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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Obama opponents still awaiting the apocalypse

OPINION: The Affordable Care Act has failed to produce the disaster its fiercest critics predicted

The worst failings of the Affordable Care Act are beyond its supporters’ control. Because of persistent, irrational Republican opposition, more than 20 states have refused to expand Medicaid — even though the feds would pay the lion’s share of costs

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DICK YARBROUGH: Georgia Education Reform Commission an opportunity to improve public education

OPINION: One issue of concerns is nobody seems to be talking much about parental involvement

The commission’s charge from the governor is to take a comprehensive look at the state’s public education system and the 30-year-old Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding formula and recommend improvements to both.

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CAL THOMAS: A better 2016 agenda

OPINION: What the establishment and the left really dislike about Ted Cruz is that he paints in bold colors

Here’s some advice, not only for Sen. Ted Cruz, but for the other would-be presidential candidates: Instead of nonstop attacks on President Obama, adopt a positive and future-oriented agenda.

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BYRON YORK: Does U.S. really need more foreign skilled workers?

OPINION: Some CEOs are using foreign workers as cheap substitutes for qualified U.S. workers

One expert argues that the supply of top-performing STEM graduates in the U.S. exceeds demand and that tech companies are using workers from other countries to drive down salaries. Only about 50 percent of U.S. STEM grads are finding jobs.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Sen. Cruz's war on the IRS irrational

OPINION: Abolishing the tax agency is a phenomenally bad idea

It’s not hard to understand why many Americans would celebrate the thought of ridding the country of the much-despised Internal Revenue Service. But someone has to collect the money that keeps government running.

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MICHAEL GERSON: How to block a bad deal with Iran

OPINION: As with any nuclear agreement, the devil is in the details

Many Republican senators are open to supporting a reasonable nuclear deal with Iran. But they have a series of reasonable concerns.

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WILL DURST: Get braced for Clinton vs. Bush II

OPINION: The White House could feature former first lady against brother and son of former presidents

The next presidential race could well be between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. That promises to be a fabulous development for comedians everywhere, precipitating the resurrection of all 1992 Bush/Clinton material. It’s the green thing to do.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: GOP candidates have promising future

OPINION: Republicans mixed on what they want in a presidential candidate

Republicans, according to a YouGov poll, either want politicians who plan to break their promises — or who perhaps knowingly promise silly things and then stand by them anyway, even when they believe doing so isn’t in the country’s best interest. We’re still sorting out which.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Hillary Clinton's Nixonian path to the White House

OPINION: Clinton is beatable, but the effort to label her as Nixonian will not do it

The effective kickoff of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was an act of deck clearing so breathtaking, so brazen, that it remains difficult to process.

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CAL THOMAS: Sunshine Week should turn up the heat

OPINION: The Finance Stability Oversight Council could use some scrutiny

The Dodd-Frank Act exempts the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) from the Federal Advisory Committee Act, better known as the federal “open meetings” law, which is why the sun needs to shine in.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Thankful for a new generation of Methodist ministers

OPINION: Ministering is not a job, it's a calling

We can have unreasonable expectations of our ministers and I’m not talking just about Methodists here. This observation is ecumenical.

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BYRON YORK: A war of Obamas own making

OPINION: The friction between Congress and the White House is what the president has wrought

There’s a war going on between the executive and legislative branches in which Obama has shown contempt for Congress’ constitutional powers, and now, in response, Congress is showing contempt for the president’s constitutional powers.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Protecting your digital self

OPINION: Businesses use data to profile online users in ways that would be seen as evil if done by government

Online privacy invasion from businesses collecting data may be irreversible, but there should be an uncomplicated way to correct mischaracterizations created from the information.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The effects of inequality on children

OPINION: These trends now characterize a large portion of the U.S. working class

Robert Putnam’s “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” is sociology as story, as tragedy and as an act of social solidarity. It is the culminating work of an academic career characterized by sound judgment and bigheartedness. And the more influence this book gains, the more just and generous our country will become.

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LORAN SMITH: Romance transforms hard life into good life

FEATURES COLUMNIST: She loved dancing, and that is how romance changed her landscape and way of life

When you are six years old in any society, you want your mother. You want the peace that comes with family togetherness, but war has a way of tearing families apart.

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