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October 23rd, 2015

The Scary Specter of Ted Cruz

    Since leaving the White House, George W. Bush has taken pains not to insert himself into the events of the day. Not to weigh in. Not to utter statements bound to become headlines.

    When he breaks that habit, you perk up and wonder why.

    He broke it in regard to Ted Cruz.

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If only Trey Gowdy could meet with Sam Ervin

    Somebody should tell Trey Gowdy about Sam Ervin and Tom Coburn. They could teach him that congressional investigations really can be bipartisan.

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Trump's crazy tariffs

    All right, let's take Donald Trump seriously. Instead of ridiculing his hair, judge the man on his ideas, especially his business-oriented plans for rekindling the U.S. economy.

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Joe Biden's dignity

    It was a withdrawal speech that sounded like an announcement speech, and it perfectly captured the aching ambivalence of Joe Biden.

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Jim Webb's 'culture' war

    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, feeling disrespected at CNN's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, says he's dropping out to consider running as an independent. That's his right, but I wonder whether anyone will notice.

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The blame lies with the terrorists

    Is Jeb Bush justified in claiming his brother "kept us safe" from terrorism? Obviously not.

    Let me be clear: It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks. That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 19 evil young men, most of them Saudi nationals, who hijacked airplanes, turned them into missiles and killed 3,000 Americans.

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State gun laws upheld, but logic is complicated

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As in 'The Martian,' NASA should boldly go to China

    When Matt Damon is rescued from Mars in this fall's sci-fi blockbuster, "The Martian," an assist from the Chinese space program is critical to getting the American home. The plot twist is heart-warming -- not to mention about as far-fetched as a large-scale manned Mars mission.

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The tuition debate

    One of the things that the Bern and the Hill agree on is that the government should do more to help Americans access life's necessities. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton both support, for instance, putting tuition at public colleges and universities on the taxpayers', rather than students', dime.

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Costly quest to fix failing schools

    When Dale Russakoff began writing about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to help fix the failing schools in Newark, N.J., she assumed she would end up telling an uplifting story of transformational change.

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