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July 18th, 2014

The Get Obama show goes on

    It's beginning to seem like the longest running off-Broadway show, the Republican effort to end the Obama presidency prematurely. The latest act was staged the other day before the House Rules Committee.

    It was considering House Speaker John Boehner's proposal that the House of Representatives sue Obama for failing to do his job in fully implementing the Affordable Care Act, which the Grand Old Party has been trying to kill off ever since Congress enacted it in 2010.

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July 13th

Health-care realities vs. free-market fantasies

    Black helicopter watch can get lonely, even if there’s one always just over the horizon.

    Any day now, for instance, President Obama will assemble the death panels of his health-care designs, appointing the extraterrestrials we suspected he would, to a thousand cable-televised told-you-sos.

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Because We Are Not There Yet

    Once again I call attention to that intrepid group that gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, on a hot July day in 1848. Little did they know what a long difficult struggle it would be before the success of their mission in August of 1920: the vote for women.

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Passing Gas to the Consumer

    Gas prices at the pump during the July 4th extended weekend were the highest they have been in six years. This, of course, has little to do with supply-and-demand economics. It has everything to do with supply-and-gouge profits.

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Putin takes expensive trip down memory lane

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to spend billions of dollars on a bizarre trip into the Soviet past, restarting construction on the storied and ill-starred Baikal-Amur Mainline railroad. Sadly, Putin's nostalgia will come at great cost to the country's future.

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Violent crime is a plague we ignore

    Around 5 p.m. on the Fourth of July - the day we laud the unalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" - as I was firing up the grill for the family cookout, James Oh, 76, and his wife, Soonai Oh, 66, were being robbed at gunpoint by two men at the Ohs' corner store near my home in Washington's Petworth neighborhood. James Oh died four days later from a blow to the head that he received during the robbery; his wife is recovering from her own blow to the head.

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Charging smartphones is easily forgotten

    Bad news. Horrible news. The Transportation Security Administration has come up with a new restriction: If you are flying back to the United States from overseas - especially Europe and the Middle East - you should not bring your phone unless it has enough power to turn on when you arrive stateside.

    Well, that's it for me. My phone never has enough power to turn on even when I am safely ensconced on this side of the Atlantic.

    It's a serious problem.

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Google fades into background in fight to save open Internet

    Google, once boastful that it was the leading defender of a free and open Internet, has gone into the shadows.

    Since the Federal Communications Commission proposed in May to let cable and telephone companies offer special Internet fast lanes for companies willing to pay extra, lobbyists for Google haven't visited the agency to intervene, FCC records show. Facebook, the largest social network, also has been absent.

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Fix immigration law to end influx of minors

    Congress likes to put fancy titles on its legislative handiwork, but they should probably just call everything the Law of Unintended Consequences, especially immigration bills.

    The 1965 Cuban Adjustment Act gave all people fleeing that Communist island the right to legal residence once they reach U.S. soil. Over time, this evolved into the "wet foot, dry foot" policy, whereby the U.S. government could exclude a Cuban rafter caught in the surf off Key West - but not after he had touched the beach.

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Dispatch: I've been to Gaza before, but it has never been like this

    This is not my first time in Gaza, but it is my first time here during a military operation. It is disorienting. The distances are so close.

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