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October 9th, 2014

The Walrus and the Politicians

    Let's consider the walrus crisis.

    They're piling up in Alaska. About 35,000 walruses have formed what looks to be a humongous brown ball along the northern coast. A mass of critters, some weighing 4,000 pounds, are pressed shoulder to shoulder - or flipper to flipper.

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The President's Security

    When you hear Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the president's harshest Republican critics in the House, demanding to know whether the president is safe, it's tempting to believe that, at least for a moment, partisan politics has been put to one side in what should be a united and nonpolitical commitment to the safety of our president and his family.

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Secure the people's house

    Put a taller fence around the White House complex and lock the doors.

    Then get rid of the dry rot in the Secret Service bureaucracy, restore staffing to reasonable levels, adopt the latest technology and develop new protocols to replace the ones that didn't work. But don't use the recent shocking lapses in presidential security as an excuse to further separate Americans from the symbols of their government.

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Secret Service SNAFU a wake-up call for the White House

    The latest disclosures of Secret Service breakdowns in the agency's prime mission, the physical protection of the president, are grim reminders of a most disturbing particularly American malady -- the assassination of the nation's political leaders.

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Bush, Carter grandsons are November rising stars

    Bill and Hillary Clinton's new granddaughter captured the headlines this week, but two other presidential grandchildren may catapult to political stardom next month.

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Bush, Carter grandsons are November rising stars

    Bill and Hillary Clinton's new granddaughter captured the headlines this week, but two other presidential grandchildren may catapult to political stardom next month.

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Apple's Irish Luck

    A few weeks ago, the governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, signed into law a tax "incentive package" that his administration had negotiated with Tesla, the electric car company. Tesla is planning to build a giant factory to manufacture the batteries that power its cars, and Nevada was one of five states that were competing fiercely to land the plant.

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Will the election turn on terrorism?

    The beheadings of Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State enraged and horrified the nation. But someone who knows her state down to the block and town green level said the killings were felt even more deeply here.

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What's Wrong With This Picture?

    Poll after poll continue to show the Democrat Senate majority as endangered and President Obama's popularity as equally in peril. What is it that so many don't seem to comprehend about the political realities of the era?

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The Secret Service is no stranger to scandal

    No power couple cut a wider social swath in post-Civil War Washington than President Ulysses S. Grant's attorney general, George H. Williams, and his wife, Kate.

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