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CAL THOMAS: Obama keeps his promises on carbon

OPINION: The goal of the president to bankrupt the coal industry has never waned

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has refused to release the “secret science” her agency used when drafting the new regulations. This “most transparent administration in U.S. history” has now added to the secret side deals with Iran, secret scientific “evidence,” which may not be evidence at all.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Joe Biden may find negatives of presidential race hard to overcome

OPINION: Team Biden weighing arguments for and against White House run

A decision should be reached by fall on whether Vice President Joe Biden will make a bid for the White House.

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BYRON YORK: Trumpless 'kids'' debate may be good opportunity for participants

OPINION: Those in 2nd tier forum won't have to worry about it being 'The Donald Trump Show'

For the low-ranking hopefuls who take part, the 5 p.m. debate Thursday might turn out to be as big an opportunity to move ahead as the first-tier Republican presidential candidates’ faceoff scheduled for prime time.

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MICHAEL GERSON: A great deal -- for Iran

OPINION: The Iran deal may be the least-worst agreement, but it will fund Iranian imperialism

The agreement legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, pretty much guarantees its ability to produce nuclear weapons in 15 years, and will make it a far wealthier country, one that can gain permanent access to markets and buy Russian weapons to challenge U.S. access to the Persian Gulf.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: In the business world, diversity pays

OPINION: Having different perspectives on hand can add value

The potential for market blind spots, and not do-gooder-ness, is the real reason companies need to start investing in workforce diversity.

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WILL DURST: Handicapping the GOP debates

OPINION: The morning line on the likely qualifiers

In an attempt to winnow the enormous aggregate down to a manageable number, Fox News, host of the big first GOP presidential nomination debate, has declared only the top ten in an average of recent polls will be allowed to participate.

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KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Every life matters

OPINION: This is a social problem just much as it is an individual one

The idea that more attention is paid to the plight of a single animal than to large numbers of people rang true in the new stories that focused on the killing of Cecil the lion and Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling of aborted fetuses.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Dumb as Trump

OPINION: Huckabee and Perry make outrageous statements

Mike Huckebee and Rick Perry are supposed to be serious candidates for the Republican nomination for president. Yet last week, they each said something dumb as Trump.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Police must be held to a higher standard

OPINION: Video footage offers proof of violent tendancies

Police officers should be held to a higher standard of conduct. And if they behave like murderous thugs, they should be treated as such.

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MICHAEL GERSON: A Trump-led GOP would deserve to lose

OPINION: 'Doubling down' is the trademarked motto of the 2016 campaign

American elections have never been a stroll in the park. But attempting to put Trump’s hot mess of abuse, pettiness, egotism and bombast in any historical context is difficult.

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CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Among the ruins, a case of righteousness

OPINION: Middle Eastern Christians diminishing

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam’s by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how precarious their existence in 90 percent Muslim Egypt remains.

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DICK YARBROUGH: How to be a liberal in one angry letter

OPINION: It is going to be interesting to see how liberals will react to the news that I have been outed

I have a feeling liberals won’t accept me as one of their own because I don’t drink chardonnay and I refuse to watch any movie with Sean Penn in it.

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DANNY TYREE: Has your car been cyber-attacked yet?

OPINION: All consumers can do is scour used-car lots for low-tech vehicles

“Wired” magazine assigned two security experts to attempt hacking into the “brain” of a Jeep Cherokee. Working from home, they were able to control the stereo, air conditioner, transmission and brakes of the vehicle, while the driver struggled to remain in charge.

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CAL THOMAS: Debates vs. debates

OPINION: Next week's GOP presidential candidates debate more likely to be collection of rehearsed sound bites

Next week, 10 Republican presidential candidates will gather on a stage in Cleveland, Ohio, behind podiums like “Jeopardy” contestants. With so many candidates having so little time, little useful information will be dispensed.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: A job government does better

OPINION: Outsourcing tax collection activities twice before has been disasters

Privatizing delinquent tax collections led to complaints from taxpayers who got harassed and bullied by an industry known for rampant harassment and bullying. From a fiscal responsibility perspective, both times the program was scrapped because it actually cost taxpayers more money.

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