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Robert Samuelson

February 8, 2016
The false charms of single-payer
Could Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal — national health insurance — be as good as he says? It’s doubtful.
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Other Voices

February 8, 2016
Do sex offenders deserve amark on their passport?
After rousing themselves from the 30-plus-year bad trip that was the war on drugs — or rather, the war on drug users — many Americans in and out of elected office looked around for someone else to persecute. Someone, somewhere, must be so depraved and hateful that liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans could join in common cause to vilify them.
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Rich Lowry

February 8, 2016
Trump might be down, but he’s not out
Donald Trump’s loss in Iowa wasn’t just a victory for conservatives, but a loss for the mogul’s routinely low and dishonest style of campaigning.
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Fareed Zakaria

February 6, 2016
Cheap oil can lead to perilous world politics
One of Donald Trump’s stock campaign lines is that the Iran nuclear agreement was “terrible.” I’m beginning to wonder if that’s true, but in a sense opposite of what he means. Iran has ended up with a much worse deal than it expected. Remember, Tehran entered the negotiations in the heady days of high oil prices.
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Other Voices

February 6, 2016
Super Bowl’s 60 minutes of damage
WASHINGTON — Settling unhappily into his Super Bowl seat, Himalayan high behind the end zone, Joe spots an empty seat low and on the 50-yard line. He descends to it and asks the man seated next to him why the wonderful seat is unoccupied. The man says, “It’s mine. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she died.
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Other Voices

February 5, 2016
Other Voices
When there’s the political will, there tends to be a political way to accomplish the impossible. It appears this finally may be the case with the nation’s long-ignored epidemic of heroin and prescription opioid addiction.
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Other Voices

February 5, 2016
Rubio’s strategy could backfire
This should be Marco Rubio’s moment. The Florida senator achieved an impressive third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, behind Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. Third place may not sound like much, but Rubio outperformed his poll numbers handily and finished only a hair behind Trump.
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Other Voices

February 5, 2016
This is John Kasich’s last chance
In a year when most Republican rivals have vied to match front-runner Donald Trump’s often outrageous proposals, highly personalized attacks and establishment bashing, Ohio Gov. John Kasich stands out as a voice of moderation and compromise.
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Robert Samuelson

February 4, 2016
Don’t forget the economy, stupid
In 1992, James Carville popularized the adage “It’s the economy, stupid.” If the economy is ailing, people tend to vote against the party in the White House.
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Other Voices

February 4, 2016
Iowa was disruptive — and perfect
That this is a year when everything is up for grabs was confirmed Monday night in Iowa, with two almost equally unacceptable outsiders — Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump — running 1 and 2 in Iowa’s Republican caucuses. The party establishment would take their own lives if one of them actually wins the nomination.
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Other Voices

February 3, 2016
Donald Trump’s got a problem with women
Improbably but relentlessly, Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, a tepid second-place finish in Iowa notwithstanding. Last week, Trump showed it’s possible to win a debate by not showing up.
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Rich Lowry

February 3, 2016
White working class is in despair
We live in the age of working-class discontent, which, if it wasn’t obvious before, has been made plain by the passions roiling 2016 presidential politics.
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Other Voices

February 2, 2016
Conservative Bob Dole pans extremist Cruz
Bob Dole may be 92 years old, but his grasp of the current political climate shows no sign of aging. When we recently spoke by telephone, the former Senate majority leader, two-time winner of the Iowa caucuses and 1996 GOP standard-bearer was eager to share his views on the 2016 Republican front-runners, particularly Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Kathleen Parker

February 2, 2016
Political or not, Trump’s incorrect
If you ask Donald Trump fans what they like about him, there’s an excellent chance they’ll say, “Because he’s not politically correct.”
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