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TOM PURCELL: Hold your taters there, buddy

OPINION: For Thanksgiving, pass the civility

It’s bound to happen at Thanksgiving tables across America: A progressive liberal Democrat discovers he’s sitting next to a conservative Republican. There’s no need for mashed potatoes to fly.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Junior gets out his political crystal ball

OPINION: Is a Georgia politician destined for the White House in 2016?

Junior reminded me a couple of weeks ago that he was going to wait for everybody else to give you their two cents worth on the election results, and then he would come in with the numbers behind the numbers. I have no idea what that means. I assume Junior does.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Leaving the harder path

OPINION: President Obama gives up on politics with power play

Obama has now officially abandoned the harder path — not because the issues surrounding immigration will never be resolved (a case no one has adequately made) but because he wants to be the president to resolve them.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Taxes and trade are the test

OPINION: Economic news from Japan and Europe is not good

The U.S. corporate rate, 35 percent, encourages businesses to move overseas and protect their profits from U.S. tax collectors; more than $2 trillion is stashed abroad, according to independent research firm Capital Economics.

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CAL THOMAS: Teaching hatred

OPINION: Palestinian leaders condemn Israeli murders, yet continue to teach hatred of Jews

The murder on Tuesday of five people and the serious wounding of several others while they were praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is only the latest in a continuing pattern of violence and hatred directed against Israel and the Jewish people.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Living with Obamacare

OPINION: When will Republicans accept the Affordable care Act?

Another year, another enrollment period and another series of Republican efforts to repeal, defund or otherwise dismantle the Affordable Care Act. So when will the GOP learn to stop worrying and love Obamacare?

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MICHAEL GERSON: The pope's human touch

OPINION: Pope Francis confuses Catholics about marriage

Francis is cultivating debate within the church about an essential social institution — and the value of relationships outside it — even as that institution is under assault by the world (at least in parts of the world where the sexual revolution continues its relentless march). In the middle of an important cultural conflict, Francis sounds an uncertain trumpet.

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TOM PURCELL: Smokers become social pariahs

OPINION: Once fashionable, smoking is now seen as vile and ugly

I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope, at least for those who prefer something other than tobacco.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Millennial spendthrifts? Not so

OPINION: Negative savings is not unusual for a young generation

If you look at all of Moody’s data, going back several decades, you’ll notice that young people almost always have had a negative savings rate, with “dissavings” for earlier generations of youth far worse than that among today’s supposedly irresponsible millennials.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Climate change is the most pressing issue

OPINION: Last week, Obama sealed a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping to limit carbon dioxide

President Obama’s focus on climate change may be the most important part of his legacy. There is no issue more crucial to the future of the United States — indeed, to the future of the planet — than ameliorating rising global temperatures.

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DICK YARBROUGH: This is one terrorst who deserves our thanks

OPINION: This kindhearted, compassionate soul was once a trained saboteur

Frank Gleason is an elfin man in his 90s with a perpetual twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face; a man who laughs as hard at his own jokes as does his audience and who scolds me for what he sees as my misguided political views.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Regulations may be deciding elections

OPINION: Voter suppression efforts may have changed the outcomes of some of the closest races last week

The days of Jim Crow are officially over, but poll-tax equivalents are newly thriving, through restrictive voter registration and ID requirements, shorter poll hours and various other restrictions and red tape that cost Americans time and money if they wish to cast a ballot.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Ohio Gov. John Kasich ends up in national spotlight

OPINION: Governor says politics should not be a wrestling match

Ohion Gov. John Kasich is an exuberantly orthodox free marketeer who has balanced budgets, reduced business regulations, privatized government services and placed a relentless emphasis on job creation. “Let me be clear,” he told me. “Unless you build a strong economy, nothing else works.”

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BYRON YORK: A cautionary tale of JFK's courier

OPINION: Washington Post Editor ben Bradlee leaves a mixed legacy

While Ben Bradlee developed an iconic reputation during the Nixon administration, his relationship with John F. Kennedy was cozy and crossed journalistic lines.

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TOM PURCELL: Braving a hurricane for a fallen comrade

OPINION: Not even Hurricane Isabel could deter sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknowns

I”m confident America’s best is yet ahead. I believe this because virtue still lives in America. Honor, sacrifice and duty are still alive and well.

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