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October 9th, 2014

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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Democrats Should Be Nicer to the South

    It's been noticed by just about everyone except what we call the "liberal establishment" that of the eight Senate seats now up for grabs, four are in the South -- Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. H. Brandt (Brandy) Ayers, the publisher of The Anniston Star in Alabama, has certainly noticed the neglect. And boy, is he frustrated.

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The Hole in Holder's Legacy

    A few weeks ago, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. gave a speech at the New York University School of Law on the subject of white-collar prosecutions. In it, he offered a full-throated defense of his department's efforts in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. With his resignation announcement coming eight days later, one can't help but view his speech as a kind of valedictory.

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October 2nd

Those Lazy Jobless

    Last week John Boehner, the speaker of the House, explained to an audience at the American Enterprise Institute what's holding back employment in America: laziness. People, he said, have "this idea" that "I really don't have to work. I don't really want to do this. I think I'd rather just sit around." Holy 47 percent, Batman!

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Two ideas that could overcome gridlock

    Is the country condemned to another two years, at least, of gridlock?

    The world-weary take on the midterm elections is an indifferent shrug. Whether Democrats control the Senate or Republicans, nothing will be accomplished anyway, this apathetic argument goes.

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