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Date

October 2nd, 2014

Bookends of a presidency

    President Obama began his presidency with a call for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world." He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior, using U.S. military force to smash Islamic extremists and the "network of death" they have planted at the heart of the Middle East.

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Holder and RFK's legacy

    When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department "can and must always be a force for that which is right."

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I didn't know her, but I mourn her

    It was so sad. I'm sure there are other words to describe what I saw Wednesday morning. But that word comes to mind.

    The body was covered with a white sheet. It was lying on a grassy area in the District of Columbia beneath the Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge that carries Calvert Street NW. Portions of Connecticut Avenue NW and Beach Drive were cordoned off.

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Not for the Faint of Heart

    In an ideal world, ads for congressional candidates would not look like promos for "Homeland."

    But there they are! Grainy shots of barbed wire, terrorist training camps and men in Arab garb firing large weapons, overlaid with scary sound clips from cable news. ("Are they coming for us?")

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Paralysis Isn't Inevitable

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Then And Now

    As I watched the recent PBS Series, "The Roosevelts," I couldn't help but think that not much had changed in so far as humankind's relations are concerned. We do seem to have bigger and better weapons but no lessening of the human greed that generates the so-called need for such weapons.

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Timing a debate on war-making

    Now that President Obama has laid his case before the United Nations for a concerted international war on the emerging Islamic State, if and when should the argument be debated in Congress?

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UN speech may indicate a tougher Obama

    The President Obama many fellow Democrats have been looking for ever since his 2008 election may have shown up this week at the United Nations. His tough and direct call on the rest of the international community to step up to the challenge of global terrorism displayed a spine they have long felt missing in action.

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From Pen and Phone to Bombs and Drones

    The president was at the United Nations on Wednesday, urging young people across the Muslim world to reject benighted values, even as America clambers into bed with a bunch of Middle East potentates who espouse benighted values.

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Stranger Danger and Guns

    Earlier this month, my iPhone vanished.

    I looked up its location on an app called Find My Friends that my wife and I use, and I had a shock: The app said my phone was in a house 15 miles away, in a neighborhood that I'd never visited.

    I drove there. It was night. The house looked creepy.

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