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OPINION: ISIS is unlike anything the world has seen since the Nazis

The big difference been the Nazis and ISIS is that Nazis tried to hide (or at least publicly downplay) their inhumanity.

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BYRON YORK: If Democrats lose Senate control, will they still oppose filibuster?

OPINION: If Republicans were to gain Senate control, its unlikely they would get a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority

Ii Democrats become the minority, look for them to rely on the 60-vote threshold to stop a lot of Republican legislation. Look for Republicans to criticize them for it. And then look for both sides to bide their time.

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MICHAEL GERSON: President Obama's careful war

OPINION: It's reasonable to question Obama's enthusiasm for a series of options he previously ignored, dismissed or even mocked

President Obama’s newly announced policy consists mainly of previously discarded policies that would have been easier to pursue in the past: Supporting moderate rebels in Syria. Asserting executive authority to bomb on both sides of the border. Actively cooperating with Iraqi and Kurdish forces to build their capacity.

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E.J. DIONNE: New politics of foreign policy

OPINION: President Obama is pushing a tough-minded multilateralism

Two things are clear about where the public stands now: It is more ready to use U.S. power than it was even a few months ago. But it remains deeply wary of again committing U.S. combat troops to the Middle East.

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CAL THOMAS: The sacking of Ray Rice

OPINION: There is no excuse other than legitimate life-preserving self-defense for a man becoming physically violent towards a woman

If the NFL wants to help itself in this area more, women should be put in positions of power where they could not only provide a useful check on players, but on the predominately male management that has for too long made excuses for outrageous and even criminal behavior.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Carrying the fight to the enemy

OPINION: President Obama is more likely to change his policy than his rhetoric

America has found that this ideological, political and military struggle continues, whether we participate or not. And periods of our inattention are periods of our enemy’s growth and success.

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E.J. DIONNE: When moderates fight back

OPINION: Moderate Republicans fuel independent challenges in Kansas and Alaska

The Republican establishment may have overcome many tea party challenges this year, but it is increasingly captive of the right wing.

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TOM PURCELL: Hovering over college kids

OPINION: Semester starts with helicopter parents in full flight

Ironically, the parents who are hovering over their children now grew up two or three decades ago under parents who raised them in an opposite manner.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Louisiana ruling bump in road to marriage equality

OPINION: The federal judges ruling is the first setback for gay marriage among the recent court decisions

Before the ruling in the Louisiana case, 21 consecutive federal court rulings found state same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Make a decision, Mr. President

OPINION: President Obama should act in some way on ISIS

Consider the intel on ISIS. Weigh the options. Measure the risks. Then do what you think is smart and right and in our country’s interests.

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JOE GANDELMAN: The right of a child to fire an Uzi

OPINION: Gun tragedy is a sign of the times

America’s gun culture — a culture in place in various incarnations for a long time — has now changed drastically from what it was just 20 years ago.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Response feeble to Ebola outbreak

OPINION: A human catastrophe looms is stronger action is not taken

In Liberia, the rate of new infections has probably already moved from a linear to an exponential curve. If not checked, it may pose a global health threat.

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E.J. DIONNE: President Obama beyond the sound bite

OPINION: The president is working to build a broad coalition to roll back the Islamic State

In contemplating Obama’s foreign policy, Mark Twain’s reference to Richard Wagner’s music — it’s “better than it sounds” — comes to mind. His policy is better than he has articulated it, and it’s certainly better than his remark about strategy.

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CAL THOMAS: Hong Kong -- One country, one system

OPINION: Not surprisingly, China lied about freedoms promised to Hong Kong

China has been slowly eroding freedoms in Hong Kong, but its latest move takes a bigget bite.

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KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Aware in the face of evil

OPINION: For evil to thrive, good people only have to do nothing

The beheading of James Foley requires Americans to take notice of ISIL. Will we never again be silent as evil is happening? Or will we be complicit by our silence?


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