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June 1st, 2014

Where Do These People Come From?

    Growing up in the South I became quite familiar with various colloquial expressions to describe different situations. My mother often used one such in noting bizarre behavior: "It takes all kinds in this old world." That certainly covers the many human foibles of these days.

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No end to the criticism

    Four and a half years ago, President Obama made a speech at West Point in which he announced an escalation of the war effort in Afghanistan. "After 18 months," he declared, "our troops will begin to come home."

    I sipped the Kool-Aid at the time but left a lot of it in the glass.

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When it's not fit to print

    Any freedom, no matter how precious, is subject to abuse. Liberty minus the rule of law equals anarchy. Unless tempered by "a little practical wisdom," Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson famously warned in 1949, the Bill of Rights might become "a suicide pact."

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The rise of the Euro-right

    Who lost Europe?

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Elliot Rodger's misogynistic ravings inspire a powerful response on Twitter

    Yes, all women have been harassed.

    Yes, all women have been judged by our looks, not our merit.

    Yes, all women have been around men who have discounted, denied and demeaned us.

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Shrinking line separates campaign gifts from bribes

    There are three big winners from the recent Supreme Court decisions that Sen. John McCain says might "dismantle entirely" campaign-finance laws: wealthy interests, greedy politicians and investigative journalists.

    Wealthy individuals, corporations and unions will spend unlimited sums to affect elections, and rich donors can now give huge amounts to political party committees.

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Jim Webb is just the leader to fix broken VA

    Let's hope the situation at the Department of Veterans Affairs gets just a little bit worse. Not dying worse, but enough to stir President Barack Obama to forceful action.

    For Obama, a crisis isn't a terrible thing to waste but a hard thing to feel. He's too smart to get upset, or as senior adviser Valerie Jarrett explained to biographer David Remnick, Obama has "been bored his whole life." He's "just too talented to do what ordinary people do."

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Tea party regroups with big victories in Texas

    The brew is weaker but still being drunk in Texas, as the tea party there bucked a national trend and toppled more establishment Republicans on Tuesday.

    Tuesday's vote marks the end of the line for two of the most durable figures in Texas. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost his bid to run for re-election to Dan Patrick, a state legislator and radio host, and 17-term Rep. Ralph Hall lost to a lawyer, John Ratcliffe.

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Obama defends his tenacious moderation

    President Obama, in his West Point commencement address the other day, went to unusual lengths to explain and defend a foreign policy that critics have argued is entirely too cautious in addressing America's challenges abroad.

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Maya Angelou's uncomfortable facts and truths

    Caution: The following tribute to the late great author-poet Maya Angelou may be hazardous to some of my touchier readers.

    The previous paragraph is called a "trigger warning," a disclaimer of the sort that often has been applied to online discussions about rape, sexual abuse and mental illness. In recent months they have spread to a place where power struggles can be most intense: college campuses.

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