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Date

September 4th, 2014

What line to draw on beheadings

    "Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."

    So tweeted Kelly Foley, a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal execution began to go viral -- as the Islamic State intended.

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The Lesson for Liberals

    There's a painful lesson to be learned for liberals, especially liberal Jews, from the hopefully concluded war in Gaza.

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The Case for Making Foreign Aid a Two-Way Street

    What if I told you there was a lot in Africa that was going right?

    Now, I don’t mean programs that are successfully handing out food aid, treating malaria, or preventing elephant poaching, although I’m sure some of those are succeeding too. I mean intrinsic parts of African cultures that are wonderfully successful and underappreciated.

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Press freedom under fire in Ferguson

    Journalists in Ferguson, Missouri don't face as many risks as our colleagues in Syria, but that's not much to brag about.

    Hardly anything compares to the dangers journalists face in Syria, where James Foley, a freelance photojournalist for GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, was beheaded by a jihadist from the Islamic State.

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Perry Hams It Up

    Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

    Well, meet that ham sandwich: Governor Rick Perry. He’s a real ham — only not as smart.

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Obama needs no more 'red lines'

    President Obama, in his determination to get American foreign policy off what he has called "a perpetual war footing," must take care now not to box himself in with any more comments about "red lines" that restrict his options.

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Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?

    Let's start with what we don't know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.

    But here's what evidence does strongly suggest: Young black men in America suffer from widespread racism and stereotyping, by all society - including African-Americans themselves.

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Ignoring Due Process An Injustice To College Students

    Long ago and far away, a woman we hardly knew presented herself bruised and weeping on our doorstep one night. She told a vivid tale of woe. An old friend of our family she'd been dating had supposedly beaten her and thrown her down the stairs. Why she'd come to our house instead of police headquarters wasn't entirely clear.

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Greasing the Path to Military Intervention

    What explains the never-ending justifications for U.S. involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts? In a word: oil.

    Sure, President Barack Obama may have dropped food and water on that desolate Iraqi mountaintop out of humanitarian concern for the persecuted Yazidi minority. But he didn’t drop any bombs until Islamic State fighters began to threaten Kurdish oil supplies.

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Anti-Boehner faction heads back to Congress risking more turmoil

    The anti-Boehner faction is on the way back to Washington, and bringing reinforcements.

    Ten of the 12 House Republicans who didn't support John Boehner's 2013 selection as speaker are cruising to November victories, despite the business community's attempts to knock some of them off. Rep. Ted Yoho's primary victory in Florida Tuesday night completed the sweep, while the remaining two ran for the Senate and lost.

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