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Monday 05/25/2015
Posted: May 25, 2015
Charles Krauthammer / Iraq questioners skip its collapse under Obama

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it's the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who's in charge - while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America's alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall.

Sunday 05/24/2015
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 10:13 am
Gabriel Roth / Amtrak's monopoly conflicts with safety

When you look at America's transportation network broadly, there can be little doubt that getting government out of the passenger train business would likely improve safety.

Posted: May 24, 2015
Leonard Pitts Jr. / Police brutality can't be fixed by minority self-improvement

Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

Posted: May 24, 2015
Dan K. Thomasson / Stephanopoulos breaks core rule of journalism

There's an old saying in journalism, at least among the pure of heart. It simply is that you can't sleep with the elephant if you are covering the circus.

Saturday 05/23/2015
Posted: May 23, 2015
Mark Buchanan / Is the world getting safer? Maybe not

Is the world getting more peaceful? Some academics think so. New research, though, suggests they might be getting their math wrong.

Friday 05/22/2015
Posted: May 22, 2015
George Will / The withering of the death penalty

Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away.

Thursday 05/21/2015
Posted: May 21, 2015
Summertime and the living isn't easy for area workers

Memorial Day ushers in the unofficial start of summer at the Jersey Shore. Fire up the BBQ. Get ready for beach concerts, beach bars and efforts to continue to increase nongaming revenue.

Wednesday 05/20/2015
Posted: May 20, 2015
Margaret Carlson / Extremes shouldn't control the abortion debate

"When does life begin?" Philosophers have been asking that question for centuries, along with poets, ethicists and physicians. So do today's politicians - and loudly. A few really are looking for answers. Most do it for votes. The grandstanding makes the lives of some women hell.

Posted: May 20, 2015
Megan McArdle / Cable news networks fear audiences will tune out

There's supposed to be an ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." Even if it's not ancient or Chinese, it captures a certain truth. World War II was riveting. The Black Death was so fascinating that no one could talk about anything else. On the other hand, GDP growing 3.5 percent and everyone raising contented families in spacious, airy homes with swell schools? Yawn.

Posted: May 20, 2015
Richard Cohen / Are the Castros willing to confess?

Who am I to tell the pope how to be, well ... the pope? But after President Raul Castro of Cuba, an observant communist for most of his life, said he was so impressed with Francis that he was considering returning to the Catholic Church, I would have liked for the pope to first have handed him a list of political prisoners, adding, "Free these people, and then we'll talk." If Francis said anything like that, it was in private. To borrow Marco Rubio's very good line about Raul's possible conversion, we await "a pretty long confessional."

Tuesday 05/19/2015
Posted: May 19, 2015
Carl P. Leubsdorf / Affordable Care Act is a sturdy 5-year-old

After a rough incubation, birth and infancy, the Affordable Care Act is a sturdy 5-year-old, showing increasing signs of achievement and acceptance. But growth could come to a sudden halt if the Supreme Court throws out the health-insurance subsidies for 8 million Americans.

Sunday 05/17/2015
Posted: May 17, 2015
Press of Atlantic City to modernize look and function with full redesign

The Press of Atlantic City, which is a sprightly 120 years old, hasn't had a makeover in many, many decades. Some of the elements we run daily have looked the same for so long that no one in the newsroom can remember how - or why - they appear in that format.

Posted: May 17, 2015
Myrna Perez and Karl Eggers / A breakthrough on restoring ex-con voting rights

The past few years have seen government consumed by hyper-partisanship and paralysis. From fights over the debt ceiling to immigration to election laws, lawmakers seem more concerned with one-upping the other side than helping their constituents. Americans are rightly fed up, but they should be encouraged by recent bipartisan momentum on criminal justice reform, which includes restoring voting rights to people with past criminal convictions.

Posted: May 17, 2015
George Will / Santorum: The return of the GOP's runner-up

A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012.

Posted: May 17, 2015
John R. Armstrong / New Jersey's Fair Housing Act is not fair

As mayor of a municipality that has been rocked by loss of jobs and real estate devaluation because of the implosion of the Atlantic City casino industry, I ask your assistance in an effort to amend New Jersey's Fair Housing Act.

Posted: May 17, 2015
Charles Krauthammer / Save Obama (on trade)

That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions - provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years.

Posted: May 17, 2015
Doyle McManus / A flock of GOP hawks try out their presidential wings

Nearly a dozen of the Republicans who are running for president spent last weekend in South Carolina talking about foreign policy, and to any viewer who stumbled across the event on C-SPAN, it sounded like a contest in ferocity.

Posted: May 17, 2015
Tim Searchinger and Lyndon Estes / Wasting the bounty of the warm, wet savanna

In recent years, as governments have begun to protect tropical forests because of the carbon they store, other vast tropical ecosystems have come under increasing threat. These are the wet savannas, which have a mix of grasses, trees and shrubs and receive enough rainfall to grow crops.

Saturday 05/16/2015
Posted: May 16, 2015
Justin Fox / Choosing sides in the war on sugar

The people at candy-maker Mars Inc. have something to tell you: Stop eating so much sugar! According to the Wall Street Journal, the manufacturer of M&Ms, Snickers and Twix has thrown its weight behind a Food and Drug Administration push to include measures of added sugar on food labels. Non-candy food manufacturers such as Campbell Soup oppose the change, but Mars figures that people already know their candy bars are full of sugar. The Journal reported:

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