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September 17th, 2015

Obama's Syria achievement

    This may be the most surprising of President Barack Obama's foreign-policy legacies: not just that he presided over a humanitarian and cultural disaster of epochal proportions, but that he soothed the American people into feeling no responsibility for the tragedy.

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The right question about government

    Many conservatives and most libertarians argue that every new law or regulation means that government is adding to the sum total of oppression and reducing the freedom of individuals.

    This way of looking at things greatly simplifies the political debate. Domestic issues are boiled down to the question of whether someone is "pro-government" or "anti-government."

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Zuckerberg’s Expensive Lesson

    It’s just hitting bookstores, but Dale Russakoff’s new book, “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?,” has already become a source of enormous contention, both in Newark, where the story takes place, and among education advocates of various stripes.

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Devastating Our Environment

    For those who still cannot comprehend climate warming I invite you to look at California's great central valley that provides much of the nation's and the world's food. Yes, there have always been droughts but never, ever so devastating as the current one. Granted, the weather does fluctuate but never in recorded history have the signs of continuing temperature rising been as consistent in so many ways of disruption.

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The Spirit and Promise of Detroit

    I’m a glutton, always will be, so you’ll have to forgive me for beginning with food — and for tasting hope, or something like it, in a peanut butter cookie.

    I bought the cookie at Sister Pie, a bakeshop that opened earlier this year in a resurgent neighborhood here. Sister Pie is unusual, and not just because it makes scones with cauliflower and puts rosemary in its shortbread.

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U.S. organized labor may be lifting its head

    On the surface, this Labor Day holiday capped another dark year for U.S. unions and many working-class Americans.

    Union membership in the private sector is 6.6 percent; it was 16.8 percent 30 years ago. Union members accounted for 35.7 percent of public sector workers, down slightly from a decade earlier.

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Walls, Borders, a Dome and Refugees

    After Donald Trump proposed building a high wall all along the U.S.-Mexico border, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, not to be out-trumped, basically said, I see your wall and raise you one, stating that it was “legitimate” to consider building a wall along the 5,525-mile U.S.-Canada border as well.

    Well, I see both your walls — and raise you a dome.

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Compassion for Refugees Isn’t Enough

    Bravo to Pope Francis, Angela Merkel and so many ordinary Germans and Austrians who have welcomed refugees into their lands. Kudos to those American politicians acknowledging that we should accept more Syrian refugees — the U.S. has admitted only 1,500 since the war started four years ago, which is pathetic.

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Could Trump trade Latinos for blacks? Don't count on it

    For years Bruce Bartlett has been trying to help his fellow Republicans to reconcile their long-broken marriage with African-Americans. Timing has not always been his friend.

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Each party finds its frontrunner a dilemma

    With Labor Day behind them, the Republican and Democratic parties share the same discomfort. Each has a 2016 presidential frontrunner campaigning under a cloud of doubt over ultimate electability.

    Republican Donald Trump, for all his heady lead in the polls, lacks credibility as a president, particularly as a foreign policy neophyte with a reckless tongue.

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