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July 31, 2014
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The nation’s retreat from a maniacal and misguided mission to arrest and imprison our way out of our illegal drug problem has taken another important step.
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July 31, 2014
A Gaza tale the world has yet to grasp
Inhumanity in Gaza is happening right before our eyes — and the whole world is watching.
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July 30, 2014
U.S. actions in WWI set its reputation
“The Great War” and “The war to end all war” proved to be neither. The conflict that would bleed to death some of Earth’s proudest empires — while killing 16.5 million soldiers and civilians — later would be christened World War I to distinguish it from the next, even deadlier slaughter.
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July 30, 2014
Anti-poverty talk from conservative Paul Ryan is getting attention
Quick quiz: Which potential 2016 presidential candidate had this to say about federal anti-poverty programs last week?.
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July 30, 2014
VA reform bill welcome, but it must go beyond more money
In a rare display of compromise, Senate and House negotiators Tuesday agreed to a $17 billion bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill is expected to be approved by Congress before lawmakers leave for their summer recess and then quickly go to the president for his signature.
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July 29, 2014
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When we heard that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had created a potentially lethal safety risk by improperly sending deadly pathogens — like anthrax — to other laboratories around the country, our first reaction was disbelief.
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July 29, 2014
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If police caught you carrying a marijuana cigarette in Washington, D.C., two weeks ago, chances are you would have been arrested, fingerprinted and perhaps jailed.
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July 29, 2014
In Gaza, time to recognize the humanity
On my refrigerator door I keep a photo of an exceptional Palestinian woman who ran kindergartens in Gaza in the 1990s for the Philly-based American Friends Service Committee. Mary Khaas, who died more than a decade ago, would drag her teachers from their refugee-camp homes to visit her Jewish friends at a kibbutz just across the Gaza border.
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July 28, 2014
‘Me, Inc.’ would offer plenty of dividends
WASHINGTON — “Checked the tax code,” wrote a friend who’s engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. “Unfortunately, marrying my fiancee does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big US companies are getting. Thanks for nothing IRS.”
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July 28, 2014
County could be proactive with Marcellus gas data
When in comes to keeping track of the Marcellus gas boom in Butler County, maybe we’re simply taking the wrong direction.
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July 28, 2014
Gaza’s victims: civilians and peace
After more than two weeks of fighting between Hamas and Israel, there is no question which side has the upper hand. Thursday’s strike on a U.N.-run school for Palestinian children increased the Palestinian death toll to more than 760. By that point, the death toll on the Israeli side stood at 35, including a Thai worker in Israel.
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July 26, 2014
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It was a cash-for-favors sting operation that raised far more questions than it answered.
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July 26, 2014
Europe: the world’s great no-show
NEW YORK — The Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on one of the glaring gaps in the world right now — the lack of a strategic and purposeful Europe. The United States can and should lead on the response to this conflict but nothing can really happen without Europe.
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Charles Krauthammer

July 25, 2014
Leadership and the vacant presidency
WASHINGTON — The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.
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