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T. GAMBLE: Still looking down the lonely driveway

OPINION: Her rational mind knows to look each day is folly, but the heart is not rational

Each day she peered down at that country two-laned road. Each day, just like the last, she imagined she’d see him round the curve, slow down, and turn into the drive. And, each day now for over 4,000 days, he did no such thing. … It would not be the way this story ends. She’d already heard the ending.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Shut off from the boss

OPINION: Can men and women ever just be colleagues?

The publication National Journal anonymously surveyed female congressional staffers on what it’s like to be a woman on the Hill, seeking out the good, bad and ugly. Alas, there was more than enough ugly to go around.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Sorry, dudes, time waits for no one

OPINION: Karma lurks for those who belittle others

“Old” may be a state of mind, but it’s also a state of being.

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MICHAEL GERSON: War lessons for the Republicans

OPINION: A GOP nominee will need to demonstrate lessons learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Republican candidates should set the bar for intervention high, but they also need to describe how they would return to the strategic offensive within the boundaries of this recognition. The alternative to invasion and occupation is not retreat.

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CAL THOMAS: What makes a 'journalist' an actual journalist?

OPINION: Americans’ trust in mass media has generally been edging downward

The rules of the road to journalistic success have changed dramatically, as has the definition of journalist. Today, one can self-identify as a journalist without any background or experience.

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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' packs furious feminist punch

FILM COMMENTARY: Mad Max update sets bar for franchise sequels this summer

Starring Tom Hardy as the title character and introducing Charlize Theron as one-armed warrior woman Furiosa, the latest installment in director George Miller’s game-changing action series is every bit as innovative and wild as the original “Mad Max” in 1979.

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LORAN SMITH: Time spent on the river is the best of times

FEATURES COLUMN: Jimmy Harris a gentleman of the river

When you meet a man on the river, more than likely you can expect that you are being introduced to a gentleman. There are exceptions, I am sure, but the Chattahoochee, in my experience, doesn’t attract any fishermen with a dark side bent.

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RONDA RICH: Enough to bury me

THE DIXIE DIVA: My people spent their lives toiling, looking forward to heavenly rest

When someone died in our church or community, two questions would always be asked. First came, “What ‘kilt’ him?” and then, “Did he have enough to bury him?”

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JOE GANDELMAN: Uncertain times in and out of San Diego

OPINION: The 21st century not shaping up to be our finest

This is part of our century’s motif: Uncertainty, and likelihood that former “givens” will be subtracted from daily life. It looks like we’re heading into a bittersweet, turbulent and perhaps in some ways terrifying era.

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WILL DURST: Top 11 reasons being president is cool

OPINION: Presidential campaign announcement season is in full swing

Why would anyone want to go through the stress of running for president of the United States? I’m glad you asked …

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Mass incarceration exacts heavy cost

OPINION: No one knows for sure why crime is down and keeps falling

The misnamed War on Drugs has probably done more to exacerbate black poverty and destroy black families than any other force of the last 50 years.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: How to escape poverty in Baltimore and Kenya

OPINION: An education, not a handout, is what is needed

Books and pencils, not money. That’s how you truly escape poverty. American liberals still don’t understand that simple concept, but millions of poor people living in the sprawling slums of Nairobi do.

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BARRY LEVINE: Change title to 'Let's Get Physicals'

OLD ROCKER: Alter songs to make lyrics suitable to older generation

Now that I have had a birthday cake with 70 candles — that’s right, 70 — on it, the time has come to rename some of my favorite rock songs to make them more suitable to somebody in my age bracket.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs

OPINION: The scientific consensus is that genetically modified organisms are safe to consume

The National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the World Health Organization have concluded that GMOs are safe to eat. This scientific consensus is at least as strong as the one on human-caused climate change.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Trade fight gets personal

OPINION: Trade deal splits president and Democratic lawmakers

For months the Democrats’ fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal relied on abstract scaremongering. Then populists began turning to contorted procedural objections. Now, apparently, President Obama is not just undemocratic; he’s a bigot, too.

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