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September 23, 2014
Still searching for the bottom in Iraq
As the United States fashions a strategy to cope with the Islamic State, President Obama has been clear and emphatic: The American role will be airpower, training, logistics and leadership. No American soldiers will be assigned to combat missions. In other words, no so-called American “boots on the ground.”
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September 23, 2014
Fight Ebola with a health ‘Reserve’ force
A recent projection of the West Africa Ebola outbreak is that it now may take 12 to 18 months to control and will infect 100,000 people. President Obama announced the deployment of 3,000 military troops, more than a hundred Centers for Disease Control and Prevention personnel and millions of dollars to help stem the tide.
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September 22, 2014
Exploring the myth about public schools
WASHINGTON — Have America’s public schools gotten worse over the years?
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September 22, 2014
Clinton needs to show she’s not Obama 2.0
Americans tend to choose presidents who differ from their predecessors, regardless of whether they come from different parties or from the same party.
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September 22, 2014
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America’s manned space program, in suspended animation for three years, was stirring last week. That’s promising for the program and the nation.
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September 20, 2014
Media goes overboard with NFL hysteria
During the past few weeks, two sets of initials have dominated the news — ISIL and NFL — and the casual listener would be hard-pressed to decide which is more odious.
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September 20, 2014
Climate change: complacent vs. apocalyptic
Apart from outright denial, our options for thinking about climate change are limited, ranging from resignation and complacency at one end to the robustly apocalyptic at the other. The philosophical territory between these two extremes is, for the most part, barren land.
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September 19, 2014
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The Treasury Department this past Thursday released its monthly statement of the federal government’s receipts and outlays. Tax revenues in August were $194 billion. Federal spending was $323 billion. Altogether, that amounted to a shortfall of $129 billion.
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September 19, 2014
Just right: Action on Ebola, caution on ISIS
Whether intentional or not, President Barack Obama sent an unmistakable message Tuesday: I may not be prepared to put boots on the ground to stop the Islamic State, but I will to stop the Ebola outbreak.
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Charles Krauthammer

September 19, 2014
The jihadi logic? Trick the U.S. into war
WASHINGTON — What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?
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September 18, 2014
Win the hearts and minds of Muslim youth
This is the week Washington pounced on the question of whether or not American “boots on the ground” will be needed in our newest war against the terrifying forces of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.
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September 18, 2014
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When President Barack Obama began to be dogged by endless replays of his “If you like your health care, you can keep it” sound bite, his loyalists insisted the president’s words had been misinterpreted. The fault likely lies with the president himself. What he clearly meant to say was, “Whether or not you like our health care, we’ll make you keep it.”
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September 18, 2014
Body cameras for police officers: Why not?
Police in Ferguson, Mo., got new equipment recently. No, not an M1 Abrams tank — body cameras that record interactions with citizens.
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September 17, 2014
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Voters in Scotland this week could end their country’s 300-year-old union with England. That possibility perplexes not only many Britons but also President Obama, the leader of a country that chose to “dissolve the political bands” with England in 1776.
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September 17, 2014
Congress should take stand on ISIS fight
While President Barack Obama made a convincing case for military intervention against the Islamic State last week, there’s something else that should occur before the United States again pursues a strategy of war: It’s time for Congress to have an up-or-down vote on authorizing the use of force. Sadly, that doesn’t appear likely.
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