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November 27th, 2014

Obama's immigration gamble a bid to salvage legacy

    Barack Obama's decision to follow through on his plan to reform immigration policy through an executive order is an uncharacteristically bold gamble, made in the hope of salvaging the final two years of his presidency and his own political legacy.

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Letting us in on the secret

    Agree or disagree with Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the president did something important, laudable, and with potentially long-lasting consequences in announcing the move: He released the Office of Legal Counsel memorandum outlining the legal justification for it.

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Foolishness aplenty: The Washington area's biggest turkeys for 2014

    Looking back at my 2013 picks for the Washington area's  "Turkeys of the Year," I see I overlooked Maryland's hapless Obamacare Web site.

    How did I miss that one? The Free State boasted that the site would be a national leader. It crashed on its first day and cost more than $40 million to rebuild.

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'Emperor' Obama's immigration frustration

    Republican fury over President Barack Obama's drastic executive action on immigration distracts from the most obvious solution: the sensible compromise that senators from both parties passed more than 500 days ago, only to have it bottled up by Speaker John Boehner in the House.

    It has one major flaw, as far as House Republicans are concerned: Obama likes it.

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Bigger Than Immigration

    Don't let yourself get lost in the weeds. Don't allow yourself to believe that opposition to President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration is only about that issue, the president's tactics, or his lack of obsequiousness to his detractors.

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Wild turkeys are back, with a vengeance

    Members of a Maryland church were preparing a turkey supper when they looked out the window and discovered several distant relatives of the main course approaching.

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Stampeding Black Elephants

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Promiscuous College Come-Ons

    Between the last application season and the current one, Swarthmore College, a school nationally renowned for its academic rigor, changed the requirements for students vying to be admitted into its next freshman class.

    It made filling out the proper forms easier.

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Immigration Enriches You and Me

    A book, "The Christian Examiner," warns that "ill-clad and destitute" immigrants are "repulsive to our habits and our tastes."

    A former mayor of New York City cautions that they bring disease, "wretchedness and want" to America. And Harper's Weekly despairs that these immigrants are "steeped in ignorance" and account for a disproportionate share of criminals.

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Can we save Cliff Huxtable from Bill Cosby?

    Bill Cosby is over, for now. The Cosby Netflix special is postponed.The NBC Cosby-helmed show, slated for fall of next year, has been canceled. "I'm just going to call it," wrote Lindy West at GQ.com. "Bill Cosby is done. There will be no comeback, there will be no damage control, there will be no prevailing core of true believers tipping public opinion back in his favor. It's over."

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