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June 4th, 2015

In quest of a wartime leader

    Sixty-three years ago, the country turned to a military hero, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, to extract it from the Korean War. Now, with bogged-down wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and Syria, the circumstance might suggest the time is ripe for another such warrior, but none is in sight.

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Candidates, what do you propose?

    It's far too early in the campaign season to bemoan the absence of serious policy proposals from the presidential candidates -- but not too soon to set out some parameters of what those proposals, whatever the candidate's ideology, should be expected to address.

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A Failure Of Intelligence

    Contrary to Jeb Bush, it wasn't actually too hard to see through the propaganda barrage that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Key aspects of the Bush administration's case for war were transparently false, and would have been comically so if the consequences hadn't been so terrible.

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Why Do So Many Eggs Come From Iowa?

    An outbreak of bird flu has forced American farmers to kill millions of egg-laying chickens, 32 million in Iowa alone -- hence the rise in egg prices.

    But why so many? Because our eggs are now produced by a handful of gigantic farms. When one of their birds gets sick, the farmers have to kill them all.

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Smoking, Vaping and Nicotine

    "We need a national debate on nicotine," said Mitch Zeller.

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On Same-Sex Marriage, Catholics Are Leading the Way

    Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg and Ireland. Name two things that they have in common.

    They don't share a continent, obviously. Or a language.

    But in all of them, the Roman Catholic Church has more adherents, at least nominally, than any other religious denomination does.

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Mike Bloomberg and the "centrist" mirage

    Unless you stayed in a hotel last night, you may have missed Michael Wolff's column in USA Today suggesting that only one candidate has the profile and pedigree to replace Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. That candidate? Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, of course.

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For ex-con father, a proud day

    Under the oaks, in the sea of caps and gowns and navy blazers and sundresses, Tony Ray Arrington felt totally out of place. And he was the happiest he'd ever been.

    "I can't keep this Kool-Aid smile off my face," the 45-year-old ex-convict said, as he raised his 6-foot-4 frame on tiptoes to look for his daughter.

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Contain and Amplify

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Radar shows blowback against test-heavy school policies

    Hold on to your coffee cup. We have identified the endangered species known as bipartisan consensus in America.

    You thought that we would never see it again. Yet, amazingly, consensus is forming on two key issues.

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