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Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:55pm
    E-cigarettes pose a public policy conundrum. They are a gateway drug -- but it's not, or hasn't been, entirely clear in which direction most traffic through that gateway flows.     For some existing smokers,...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:54pm
    As the crystal ball on the 2016 Republican presidential nomination remains blurred , two-time loser Mitt Romney appears willing at least to entertain the possibility of trying a third time.     In addition to...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:54pm
    In my column a week ago, "When Whites Just Don't Get It," I took aim at what I called "smug white delusion" about race relations in America, and readers promptly fired back at what they perceived as a smugly...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:54pm
    I don't know what action will be sufficient to roll back both the Islamic State militant group and Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, but I do know what's necessary. And it's not "leading from behind,"...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:53pm
    In August 1968, many of us in the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, West Germany, read reports with disgust and sadness as Soviet troops with tanks and artillery rolled into Czechoslovakia, closing exit routes and brutally destroying the budding...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:53pm
    There are two schools of thought when it comes to the massive theft of celebrity nudes that has been lighting up certain darker corners of the Internet. One of them is wrong.     Comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted:...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:52pm
    I'm beginning to think that college exists mainly so we can debate and deconstruct it.     What's its rightful mission? How has it changed? Is it sufficiently accessible? Invariably worthwhile?  ...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:51pm
    When their far-fetched marriage-gone-bad defense failed to save former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, from guilty verdicts in their corruption trial, I could not help but wonder: Why didn't they take a plea...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:51pm
    "Are Football Coaches Overpaid?" asks a new paper by two Vanderbilt University professors, Randall S. Thomas of the law school, and R. Lawrence Van Horn of the school of management. It's amazing the things academics can...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:51pm
    Republican candidates are falling madly in love with contraception.     Who knew?     "I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, round the clock, without a prescription -...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:50pm
    Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State -- whichever goal President Obama chooses -- will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:49pm
    Sen. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat whose seat is a top target of Republicans to regain control of the Senate, walked into the debate hall in Raleigh Wednesday night looking sharp in a gray suit.     It only...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:49pm
    Another man has made a wild uninformed statement on the subject of rape. Where in the world are these men coming from? What are they thinking? How do they fancy themselves as such experts on rape?     This time I am...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:49pm
    The Labor Day weekend just past marked the traditional Democratic pitch to American working stiffs. President Obama made it by asking them to put their collective shoulders to the wheel for the self-styled Party of the People in the...
Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 2:47pm
    As if beheadings were not terrifying enough, as if the spread of extremism and hatred were not unsettling enough, as if the kidnapping of young girls were not horrifying enough, the world now faces another crisis requiring that...
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