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DICK YARBROUGH: Great-grandson's enthusiasm a reminder of why teachers matter

OPINION: We want to ignore the fact that public schools are a reflection of society

Education is about two things and two things only: The student and those given the responsibility to teach them. Everything else should be in a support role to make that interaction as effective as possible. Nothing more.

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DANNY TYREE: A dozen thoughts about Labor Day

OPINION: Summer gets closure twice for some reason

Local schools started in early August, I haven’t checked in on the MDA Telethon since Jerry Lewis was ousted as host and my family has no particular Labor Day traditions; but I do find myself pondering the holiday that salutes the accomplishments of America’s workers.

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WILL DURST: The upside of long campaigns

OPINION: Presidential hopeful have time to find ways to highlight -- or lowlight -- their positions

The 18 month, 24/7 campaigning is illuminating, illustrative and lucrative for just about everyone. Comedians and the blogosphere. Pundits and pharmaceutical salesmen. Bumper sticker manufacturers. Character assassinators. Bartenders. East Chinese shrimp farmers. Pollsters and soothsayers.

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EUGENE ROBINSON: Donald Trump takes a practical loyalty pledge

OPINION: Trump’s rise has been a remarkable political phenomenon

Donald Trump’s decision to sign a GOP loyalty oath — pledging to support the party’s eventual nominee, even if it’s someone else — was more practical than partisan.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Trump delcares war on demography

OPINION: GOP frontrunner is all about himself

The Trump campaign is emphatically about Trump, in a manner typical of populism from Huey Long to Hugo Chavez.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: New York City in a bizarre uproar over topless women

OPINION: Women losing shirts in public has city losing its collective mind

Unorthodox though their wardrobe choices may be, these women are on the right side of the law. More than two decades ago, the state’s highest court ruled that prohibiting women, but not men, from baring their chests in public amounted to discrimination on the basis of sex.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Social media feed violence by narcissists

OPINION: We watched, so the Virginia shooter got just what he wanted

Between 1966 and 2012, there were 90 mass shootings in the United States. That’s nearly a third of the 292 mass shootings around the world, in a country with only 5 percent of the global population.

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CAL THOMAS: U.S., UK politics mirror images

OPINION: Often, only the accents are different

The decline in the number of congressional Democrats since 2009 provides an opportunity for Republicans to convince a majority of voters not to continue down the road that has led to decline and dysfunction at home and overseas.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Gov. Deal's communications director ready to try it on his own

OPINION: Being communications chief for a governor is a high-wire act without a net

Unless you are one of the intrepid public servants we keep sending back to the Gold Dome to get you out of our hair, or a lizard-loafered lobbyist lurking around the Capitol with free lunch coupons or members of the news media with coffee stains on their shirts and cynicism in their hearts, the name Brian Robinson may be unfamiliar to you.

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GEORGE WILL: Donald Trump defines down the GOP

OPINION: Trump proposes to deport illegal immigrants and their children born in the U.S.

It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings.

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BYRON YORK: Sen. Cuz rising in GOP candidate ranks

OPINION: Ted Cruz has the right enemies for a significant part of the GOP base

All the things that have made many Republicans in Washington dislike Ted Cruz just make a certain type of GOP voter like him even more.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: The 2016 field is full of deadbeats

OPINION: I don’t know whether their problem is cultural or biological

These people refuse to acknowledge any bad decisions they have ever made, or the many times others have bailed them out. They want everyone else to pay for their failures, and sometimes even their successes.

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TOM PURCELL: Facebook fatigue

OPINION: I am becoming my father

Recent reports suggest that people are tiring of technology-enabled social networking.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Just worry about the kids

OPINION: Katrina slammed into New Orleans Aug. 23, 2005

Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans, breaking the levees and damaging or destroying almost all of the city’s already dilapidated and disgraceful public schools. The experiment in education that followed has sparked a fierce national debate, pitting advocates of independent charter schools against supporters of the traditional, central office-run system.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Republicans still pander to worst instincts of voters

OPINION: GOP presidential candidates alienating Latinos with rhetoric

As much as the Republican establishment has wished that Donald Trump would disappear, it ought to be quite clear to them by now that the problem isn’t The Donald. It’s the Trump phenomenon.

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