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May 28th, 2015

Jeb defends Iraq War on basis of regime change

    Jeb Bush's recent effort at damage control by reversing his statement on the Iraq War isn't likely to get him out of the woods.

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Is the Ex-Im Bank Doomed?

    It's looking pretty grim for the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

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Clinton's battle-tested strategy of boredom

    This week, Hillary Clinton broke her almost month-long streak of avoiding the press. After a speech on small businesses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, she took six questions from reporters who have been diligently following her around since she announced her presidential candidacy April 12.

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Chasing miracles in Iraq

    If Iraqis won't fight for their nation's survival, why on earth should we?

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A new blame game emerges over Iraq

    Whenever America's reputation as the world's prime military power takes a hit, a partisan argument inevitably breaks out over who's to blame. From "Who lost China?" to "Who lost Korea?" and "Who lost Vietnam?" the two major parties have regularly jockeyed to assign fault to the other one. So it is beginning again with "Who is losing Iraq?" with the fall of Ramadi along with already fallen Mosul, in that besieged battleground.

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Will They? Or Won't They?

    As the Supreme Court grows ever closer to releasing their opinion on same sex marriage, we all think we know the answer. How could it be any other way than to allow such? However, we had best keep in mind they, this court and its predecessors, have fooled us before.

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Who Are These Outlaw Bikers?

    Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas -- a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn't? Who are they?

    For answers, I consulted James F. Quinn, a University of North Texas sociologist who has studied the Bandidos and other outlaw biker "clubs."

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Trade and Trust

    One of the Obama administration's underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty. Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they're just projecting. The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear and straightforward about what it's doing and why.

    Every area, that is, except one: international trade and investment.

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The widow of a Navy vet longs for the home she bought 37 years ago this Memorial Day

    They moved into their low-slung Florida home on Memorial Day, 37 years ago.

    And the first thing Joe did was dig a hole for a flagpole, right near the carport. He was a Navy veteran, survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the rock Mary Morgan Kleiss needed to bring order to the chaos in her life, which included work as a cocktail waitress, two young children and a one-armed former husband.

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The second Cuban revolution

    If you want to see the face of the new Cuba, talk to Niuris Higuiera, co-owner and chef of Havana's Paladar Atelier (paladar's the name Cubans use for privately-owned restaurants).

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