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June 26th, 2014

Where's Saddam Hussein When the US Needs Him?

    John Kerry was doing his best "Casablanca" impersonation, pretending to be police Capt. Renault and was just shocked that Egypt is still a brutal military dictatorship despite our newly revived "historic partnership." 

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A Climate of Extra Credit

    Naturally, the World Cup is drawing attention to Brazil, the host nation and the tournament’s leading contender. But shortly before the soccer tournament began, two studies highlighted by National Geographic also called attention to South America’s biggest country.

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Brazilian Order and Progress

    Every four years, Brazilians wrap themselves in their cheerful green, yellow, and blue flag emblazoned with the Portuguese words “ordem e progresso.” The slogan, which translates as “order and progress,” stretches across a puddle of stars.

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Into The Morass

    Remember the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush? It happened on Dec. 14, 2008, near the end of the president's second term. Bush had traveled to Baghdad for a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The two announced the signing of the U.S.-Iraqi Status of Forces Agreement promising that all American soldiers would leave Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.

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Mississippi Goes for the Money

    Mississippi has sent us a message. I believe it boils down to: We Want Our Stuff.

    Big election night! As you no doubt have heard, Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who specializes in sending billions of dollars in federal pork back into his state, defeated a Tea Party challenger who ran against government spending.

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Not all media rolled over for Iraq War

    It's usual that an accusation against reporters comes from the political right, whether alleging they're in the tank for President Obama or that they're giving Hillary Clinton a free ride on the Benghazi terrorist attacks. But now a charge comes from the political left, passed on by a professional news kibitzer, Media Matters for America.

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Obama's Weakness, or Ours?

    The odds are that you think President Barack Obama's foreign policy is a failure.

    That's the scathing consensus forming, with just 36 percent of Americans approving of Obama's foreign policy in a New York Times/CBS News poll released this week. Foreign policy used to be a source of strength for the president, and now it's dragging him down - and probably other Democrats with him.

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Tragedy explored in 'Broken Heart Land'

    His family doesn't know if Zack actually heard any of it firsthand.

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Turned off by legal pot

    From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana.

    For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol, Volkow has two main answers: We don't entirely know, and, simultaneously, that is precisely the point.

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When Public Servants Demonize the Poor

    For years I’d wondered about the identity of a gaggle of anonymous commenters on Blog for Arizona, the website to which I frequently contribute. These guys weighed in a lot and were very eager to burnish the reputation of Arizona School Superintendent, John Huppenthal.

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