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February 5th, 2015

Absent from 'American Sniper': Political context of unnecessary war

    I finally went to see Clint Eastwood's Iraq war movie, "American Sniper," after a partisan culture war broke out around it. If we had debated with this much gusto before we invaded Iraq, there might not have been a war to make a movie about.

    That's what annoys me about the powerfully bracing movie that grossed more than $250 million in its first two weeks of worldwide release.

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The Vaccine Lunacy

    A few years back, an acerbic friend of mine who was a recent transplant to Los Angeles told me that she itched to write a satirical novel with the following narrative:

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Mitt's White Horse Pulls Up Lame

    When the Mitt Romney documentary premiered here at the Sundance Film Festival last year, one member of the audience was especially charmed by the candidate up on the screen.

    That guy is great, Mitt Romney thought to himself. That guy should be running for president.

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Heroes and Bystanders

    One of the great heroes of the 20th century was Auschwitz prisoner No. 4859, who volunteered to be there.

    Witold Pilecki, an officer in the Polish resistance to the Nazi regime, deliberately let himself be captured by the Germans in 1940 so that he could gather information about Hitler's concentration camps. Inside Auschwitz, he set up resistance cells - even as he almost died of starvation, torture and disease.

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The unsung heroes of Washington's black history

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The Boehner-Bibi backfire

    The political ramifications are clear: House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a colossal mistake by conspiring behind President Obama's back, and the move has ricocheted on both of them.

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Rupert Is Right

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New York's Real Scandal

    "The scandal isn't what's illegal," goes one of Michael Kinsley's best-known sayings. "The scandal is what's legal." I offer you l'affaire Sheldon Silver as a case in point.

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Netanyahu takes center stage in Boehner's latest folly

    Not since Gen. Douglas MacArthur was called on to address Congress after being fired by President Harry Truman in 1951 has such an invitation to an outsider caused such a stir as House Speaker John Boehner's welcome mat to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Mitt Quits. Again. Probably.

    Mitt Romney is out! And we hardly had time to adjust to the idea that he was in.

    "I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney said in one of the least-private conference calls in the history of communication.

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