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April 30th, 2015

The Numbers Come First

    In June, for the third time since 2012, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, an export credit agency that backs loans to foreign entities that help cement deals with U.S. exporters - and thus helps create American jobs - must be reauthorized by Congress. Otherwise it will go out of business.

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The endless campaign marathon is out of hand

    Now that Hillary Clinton has finally declared her presidential candidacy for 2016, the country can look forward to another interminable stretch of pre-election shadow boxing, until the first voting in the Iowa caucuses early next year.

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Strikes Against Morality

    Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact -- and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise -- until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners.

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Same-sex marriage snarling GOP hopfuls

    Republican presidential hopefuls are struggling with how to position themselves on same-sex marriage, an issue that is bedeviling a party hoping to avoid social controversies as the 2016 election approaches.

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Presidential Primary Book Club

    Concerned citizens bear many great burdens, one of which is trying to follow a presidential race in which virtually every candidate has written one or more books about their lives, hopes, dreams, theories - and, in the case of Mike Huckabee, diets.

    You cannot possibly read them all. It is very likely you don't want to read any. That's what we are here for. Today: Marco Rubio.

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Clinton makes Republican horde look organized

    You  might as well make yourselves comfortable.

    That's advice Republican presidential candidates might want to follow, given how often they will be summoned to Iowa over the next nine months or so to explain themselves to the state's notoriously demanding voters.

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Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth

    Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., was found to be in contempt of court, Thursday, and fined $1,000.

    Her offense? She tells the truth.

    Truth is something that apparently has bypassed the court of Judge Kenneth W. Seamans, who retired at the end of 2014, but came out of retirement to handle this case.

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About Loretta Lynch

    When she takes the oath of office as attorney general, after coming close to breaking records on how long it took to give her the courtesy of a vote, Loretta Lynch will become the first African-American woman to serve in that position.

    And while it's easy to forget, to take such "firsts" as simply belated, which this one is, it is also deserving of celebration.

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Zombies of 2016

    Last week, a zombie went to New Hampshire and staked its claim to the Republican presidential nomination. Well, OK, it was actually Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. But it's pretty much the same thing.

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Why vets' health care never works

    The men and women who serve in the military protect both the United States' security and its values, including political liberty, free enterprise and individual choice.

    How strange, then, that when their time in uniform ends, we thank them for their service and turn them over to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which epitomizes centralized bureaucracy.

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