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October 9th, 2014

In Holder's exit, a vacuum

    Who'll be the next attorney general? Washington's favorite parlor game is filling Cabinet vacancies; I like playing as much as the next pundit. (Keep reading!) Still, the more telling question is: Why are we playing this game at all?

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Hooked on Apples

    When it comes to solving big problems, I believe in reaching for the low-hanging fruit first. What’s the easy stuff we can get out of the way before working on harder challenges?

    Right now, many of us can go for the low hanging-fruit in a very literal way: by visiting an apple orchard.

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Help the Islamic State to destroy itself

    How smart are the American people? Smart enough to be quite skeptical of President Barack Obama's vow to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria without putting American "boots on the ground."

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Helen

    Today would be my mother's 88th birthday, which is not so old, but my mother seemed very old eight years ago, when she died. She did not have a happy life. Her mother died when she was still a teenager, she went to work while her brother went to college, and she was painfully divorced after 23 years of marriage.

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Despite Obama's wishful thinking, prospects grim in Middle East

    In striving to sell his strategy for taking on the jihadist terror group the Islamic State, President Obama has offered a heavy dose of wishful thinking about the new Iraqi leadership and his coalition of the willing that includes Arab allies.

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Serving Without Protecting

    My mother used to leave the front door unlocked. She used to leave the side and back doors unlocked, too. This was mostly a function of sloppiness - she had four kids, three pets and a whole lot else on her mind - but when pressed about it, she reasoned that anyone bent on intrusion would find a way and that it was all a matter of chance in the end.

    She missed her calling as the director of the Secret Service.

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Our criminal justice system is making it really hard for people to find jobs

    Although the American economy has rebounded from the Great Recession, many people still struggle to find jobs. Politicians blame taxation, trade policies and automation. Some have even singled out the current welfare system.

    Often overlooked? The many punitive effects of the criminal justice system.

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Order Vs. Disorder, Part 4

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Get the authorization

    President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

    Do your jobs, everybody.

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Eric Holder's heroic tenure

    “In respect of civil rights,” wrote Justice John Harlan, “all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful."

    Well, at least that’s so on paper.

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