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By: Mona Charen | Posted: August 19, 2014 3:55 AM
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 19, 2014 3:55 AM

How does an issue that registers barely a blip on the Who-Gives-a-Hoot Election Meter manage to compel a governor to give up half an hour on his Tuesday schedule so he can be condescendingly preached to?

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: August 19, 2014 3:55 AM

There may be another incumbent-tossing in the wind for Northeast Florida.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 18, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called "inversion," more about which anon. So, consider his credentials as an economic thinker.

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 18, 2014 3:55 AM

All Aboard Florida (AAF) is like a rigged "Let's Make a Deal" TV experience. 

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

The Martin County Commission races, hotter than a cherry bomb in a coffee can, now move to money, and who's giving what to whom. The emphasis is on the who.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: August 16, 2014 3:55 AM
Last week, we were told there were 40,000 Yazidis on Sinjar Mountain facing starvation if they remained there, and slaughter by ISIS if they came down.

But a team of Marines and Special Forces that helicoptered in has reported back that, with a corridor off the mountain opened up by U.S. air strikes, the humanitarian crisis is over. The few thousand who remain can be airdropped food and water. The rest can be brought out.
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 15, 2014 3:55 AM

"Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle."
-- Hillary Clinton, The Atlantic, Aug. 10

WASHINGTON -- Leave it to Barack Obama's own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking.

 
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By: Alex Sanchez | Posted: August 15, 2014 3:55 AM

We all have dreams. A young couple dreams of purchasing their first home together. New parents dream of the day when they can send their child off to college. Our country is rooted in the American dream, which tells us that the opportunity for a better life exists for each of us.

 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 14, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry was nonplussed: "You just don't in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext." If, however, Vladimir Putin is out of step with the march of progress, where exactly on history's inevitably ascending path (as progressives like Kerry evidently think) does Kerry, our innocent abroad, locate the Islamic State?

 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 14, 2014 3:55 AM

It gives me no joy to contradict or criticize The Stuart News, to which I happily gave 28 years of my life. But the newspaper's Sunday endorsement of Martin County Commission Chairwoman Sarah Heard begs a few choice words of dissent.

 
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By: Pat Buchanan | Posted: August 13, 2014 3:55 AM
U.S. air strikes since Friday have opened a corridor through which tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped and starving on a mountain in Iraq, have escaped to safety in Kurdistan. 
 
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By: Nancy Smith | Posted: August 13, 2014 3:55 AM

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, stopping by CBS' "Face the Nation" the other week, summed up the state of the planet about as well as anyone could: "To put it mildly," she said, "the world is a mess."

 
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By: Robert W. McKnight | Posted: August 13, 2014 3:55 AM

In 1978, there was only one Tiger Bay Club -- the original at the famed DuPont Plaza Hotel on the mouth of the Miami River.

 
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By: Nicolás Gutierrez | Posted: August 12, 2014 3:55 AM

If you have paid attention to the news lately, you have no doubt seen the tensions, civil war and terrorist attacks facing many countries around the world. What many of these countries have in common is a major influence on the production or transportation of oil and natural gas, which is essential to all developed nations.

 
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By: Thomas Sowell | Posted: August 12, 2014 3:55 AM
New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 11, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- Although the Ebola virus might remain mostly confined to West Africa, it has infected the Western imagination. This eruption of uncontrolled nature into what developed nations consider serene modernity is more disturbing to the emotional serenity of multitudes than it is threatening to their physical health.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: August 9, 2014 3:55 AM
The United Nations plays a supporting role in every war between Hamas and Israel. U.N. spokesmen routinely issue statements, accusations and denials about everyone's conduct, including their own (most recently they had to account for why they returned rockets, discovered in a U.N. school, to Hamas). Israel was denounced worldwide for an "attack" on a U.N. school said to be housing 3,000 civilians, but it was actually an attack on particular terrorists on the adjoining street.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 8, 2014 3:55 AM
The standard thing to say about the various Republican primaries this year is that the tea party movement has lost one race after another. That's a defensible conclusion but also an oversimplification.
 
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By: George Will | Posted: August 7, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- At about 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: "I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it."

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

If only Charlie Crist knew more about water. Just once I'd like to hear him throw away the campaign talking points and show me he understands Everglades restoration strategies. I think I'd feel better about him.

 
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By: Robert W. McKnight | Posted: August 6, 2014 5:00 AM

As a 35-year-old first-term senator in Florida, that message had a chilling effect on me. It was conveyed by a telephone call from Marvin Rosen, a longtime friend and supporter of the Kennedy family.

 
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By: U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Patrick E. Murphy | Posted: August 6, 2014 3:55 AM

Whenever we’re home in Florida, our constituents always ask us about the country’s finances. The American people instinctively know that running mindless deficits and carrying an unsustainable debt load hurts our country and their families.

 
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By: L. Brent Bozell | Posted: August 6, 2014 3:55 AM
Earlier this year, former New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote a trash-talking article in New York Magazine begging conservatives to dig back into the Clinton scandals of the 1990s. Hillary Clinton is preparing to run for president again, and he thinks it will help. Rich delighted in "how inexorably the Clintons will seduce the GOP into another orgy of self-destruction" by focusing on Whitewater or Bill Clinton's sexual harassments, making Hillary look again like "a victim of drive-by character assassination."
 
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By: Leslie Wimes | Posted: August 5, 2014 1:00 PM

Well, looky, looky-lou!

Just like I pointed out previously, I don’t have to seek out information, information finds its way to my inbox on its own, or at least with the help of others! It seems as though someone was busy at 1:30 on the morning of July 30. 

 
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By: Lloyd Brown | Posted: August 5, 2014 11:30 AM

Both of the leading candidates for governor are hammering away at each other over education funding.

 
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By: Mona Charen | Posted: August 5, 2014 3:55 AM
"Meet the Press" featured a segment this week that illustrates the planted liberal axioms that dominate our political culture. The topic was Congress's failure to "get anything done" this term. Political director Chuck Todd set the stage:
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 4, 2014 3:55 AM
Bipartisanship is dead. That's the conventional wisdom, and there's a lot of evidence to support it.
 
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By: Charles Krauthammer | Posted: August 2, 2014 3:55 AM

WASHINGTON -- John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis -- left, right and center -- of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that's only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America's Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.

 
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