolonged joblessness, an unpopular health law, foreign policy blunders and bitter partisanship, the electorate seemed stubbornly unwilling to lay any of it at his feet. As late as July 2013, 35 percent of Americans assigned George W. Bush a "high degree" of blame for the economy versus only 19 percent who named Obama alone. 
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: June 6, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- What is it with Susan Rice and the Sunday morning talk shows? This time she said Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had served in Afghanistan "with honor and distinction" -- the biggest whopper since she insisted the Benghazi attack was caused by a video.

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

Look closely at the pretty words in Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment. I think you'll find what I did -- the polar opposite of conservative values and common sense.

 
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By: Allison DeFoor | Posted: June 5, 2014 1:53 PM

I am not a liberal; just a Florida Cracker. That is why I am voting for Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: June 5, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- What Winston Churchill said of Secretary of State John Foster Dulles -- that he was a bull who carried his own china shop around with him -- is true of Susan Rice, who is, to be polite, accident prone. When in September 2012 she was deputed to sell to the public the fable that the Benghazi attack was just an unfortunately vigorous movie review -- a response to an Internet video -- it could have been that she, rather than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was given this degrading duty because Rice was merely U.N. ambassador, an ornamental position at an inconsequential institution. Today, however, Rice is Barack Obama's national security adviser, so two conclusions must be drawn.

 
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By: Raoul Lowery Contreras | Posted: June 5, 2014 3:55 AM

It's not often that anyone can get 89 percent of any American group to agree on anything. In Florida today, recent polling has concluded that 89 percent of Florida Democrats want to see a debate among Democratic candidates for governor.

 
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By: Kathleen Parker | Posted: June 4, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- The exchange of five Guantanamo detainees for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has reminded us of three unpleasant facts of life:

The United States does negotiate with terrorists; the president will circumvent laws as circumstances require; Republicans and Democrats will be summarily outraged as party affiliations seem to require.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: June 3, 2014 3:55 AM
Last week I set out a 2016 nightmare scenario for Republicans -- not one that seems likely, but one that can be extrapolated from current polling.

In that spirit, let me set out a 2016 nightmare scenario for Democrats -- again, not likely but a plausible extrapolation.
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: June 3, 2014 3:55 AM

It probably pained Peter Schorsch to say it, but his observation in a Sunday blog about why Rick Scott has overtaken Charlie Crist in the latest polls is so direct, so simple, so spot-on it's like the SaintPetersBlog guru threw a can of paint in my face.

How right he is.

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

WASHINGTON -- To hear tell, the mean ol' GOP is waging war on Michelle Obama and, brace yourself, America's children.

Got it?

The newest war on women/children relates to the first lady's well-intentioned but disastrous school nutrition program, otherwise known as the Dumpster Derby.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell | Posted: May 31, 2014 3:55 AM
It's been 10 years since Ronald Reagan passed away, but one horrible myth about him will not die. When he passed, The Advocate magazine published an essay by radical gay playwright Larry Kramer titled "Adolf Reagan." The rant began: "Our murderer is dead. The man who murdered more gay people than anyone in the entire history of the world, is dead. More people than Hitler even."
 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: May 30, 2014 3:55 AM
Here's a not-so-bold prediction: After the press loses interest in the Veterans Affairs scandal, after the investigations have been completed and one or two officials have resigned, nothing will change. 
 
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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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