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June 25th, 2015

The GOP's Blinkered Contenders

    The Republican Party keeps announcing its new modernity, declaring its new inclusiveness, swearing that it has changed and then showing that it hasn't.

    Witness Rand Paul, who is supposed to be one of its fresher, unconventional faces.

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None of the Above

    I don't recall a time when more people were running for president and fewer of them offered anything more than poll-tested generalities designed to rally their own bases. No one surprises you with any daring. If we could tax their clichés, we'd balance the budget.

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As first female Blue Angel, Capt. Katie Higgins shows girls they can break the gender barrier

    The most shocking thing about flying with Capt. Katie Higgins isn't surviving three G's when she rockets her monster airplane into the sky at 375 miles per hour. Or going weightless four times when she dives it, amped on the squeals and screams coming from the passengers behind her. Or watching veteran troops who swaggered onto her C-130 cargo plane lose it in their barf bags, one after another.

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Remember Mother Emanuel

    Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshipers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.

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How to Grade a Teacher

    This is the second column I've written about Deborah Loewenberg Ball, the dean of the University of Michigan's School of Education. Ball believes the training that teachers get while they are in school needs to be drastically improved. Last year, I wrote about her effort to develop a professional training curriculum that would allow beginning teachers to be far better grounded in their craft than they are now.

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Clinton's two-step on trade

    On Saturday, I was impressed with Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, I was disappointed. Something tells me that the rest of this presidential campaign is going to be more of the same roller coaster.

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The GOP field: A top ten list that's really just three

    Look at any national poll on the 2016 Republican presidential race, and you will see three to five candidates clumped at the "top" of the field - all winning somewhere between 9 and 14 percent of the vote. It's fair, given that clumping, to conclude that the race lacks a front-runner.

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For the Way-Back Gang, it is because it is

    What makes a conservative conservative?

    Aversion to reality, that’s what.

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Charleston and the politics of evasion

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June 19th

Still no new war authorization

    President Obama's decision to send up to 450 more U.S. military advisers into Iraq comes off as another piecemeal response to the Islamic State he pledged a year ago to "degrade and ultimately destroy." It underscores his limited commitment to wage the war while striving to keep more Americans out of harm's way.

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