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January 22nd, 2015

On debating the war vs. ISIS

    President Obama has an opportunity for a quick recovery from his Paris no-show gaffe. He can and should move swiftly to ask Congress for new authorization to use the military force he's already initiated against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    His continued reliance on the so-called AUMFs of 2001 in Afghanistan and 2002 in Iraq is of questionable validity in this new phase of the long terrorist war.

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Nigeria lives matter, so should Nigeria news

    Why should the world care about Nigeria more than its own president does?

    That sounds harsh, but it expresses a painful truth. Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in Paris earlier this month after storming the headquarters of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. At the same time Muslim terrorists who call themselves Boko Haram were killing an estimated 2,000 people in two Nigerian villages.

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In France, fuzziness on free speech

    I would have thought the French had a better sense of irony.

    One day they are marching in defiant support of offensive speech. The next they are threatening to prosecute people for it.

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Smart Guns Save Lives. So Where Are They?

    Just after Christmas, Veronica Rutledge of Blackfoot, Idaho, took her 2-year-old son to a Wal-Mart store to spend holiday gift cards. As they strolled by the electronics section, according to news reports, the toddler reached into his mom's purse and pulled out a handgun that she legally carried. He pulled the trigger once and killed her.

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Not Just a Movie

    I went Friday morning to see "Selma" and found myself watching it in a theater full of black teenagers.

    Thanks to donations, D.C. public school kids got free tickets to the first Hollywood movie about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday weekend - an effort that was duplicated for students around the country.

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Mark Wahlberg's Flawed Vision

    Every time I read about the actor Mark Wahlberg's bid to be pardoned by the state of Massachusetts for crimes he committed in his youth, I flash back to the days I spent with him for a Times magazine profile just before "Boogie Nights" came out. I remember a specific detail.

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Elizabeth Warren keeps pressure on Hillary Clinton and Democrats ahead of 2016

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren has an explanation for the singular nature of her power.

    "I'll always be an outsider. That's how I understand the world," the Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview. "There's a real benefit to being clear about this. I know why I'm here. I think about this every morning before I open my eyes, and I'm still thinking about it every night when I go to sleep."

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Andrew Gutierrez, 17: A gift he can't have

    Andrew Gutierrez steeled himself for Christmas as soon as the stores started blaring carols in November.

    Those holiday songs, the piney smell of fresh-cut Christmas trees, the gingerbread giddiness of other kids making lists of stuff they covet - they're always hard for Andrew to take. The 17-year-old wants one gift more than any other: "I want my dad back. I just want my dad."

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The thin blue line between protecting children, revving up the nanny state

    Good thing I don't live in Montgomery County, Maryland. Because the cops, apparently, would be at my door.

    They showed up at the Silver Spring home of Danielle and Alexander Meitiv last month, followed by Child Protective Services (CPS) workers. And CPS was back again this week. And at their kids' school.

    Their crime?

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The Keystone XL Illusion

    Greg Rickford, Canada's minister of natural resources, was in the United States most of this past week, on a trip that didn't get much attention in the media with so much bigger news swirling about. So let me fill you in.

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