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CAL THOMAS: Repeating myself on Iran nukes

OPINION: U.S. and Iran negotiators are repeating themselves, so why cant I?

I have yet to hear from a U.S. government official why anyone can trust an Iranian regime whose dictatorship kills its own people, conducts secret trials, and openly and proudly states its god wishes everyone who disagrees with its version of Islam eliminated from the planet.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Euros of mass destruction

OPINION: Europe had a dream of neighborliness that has turned to a nightmare of debt

Establishing a common currency was meant to facilitate the cross-border flow of goods, services, people and capital, and thus bond disparate countries through the mutual benefits of trade. But, unfortunately, such numismatic gymnastics made little sense given Europe’s fractured cultural and regulatory landscape.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Religious and gay rights must coexist

OPINION: The most significant strategy shift was gays embracing the conventional, bourgeois practice of marriage

Many gay rights advocates essentially made conservative arguments — concerning the individual and social benefits of faithfulness — to secure their legal goal. It is a form of gay rights that Middle America — already inclined to live and let live — could readily embrace.

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BYRON YORK: GOP searches for strategy to counter Obama's winning streak

OPINION: President Obama rolls off series of late-term political victories

Republicans need to find a way to stop the momentum if they don’t want a Democrat to roll into the White House in the 2016 elections, but they haven’t come up with a strategy.

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CAL THOMAS: The pope, the globe and the facts

OPINION: Many embarrassingly wrong predictions have been made about global warming

Pope Francis accepts as a matter of scientific doctrine that the Earth is warming and that humans are responsible for it. Yet near the end of the encyclical, he confesses that “the Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics.” Which is it?

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: The dramatic irony of Greece

OPINION: About half of Greek bank loans are now nonperforming

It’s hard to watch the ongoing, can-kicking Greek debt tragedy and not know deep down how it will end: Despite optimistic denials by our obstinate protagonists, a default of some kind is inevitable. The question is when and how orderly it will be.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Denial not an option in climate change fight

OPINION: If climate change is a global threat, addressing it is both a moral and public requirement

There is no getting around the fact that Francis regards potentially catastrophic, human-caused global warming as a fact. In American politics, the pope’s encyclical has not made legislative action on climate change inevitable; but it has made the issue unavoidable. The politician’s shrug, “I’m no scientist,” is no longer acceptable

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: One image, two symbols

OPINION: The reactions to the flag and weapon accused killer Dylann Roof held have been different

There has been little talk of gun control in the wake of the South Carolina church murders, but there has been a great deal of action against the Confederate battle flag.

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DANNY TYREE: Jobseekers, beware of personality tests

OPINION: HR departments have started new mind games

In hopes of reducing worker turnover and increasing productivity, Human Resources (HR) departments are rushing to embrace a new generation of personality tests.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Five young men define a successful life

OPINION: Grandsons show Rob Neely, when it was all said and done, got it right

At Rob Neely’s service, his five grandsons reminisced about what made their grandfather special to them. They didn’t mention plaques or awards or pictures with important people or political influence or high profiles or any of the kinds of things that have tended to be my definition of success.

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BYRON YORK: Benghazi investigators ponder who lied

OPINION: Either the State Department or Hillary Clinton was untruthful about her emails

The question has become whether the State Department or now presidential candidate Hillary CLinton withheld information from Congress regarding her emails while she was serving as secretary of state.

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RUTH MARCUS: Nearing end of his presidency, Obama finds candor

OPINION: President Obama agrees the job can be like middle management

In a podcast interview, President Obama says the “trajectory of progress” comes in fits and starts, and in much smaller degrees than proponents of change want.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The strength of love

OPINION: Many of us now feel awed and honored to share the same faith as these remarkable Christians

When many relatives of those cruelly murdered in Charleston — by a man who talked and prayed with his victims for an hour before systematically gunning them down — publicly offered their forgiveness, it was stunning and admirable in many ways.

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KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: The pope gets involved on responsibility and the environment

OPINION: We need to know what the choices are on our relationship with the environment

Pleading with humanity to examine what it is or may just be on the verge of doing to itself is not a new position for a pontiff. Nor is being criticized, rebuffed and dismissed for doing so.

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TOM PURCELL: Defaulting on personal responsibility

OPINION: Lee Siegel, in a New York Times op-ed piece, rationalizes why he defaulted on his student loans

Lee Siegel’s premise that he had to choose between being a writer and other vocations to pay off his loans is faulty. Writers, including greats like Faulkner, have almost always worked jobs they didn’t want, to pay the bills.

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