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HAL BRADY: What is Christmas all about?

FAITH: Christmas is about love being the solution

As someone suggested, “Charlie Brown isn’t the only one who asked, ‘what’s Christmas all about.” Real people also ask it.

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BYRON YORK: Obama action make illegal immigrants eligible for federal transfer programs

OPINION; Hundreds of thousands will be eligible for earned income or child tax credits

the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, and the Additional Child Tax Credit, or ACTC, are intended for low-income workers and provide what is known as refundable tax credits. That means they give workers a tax refund that is larger than their tax liability.

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MICHAEL GERSON: For a politics of repair

OPINION: The ending of the 113th Congress was instructive

As a trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill trundled into law, the populist wings of both political parties declared themselves both revolted and in revolt.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: TV falsely portrays torture

OPINION: Torture is not as effective as it is depicted to be on television dramas

Watch almost any popular American TV drama about spies, detectives and other affiliates of the long arm (or fist) of the law, and you might learn that torture is grisly and ghastly, sure. But you’d never know it was so frequently fruitless.

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TOM PURCELL: The downside to living alone

OPINION: The percentage of Americans living alone has grown from 5% to 27% in eight decades

Why are more people living alone? Because they want to. The more their economic means have allowed it, the more people have chosen to get their own digs. As someone who lives alone, I’m just not so sure this is a good thing.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Torture not only morally corrupting, but also ineffective

OPINION: Spy shows have Americans accepting of torture acts

It’s no wonder that so few Americans seem troubled by the Senate’s report on the CIA’s use of torture, a damning document that makes it perfectly clear that the United States violated international treaties, flouted our own laws and lost our moral compass.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: It's not about race

OPINION: Nothing was protested when three policemen got off the hook for killing Kelly Thomas

We have a serious law enforcement problem in America, but it’s not about race. It’s about bad cops and how we’ve built our policing system.

DICK YARBROUGH: Georgia Charter School Commission director says progress being made

OPINION: Fewer than half of the Georgia charter schools use management companies

My primary objection to the amendment was a concern that for-profit charter school management companies that had showered campaign dollars on our state’s politicians like talcum powder on a baby’s rump would get an unfair competitive advantage and elbow everybody else out of the game. To date, that has not happened.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The arrogance of liberal elites

OPINION: The problem for Democrats is Jonathan Gruber is not stupid

Jonathan Gruber recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The MIT economist played a significant paid role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act, and later admitted the law was written in a “tortured way” to hide tax increases and other flaws.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: The cycle of the taxi wars

OPINION: These kinds of battles have played out before

Deregulating the taxi industry? Been there, done that.

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MICHAEL GERSON: An act of exceptional recklessness

OPINION: Will a future president or Congress attack drone program?

With the apparently imminent release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let’s consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone strikes against terrorists, conducted in a variety of countries around the world.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Thinking about hunger, not school lessons

OPINION: In a land of plenty, no child should have to go hungry

The Christmas season seems to start earlier every year. Last month, a neighbor put up twinkling silver lights, and the day after Thanksgiving, we saw cars carrying trees on their roofs. So it’s not too early to make our annual appeal: This holiday season, give the gift of food. And health.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Two grand juries, same disappointment

OPINION: Deaths during arrests handled differently in NYC than in Ferguson

No expressions of sympathy or regret can resurrect Eric Garner, the New York City man killed by police in July. Garner died after an officer placed him in what appears to be a chokehold during an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, an offense not usually regarded as a capital crime.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Ferguson won't go away

OPINION: The facts don't matter much in the Michael Brown case

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” doesn’t accurately describe what really happened when Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Brown to death last summer.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Stuck in the 1950s

OPINION: At first blush, Harvard men look more chauvinistic than American men as a whole

Most men aspire to be egalitarian. They really do. It’s just that life — by which I mean employers, social pressures and tax policy — gets in the way.

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