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Date

September 4th, 2014

Have we gone to war again?

    I'd like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State. I'd like to know why -- or why not. I'd like to know whether the goal of U.S. policy is to contain the jihadist militia or destroy it.

    President Obama? Members of Congress? Please pay attention. I'm talking to you.

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2014 and the limits of rage

    The short-term future of politics in the nation's capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors races.

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What line to draw on beheadings

    "Don't watch the video. Don't share it. That's not how life should be."

    So tweeted Kelly Foley, a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal execution began to go viral -- as the Islamic State intended.

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The Lesson for Liberals

    There's a painful lesson to be learned for liberals, especially liberal Jews, from the hopefully concluded war in Gaza.

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The Case for Making Foreign Aid a Two-Way Street

    What if I told you there was a lot in Africa that was going right?

    Now, I don’t mean programs that are successfully handing out food aid, treating malaria, or preventing elephant poaching, although I’m sure some of those are succeeding too. I mean intrinsic parts of African cultures that are wonderfully successful and underappreciated.

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Press freedom under fire in Ferguson

    Journalists in Ferguson, Missouri don't face as many risks as our colleagues in Syria, but that's not much to brag about.

    Hardly anything compares to the dangers journalists face in Syria, where James Foley, a freelance photojournalist for GlobalPost and Agence France-Presse, was beheaded by a jihadist from the Islamic State.

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Perry Hams It Up

    Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

    Well, meet that ham sandwich: Governor Rick Perry. He’s a real ham — only not as smart.

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Obama needs no more 'red lines'

    President Obama, in his determination to get American foreign policy off what he has called "a perpetual war footing," must take care now not to box himself in with any more comments about "red lines" that restrict his options.

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Is Everyone a Little Bit Racist?

    Let's start with what we don't know: the precise circumstances under which a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot dead an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown.

    But here's what evidence does strongly suggest: Young black men in America suffer from widespread racism and stereotyping, by all society - including African-Americans themselves.

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Ignoring Due Process An Injustice To College Students

    Long ago and far away, a woman we hardly knew presented herself bruised and weeping on our doorstep one night. She told a vivid tale of woe. An old friend of our family she'd been dating had supposedly beaten her and thrown her down the stairs. Why she'd come to our house instead of police headquarters wasn't entirely clear.

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