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Date

April 2nd, 2015

Cruz will be one of several in GOP competing for tea party, evangelical voters

    Ted Cruz's splashy entry into the 2016 race Monday intensifies the early battle to consolidate conservative voters who are intent on denying the Republican Party establishment yet another presidential nomination.

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Candidates should face Iraq, Libya litmus tests

    Every presidential candidate should face pressure to answer, explicitly, these two questions: Given what we now know, was it right or wrong to invade Iraq in 2003 to oust Saddam Hussein and, eight years later, to help topple the regime of Moamar Gadhafi in Libya?

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A new 'Charlottesville Curse' that's getting worse each day

    Thomas Jefferson's university was founded in 1819 as an auspicious institution, an "academical village" surrounding a building modeled after the Roman Pantheon with a strict honor code and a deep commitment to traditions and public service.

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This Snookered Isle

    The 2016 election is still 19 mind-numbing, soul-killing months away. There is, however, another important election in just six weeks, as Britain goes to the polls. And many of the same issues are on the table.

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Gov. Jindal's Implosion

    What happened to Bobby Jindal?

    He was the next wave of Republican. He was young and smart - a Rhodes scholar. He was the son of immigrants and the first Indian-American governor in this country's history.

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Harry Reid vs. the Smooth Deal

    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will.

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March 26th

The Morality Police

    In Saudi Arabia, the Mutaween are 3,500 public officials and thousands of volunteers who work for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are responsible for enforcing strict religious laws. Among the many laws are those that require all women to wear head scarves and black gowns when in public.

The “Morality Police” also exist in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and several fundamentalist Arab countries.

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Starbucks' effort to talk about race is better than silence

    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is urging baristas to engage customers in discussions about race and inequality -- as if his employees already were not busy enough trying to tell my coffee-and-espresso-shot from the next guy's vanilla latte.

    Does Schultz really want to go there? I know he's a marketing genius. Who else could turn overpriced cups of coffee into a daily lifestyle choice for millions of drinkers world-wide?

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Never-Compromise wins again

    Last week the Ghost of Gridlock Present crossed paths in Washington with the Ghost of Gridlock Future. It makes for a spine-chilling tale.

    Gridlock Present was haunting the Senate, where legislators dissolved into partisan warfare over a bill to fight human trafficking that most of them support.

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Can anybody around here pass a law?

    As if more proof were needed about congressional dysfunction, witness the spectacle of the last two weeks, in which the Senate managed to grind itself to a halt over a human trafficking bill that both sides want to pass.

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