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February 12th, 2015

A Democratic split over foreign policy

    For more than two years, a breach has been opening between President Obama and the foreign policy establishment of the Democratic Party. Last week, as Russia pressed a new offensive in Ukraine and the Senate debated sanctions on Iran, it cracked open a little wider.

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The Long-Run Cop-Out

    On Monday, President Barack Obama will call for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few years. He won't get all he's asking for, but it's a move in the right direction. And it also marks a welcome shift in the discourse. Maybe Washington is starting to get over its narrow-minded, irresponsible obsession with long-run problems and will finally take on the hard issue of short-run gratification instead.

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A Future Segregated by Science?

    Let me say up front: I'm not a science guy.

    I have always loved science, but I have always loved the arts - drawing, painting and, yes, writing - more.

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February 5th

Netanyahu joins Republican Party

    It should never cease to amaze us when smart people do dumb things. But one of the dumbest we've seen in a long time is Speaker John Boehner's inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a Joint Session of Congress and publicly disagree with President Obama on Iran. It was dumb of Boehner to extend the invitation, and even dumber for Netanyahu to accept.

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Dartmouth's college try

    Dartmouth is giving drinking a new college try. That is, the drinking problem on its campus -- and, by the way, on almost every college campus across the country.

      The logical thinking of Dartmouth's mathematician president, Philip Hanlon, is that drinking -- specifically, drinking to health- and safety-threatening excess -- is not going to disappear.

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Crowded field seeks GOP nomination for 2016

    Never in memory have so many presidential hopefuls plunged this early before an election year into the money chase to put themselves on the path to the White House. And for whatever reason, all of them are Republicans.

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Absent from 'American Sniper': Political context of unnecessary war

    I finally went to see Clint Eastwood's Iraq war movie, "American Sniper," after a partisan culture war broke out around it. If we had debated with this much gusto before we invaded Iraq, there might not have been a war to make a movie about.

    That's what annoys me about the powerfully bracing movie that grossed more than $250 million in its first two weeks of worldwide release.

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The Vaccine Lunacy

    A few years back, an acerbic friend of mine who was a recent transplant to Los Angeles told me that she itched to write a satirical novel with the following narrative:

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Mitt's White Horse Pulls Up Lame

    When the Mitt Romney documentary premiered here at the Sundance Film Festival last year, one member of the audience was especially charmed by the candidate up on the screen.

    That guy is great, Mitt Romney thought to himself. That guy should be running for president.

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Heroes and Bystanders

    One of the great heroes of the 20th century was Auschwitz prisoner No. 4859, who volunteered to be there.

    Witold Pilecki, an officer in the Polish resistance to the Nazi regime, deliberately let himself be captured by the Germans in 1940 so that he could gather information about Hitler's concentration camps. Inside Auschwitz, he set up resistance cells - even as he almost died of starvation, torture and disease.

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