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MICHAEL GERSON: A great deal - - for Iran

OPINION: The Iran deal may be the least-worst agreement, but it will fund Iranian imperialism

The agreement legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, pretty much guarantees its ability to produce nuclear weapons in 15 years, and will make it a far wealthier country, one that can gain permanent access to markets and buy Russian weapons to challenge U.S. access to the Persian Gulf.

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KEVIN SPROUL: Managing the Dougherty County Jail after hours

SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Watch commanders and their assistants shoulder a great deal of responsibility

With 15 housing units and a capacity to hold more than 1,200 inmates, managing the Dougherty County Jail is a big resposnibility.

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RONDA RICH: The preacher and his kindness

THE DIXIE DIVA: We can be blessings in meaningful ways

We all look around for those who are homeless, without food or children in need of Christmas, but often we overlook others who can afford shelter, food and clothing yet have other problems. We tend not to think of them in need so we don’t reach out to help.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: The amazing river birch

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

While its native habitat is a wet, lower environment, the river birch will grow on higher elevations. Its bark is very distinctive, thus making it a favored ornamental tree for landscape uses.

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JULIE WELLS: Raisin apple oatmeal a quick, hearty breakfast for school days

THE RECIPE BOX: Raisin Apple Oatmeal

I can’t recall too many times in my life that I’d walk into the pantry at my grandparents house and didn’t see a box of Quaker Oats Oatmeal.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: In the business world, diversity pays

OPINION: Having different perspectives on hand can add value

The potential for market blind spots, and not do-gooder-ness, is the real reason companies need to start investing in workforce diversity.

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WILL DURST: Handicapping the GOP debates

OPINION: The morning line on the likely qualifiers

In an attempt to winnow the enormous aggregate down to a manageable number, Fox News, host of the big first GOP presidential nomination debate, has declared only the top ten in an average of recent polls will be allowed to participate.

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Squawk of the Day - Aug. 4, 2015

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KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Every life matters

OPINION: This is a social problem just much as it is an individual one

The idea that more attention is paid to the plight of a single animal than to large numbers of people rang true in the new stories that focused on the killing of Cecil the lion and Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling of aborted fetuses.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Dumb as Trump

OPINION: Huckabee and Perry make outrageous statements

Mike Huckebee and Rick Perry are supposed to be serious candidates for the Republican nomination for president. Yet last week, they each said something dumb as Trump.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Police must be held to a higher standard

OPINION: Video footage offers proof of violent tendancies

Police officers should be held to a higher standard of conduct. And if they behave like murderous thugs, they should be treated as such.

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Thumbs Up! Aug. 3, 2015

EDITORIAL: Good news to start the week

Thumbs Up! is a weekly editorial focusing on the positive news from Albany and Southwest Georgia.

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Squawk of the Day - Aug. 3, 2015

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BARRY LEVINE: Old Rocker: Aug. 2, 2015

OLD ROCKER: Mammals, bird, reptiles, insects have their day on charts

Of all the words in the titles of rock ‘n’ roll songs during the modern era’s first decade, most were focused on love and relationships and good times. On the opposite end, few titles referred to mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

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