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September 18th, 2014

Reality impinges on Obama's Middle East strategy

    The strategy President Obama has laid out to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the new Middle East terrorist peril reveals him as a man divided between combating the immediate threat and persevering in his determination get this country of "a perpetual war footing."

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NFL Stands By Its Leader

    In 2006, the year that Roger Goodell was named commissioner of the NFL, the Washington Redskins were the most valuable team in football, according to Forbes magazine, with a valuation of $1.4 billion. Washington's revenue that year was $303 million, with profits of more than $108 million. In second place came the New England Patriots, valued by Forbes at $1.18 billion, followed by the Dallas Cowboys at $1.17 billion.

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Janay Rice's pain may help other women escape domestic violence

    Does seeing the punch to Janay Rice's face matter? Oh, yes, said domestic violence advocates, who think that the elevator video has the power to change everything.

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It Takes a Mentor

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Candidates Playing Possum

    Election season! Tension mounts! Longtime public servants are aware that the least little slip and they could be out the door. Forced, like ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, to labor in the sweatshops of the investment banking industry.

    With $1.4 million in signing bonuses. Do you think that's why he quit the House early, people? I totally believed he just wanted to give his successor a head start.

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A Wise Man Sometimes Changes His Mind

    Another one of those old sayings frequently mentioned that I grew up in the South with is "A wise man sometimes changes his mind; a fool never does." I place President Obama in that first part by his postponing action on the immigration situation. It is time to give this man some leeway.

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What the world thinks of Obama's plan to fight the Islamic State

    On Wednesday evening, just before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that have shaped modern American history, President  Barack Obama gave a speech that outlined a plan for fighting the Islamic State extremist group.

    Polls appear to show that the majority of Americans would generally support America's plan to further the fight against Islamic State extremists in Iraq, and perhaps even Syria.

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The wrong lessons from the next war

    Whether President Barack Obama's plan to combat the Islamic State actually degrades and destroys the organization may take years to determine, but the debate in the coming weeks over that policy will tell us whether America can have a public discussion about the use of military power during a time of high anxiety.

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The new politics of foreign policy

    Over the last decade, the views of Americans on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation's power or a catastrophic mistake.

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The Inflation Cult

    Wish I'd said that! Earlier this week, Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica, writing on The Times' DealBook blog, compared people who keep predicting runaway inflation to "true believers whose faith in a predicted apocalypse persists even after it fails to materialize." Indeed.

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