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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Immigrants of color succeed through determination

OPINION: A student of current events likely is pessimistic about the prospects for young black men

In some quarters of black America, the achievements of students such as Kwasi Enin and Harold Ekeh don’t bring the same measure of pride and celebration that would accrue if they did not have immigrant roots.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: The homeless man working in the Senate

OPINION: Senate cafeteria worker has not had a fixed address in five years

In the basement of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, 63-year-old Charles Gladden works alongside some of the nation’s most powerful people. Unbeknown to any of these bigwigs, or even to his employer, Gladden is homeless. He works in the Senate cafeteria, and he has not had a fixed address for the past five years.

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CAL THOMAS: Was sacrifice of Ramadi dead in vain?

OPINION: Remark by Gen. Dempsey a new low that leaves dead soldiers and memories of them behind

During the counterinsurgency campaign in Anbar province between April 2004 and September 2007, 1,335 Americans and nearly 9,000 Iraqis died in the battle for Fallujah and Ramadi. Perhaps Gen. Dempsey should have told them in advance that their sacrifice would not be worth it. Their lives might have been spared.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Why one oustanding candidate isn't running for president

OPINION: It is with heavy heart that I announce I will not be a candidate for president

In my administration, school teachers would be paid what wide receivers in the National Football League get paid and wide receivers would get half a school teacher’s salary, which is a good bit more than they are worth.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Challenging the prevailing culture

OPINION: A closer look at The Road to Character

With his new book, “The Road to Character,” David Brooks — New York Times columnist, PBS “NewsHour” commentator, and serial mensch — emerges as a countercultural leader.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Passing the buck, hurting the poor

OPINION: Proposals to cap or block-grant funds for safety-net programs have been kicked around since the 1970s

Limiting federal funding on Medicaid spending would indisputably accomplish one objective: Limiting federal funding on Medicaid spending. But that’s it. It won’t make the growing costs of the program magically disappear.

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DANNY TYREE: Mind your own biscuits, up to a point

OPINION: Following your arrow/dream/urges is a bedrock part of America

Last year I wanted to smack myself for missing the chance to write about the Kacey Musgraves country song “Follow Your Arrow.” Luckily, Musgraves has now released the similarly themed “(Mind Your Own) Biscuits.”

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: The dogs of war are howling again

OPINION: How did we forget so quickly?

The political elite, both Republican and Democratic, has arrived at the conclusion that President Obama’s foreign policy has been weak and feckless, contributing to the tumult in the Middle East.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Hillary Clinton for America?

OPINION: Basically handed a Senate seat, she has accomplished nothing

She’s the Democrats’ default presidential nominee, the Entitled One, but she’s a lightweight on every scale.

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Queen Hillary travels by van

Hillary is a stationary target. You know what you’re getting. She has her weaknesses: She’s not a great campaigner, she has that unshakable inauthenticity problem and, regarding the quality most important to getting elected, she is barely, in the merciless phrase of candidate Obama in 2008, “likable enough.”

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MICHAEL GERSON: Desperately chasing a legacy

OPINION: The Obama administration seems so anxious to score political points that it cannot act with restraint

The Obama administration’s high-profile announcement of an embryonic nuclear deal has already had the practical effect of undermining the isolation of Iran

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BOB KORNEGAY: High Country Allure in the mountains

Outdoors: Sometimes we yearn for places the farther the better

Outdoorsmen (and women) love mountains because in many ways one is simply more “outdoors” in the mountains than he is in any other place on earth.

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CAL THOMAS: 'Little Boy' could be a classic modern film

OPINION: The film is set in a Southern California town during World War II

The film draws on themes embedded deep within America’s DNA, but scorned by much of modern culture: patriotism, freedom, faith, forgiveness and reconciliation.

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DICK YARBROUGH: A tribute to good people doing good things

OPINION: The Georgia Mountain Food Bank is no small operation

Sometimes we forget that there are a lot of good people on this earth doing good things.

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TOM PURCELL: Oh, for those less taxing days gone by

OPINION: Even average Joes got breaks when filing income taxes in the 1950s

My father had his fair share of simple deductions in 1959, which helped offset his federal taxes. That helped him keep his total federal tax tab at a measly 5 percent. Better yet, his tax form was one sheet of paper printed on both sides. He had no calculator, nor did he need one.


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