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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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BYRON YORK: For Hillary Clinton, new Iraq war trap

OPINION: The decision to send 450 more troops to Iraq puts Clinton in a tough spot

When Clinton is asked about Iraq — and that might not be for a while, given her avoidance of the press and unscreened voters — it’s not hard to imagine her answering that the president is looking at all the intelligence, that he’s making a judgment based on that intelligence, and that she would have to know more to make an informed judgment herself.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Deceit by Rachel Dolezal reveals a valuable truth

OPINION: The case is a reminder that race is just a social construct

While institutional racism is the province of the powerful — and, in the United States, the powerful are still mostly white — discrimination based on difference is a human tradition, passed on from one generation to the next, among black families, brown families, tan families, pink families.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Jeb Bush gets 'Trumped'

OPINION: Bush is victim No. 1 as Donald Trump puts up his circus tent

The Donald wasted no time proving to everyone why he should not be president. He also proved why he’s going to spell trouble for the GOP primary process.

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MICHAEL GERSON: A campaign of bombast and ridicule

OPINION: Donald Trump refuses to be ignored

The whole process of applying political scrutiny to Trump is difficult, given his aversion to systematic political thought.

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TOM PURCELL: For Father's Day: Counting blessings

OPINION: Lately I've been overcome by strong feelings of nostalgia for my father

I am grateful for my good fortune. For reasons I can’t comprehend, God keeps blessing my family. My father is still here and doing well. And all of us are lottery winners.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Having to win the old-fashioned way

OPINION: The inevitability of a Jeb Bush nomination no longer looks inevitable

In national polls, Jeb Bush attracts only about 10 percent of GOP voters, putting him in a virtual tie with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. More damaging is a Monmouth University poll that finds Bush’s favorable rating dropping sharply since April, from 49 percent to 40 percent.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Father's Day a time to remember a special man

OPINION: There was not much gray area in the world of my father

I have attempted to emulate his example in my own role as a father, but he is a tough act to follow.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: America's hiring paralysis

OPINIONS: Companies say they are hiring, then drag their feet filling open positions

The average time for filling an open position is nearly four weeks now, an all-time high.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The 2016 presidential campaign season now truly under way

OPINION: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker take early GOP lead

The conventional wisdom about the three leading Republican candidates for the White House — Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker — is interesting for being mostly wrong.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Jeb Bush's recipe for a better America is more shame

OPINION: In his 21-year-old book, Jeb Bush advocated public shame, corporal punishment in schools

Whether Jeb Bush still advocates the art of public and private disapproval, his underlying philosophy is the same conservatives in power have demonstrated.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Republicans have boxed themselves into a corner on Obamacare

OPINION: GOP leaders now worried Supreme Court may gut Obamacare

If the high court rules in favor of conservatives who have challenged the health care law — essentially gutting it — millions of Americans will lose the subsidies that allow them to purchase health insurance. And they will be furious.

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BYRON YORK: Republican rivals see opportunity in Hillary Clinton's weakness

OPINION: The public's familiarity with Clinton is a two-edged sword

For Clinton to surpass 50 percent favorable, she will have to convince people who already know her, and who have probably known her for years, to change their opinion of her. Not an easy task.

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: A racing form for the GOP presidential candidates

OPINION: The increasingly crowded field separated by category

With 10 already in the race for the Republican presidential nomination and another six likely to jump in, it’s difficult for a voter to keep the cast straight.

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