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March 5th, 2015

Just Wondering

    Throughout history Americans seem compelled to take out their frustrations, their disagreements, on the President but I wonder if any have been as berated, as denigrated as President Obama. There have even been outright lies about other Presidents but I don't believe that any have been the target that Obama has been.

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ISIS Heads to Rome

    The Italians got this one right. Last week, The Washington Post's Adam Taylor helpfully collected tweets that Italians put out after a murderous video issued by the Islamic State, or ISIS, warned: "Today we are south of Rome," one militant said. "We will conquer Rome with Allah's permission."

    As the hashtag #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome made the rounds in Italy, Rome residents rose to the challenge.

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Who decided Germany was Europe's boss?

    There are two main lines of analysis about Germany's role in the European Union. The first, favored by populist euro-skeptic politicians, is that Germany seeks to reverse the setbacks of the 20th century and rule Europe by other means. The second, popular with political commentators and other members of the European elite, is that German guilt over the setbacks of the 20th century inhibits it from exercising the leadership that the EU actually needs.

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The limits of wishful thinking in Obama's foreign-policy assurances

    Can President Barack Obama sell an Iran deal at home?

    If his negotiators strike an agreement next month, we already know that it will be far from ideal: Rather than eradicating Iran's nuclear-weapons potential, as once was hoped, a pact would seek to control Iran's activities for some limited number of years.

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The GOP's self-deception

    Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don't, their nemesis will beat them in a third consecutive presidential contest -- without, of course, actually being on the ballot.

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Rebuilding crumbling infrastructure can't wait

    If Washington were a rational place, a major measure to rebuild roads, bridges, ports and airports would be a slam-dunk.

    Few doubt the need. The U.S. has underinvested in infrastructure: It was ranked 12th in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015. Road repair needs are pervasive, a quarter of bridges require upgrades, the fast- rail system falls further behind other countries every year.

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More evidence that HSBC is now too big to regulate

    There's nothing necessarily illegal about setting up a company in Panama into which you channel your bonus payments. There's similarly nothing inherently dubious about living in Hong Kong, having Hong Kong citizenship, and opening a Swiss bank account to store some of your wealth. But when you're the chief executive of a British bank embroiled in a scandal about helping customers dodge taxes by hiding money in its Swiss private-wealth unit, it sure looks bad.

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Islamophobes chasing their tails

    OK, let’s hear the president explain it, again.

    “Some call this evil Islamic radicalism. Others, militant jihadism. Still, others Islamo-fascism. Whatever it’s called, this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam.”

    Now, discuss.

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Bake sales can feed kids' imaginations

    Bake sales aren't about the sweets.

    That insight seems to be missing from the ridiculous debate raging in Virginia and across the country over whether public school kids should be able to keep peddling goopy cupcakes and lumpy cookies to raise money.

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February 26th

Who Loves America?

    We have arrived at the point where the utter tedium and desperation of personal attacks against President Barack Obama about his life story and his loyalty are no longer news. The histrionics have shed their ability to shock. Most right-minded Americans - ethically speaking, not ideologically speaking - have moved on.

    But occasionally the insults prove to be accidentally instructive.

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