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WILL DURST: Top 11 reasons being president is cool

OPINION: Presidential campaign announcement season is in full swing

Why would anyone want to go through the stress of running for president of the United States? I’m glad you asked …

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Mass incarceration exacts heavy cost

OPINION: No one knows for sure why crime is down and keeps falling

The misnamed War on Drugs has probably done more to exacerbate black poverty and destroy black families than any other force of the last 50 years.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: How to escape poverty in Baltimore and Kenya

OPINION: An education, not a handout, is what is needed

Books and pencils, not money. That’s how you truly escape poverty. American liberals still don’t understand that simple concept, but millions of poor people living in the sprawling slums of Nairobi do.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs

OPINION: The scientific consensus is that genetically modified organisms are safe to consume

The National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the World Health Organization have concluded that GMOs are safe to eat. This scientific consensus is at least as strong as the one on human-caused climate change.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Trade fight gets personal

OPINION: Trade deal splits president and Democratic lawmakers

For months the Democrats’ fight over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal relied on abstract scaremongering. Then populists began turning to contorted procedural objections. Now, apparently, President Obama is not just undemocratic; he’s a bigot, too.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: The 'fear caucus' is wrong

OPINION: The politics of trade are muddled

The fascinating thing about the GOP’s Fear Caucus is that they are the first ones to proclaim the glories of “American Exceptionalism” and denounce Democrats like President Obama for insufficient pride in their country’s virtues. These scaredy-cats routinely brand liberals as part of a “Hate America First” crowd.

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DICK YARBROUGH: A thank you to Georgia's school teachers

OPINION: Congratulations on surviving another year in the classroo

As you take a moment to catch your breath and enjoy a brief respite before you start the process all over again, I hope you will reflect on the good you do; the impact you have on young people; your ability to make a difference. Yours isn’t a job. It is a calling.

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BYRON YORK: GOP 2016 crowd staying big

OPINION: The Republican field not likely to shrink anytime soon

Many of the at least 14 Republican hopefuls will have the wherewithal to run at least bare-bones campaigns for many months to come.

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CAL THOMAS: Baltimore's problem not rooted in police racism

OPINION: Failed liberal policies in Baltimore are the real culprit

It will come as no surprise if the Justice Department investigation concludes that the Baltimore Police Department is at fault because accusing the department of racism diverts attention from the city’s real problem: Baltimore, a laboratory for liberal policies, is a failed city that has shortchanged the poor for decades.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Seeking mutual respect amid conflict

OPINION: The war on terrorism cannot be won without Muslim allies

Under U.S. law, blasphemy is fully protected speech, precisely because there is no public orthodoxy. Religious people of all backgrounds should recognize that this legal neutrality on religion has produced a society remarkably amenable to religion.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Spending that pays for itself

OPINION: Across-the-board cuts is not a smart way to run a business, or a government

Seemingly every presidential election cycle, at least one candidate pledges to use his or her C-suite bona fides to whip the feds into shape. Specifically, to “run government like a business.”

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TOM PURCELL: Where's Dad?

OPINION: Fathers were not considered buffoons when I was a young boy in the 1970s.

I didn’t know it when I was young, but I was one of the luckiest young men on the planet. I had a father who loved me and imposed his will on me.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Band-aid solutions for homeless Senate worker

OPINION: Messages pour in with offiers of help

In short, he has received all sorts of support, both of the moral and monetary persuasion, and the generosity has been truly heartwarming. But he is also mindful that these one-time gifts are, in his words, “just a Band-Aid.”

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Ben Carson in danger of losing all respect

OPINION: Politics may overwhelm his other accomplishments

Ben Carson will likely be remembered as the GOP’s latest black mascot, a court jester, a minstrel show. He’ll be the Herman Cain of 2016.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: The Why Not Me election

OPINION: Fence-sitters encouraged to run for office

As more candidates declare for president — three Republicans joined the fray just this week — they encourage the remaining fence-sitters to take a run more seriously.

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