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August 10th, 2014

"Limited, Specific and Achievable"

    That is how one unnamed official described the military option in Iraq, last Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

    Of course, the war in Iraq is supposed to be over. It was called "Operation Iraqi Freedom" until its name was changed in 2010 to "Operation New Dawn." It ended in December of 2011, in its eighth year, with the American death toll standing just shy of 5,000.

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Finally, Nixon admits guilt

    On the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon's resignation as president, his admission of guilt has finally been made public in a 1983 videotaped interview with him by an old White House aide.

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Selling to 'Minimalists' Is Surprisingly Easy

    It matters not whether you are sizing up, sizing down or sizing sideways. Merchants have products to help you on your way to the life you think you want.

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Richard Nixon, Watergate Conspirator and Good Liberal

    Nixon without Watergate; it's like Beethoven without music or "The Godfather" without violence.

    Yet there was a lot more to the five and half years of Richard Nixon's presidency. That record, ironically, is largely painful for the conservatives who supported him for a quarter century, and not a bad one for the liberals who despised him.

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Plain vanilla bipartisanship

    When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?

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Nigeria is Africa's too-big-to-fail nation

    If there was one person attending this week's deftly staged U.S-Africa Leaders Summit who wanted the word "ebola" to dominate every headline, it would probably be Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

    Anything to keep Boko Haram out of the discussion.

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Mindsets worth changing

    School starts next week and my two sons are inconsolable about having to return to their hated "prisons."

    Based on the teachings of professor and researcher Carol Dweck, author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," they surely have a fixed idea about themselves.

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Immigration action echoes emancipation

    Not since Abraham Lincoln pondered his Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 has a president considered ordering a more sweeping adjustment to membership in the American community than the mass relief for illegal immigrants that President Barack Obama is said to be contemplating.

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Executive orders? Obama has no choice

    Congress has fled Washington for a five-week summer recess, but don't fret about all of the serious problems left unresolved in their absence. It won't make any difference. Under Speaker John Boehner, members of the 113th Congress accomplish as much out of town as in town. Which is absolutely nothing.

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Ebola-infected coverage of Africa summit

    Ebola was not supposed to have a prominent place on the agenda for this week's Africa summit. But it keeps infecting the discussion.

    Forty African heads of state visited Washington this week, snarling traffic as the Obama administration highlights what it describes as "one of the world's most dynamic and fastest-growing regions."

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