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MICHAEL GERSON: Viewing Ferguson from Selma

OPINION: The Justice report on Ferguson police cleared the officer but condemned the system

The Justice Department report describes a patchwork of municipalities that have become predators, trapping residents in a web of tickets, fines, fees and warrants in order to raise revenue. Police officers and municipal judges are employed as collection agents, and police departments such as Ferguson’s — lacking diversity, proper training and accountability — are prone to swagger and profiling.

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LORAN SMITH: Life was better back then

FEATURES COLUMN: The pre-smart phone days were simpler

There are some things about the past I can do without — picking cotton, no air conditioning, no indoor plumbing, and 50 minute sermons — but there is something to be said about the times my generation enjoyed.

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CAL THOMAS: Selma plus 50

Solutions to the problems of black America are not a secret, but they must be taught at every level. They begin by allowing parents to choose where their children go to school.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Gov. Chris Christie a fiscal phony

OPINION: New Jersey officials offer to settle with Mobil at $225 million

Gov. Chris Christie has balanced New Jersey state budgets without raising taxes while cutting corporate taxes through accounting tricks, raiding contingency funds and other gimmicks.

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KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Freedom is just another word for nothing left to choose

OPINION: Philadelphia Catholics are excited about the pending visit by the pope

This upcoming visit by Pope Francis comes at a time when American Catholics have had their beliefs challenged by the Obama administration, which seems bent on punishing companies and groups that object on grounds of conscience to abortion, birth control or other highly charged matters.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: The struggles ahead

OPINION: GOP is split between Spines and Brains

Bipartisanship flamed up briefly after Republicans took over the Senate, but is flickering now.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Universal suffrage still under assault

OPINION: Voter ID laws are designed to cut at edges of the right to vote

Conservative Republicans label their campaign — which centers around strict voter ID laws — “voter integrity,” as if it’s a righteous project designed to uplift democracy. It’s just the opposite: It’s designed to block the ballot for a few voters, mostly poor and black, who are inclined to support Democrats.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Do citizens have a lobby?

OPINION: It looks more and mor elike the deck is stacked against the average working person

You can imagine how the average unemployed Californian feels when he reads that the state Employment Development Department in Sacramento has hired citizens of India to process Golden State unemployment claims.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Negotiating from weakness

OPINION: President Obama has narrowed U.S. demands on Iran to its nuclear ambitions

As Obama has avoided direct confrontation with Iran to preserve the viability of nuclear talks, Iran has been busy destabilizing the Middle East, replacing us as the major power and threatening our allies. And those allies have taken note.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Will this be a better world because you were here?

OPINION: A kind word or thoughtful deed can have lifelong impact

I’m sure you can name those that have made a positive difference in your life. If so, I hope they are still around so that you can tell them in case you haven’t already.

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DANNY TYREE: A half-century after U.S. combat forces arrived in Vietnam

OPINION: What did the U.S. learn from the Vietnam War?

March 8, 1965 was the date that the first 3,500 U.S. combat Marines were dispatched to South Vietnam, and I wonder if any of us (isolationist, interventionist or in-betweener) have learned the right lessons over the past five decades.

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GEORGIE ANNE GEYER: Japan's sun poised to rise on world stage

OPINION: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has shown shown what a modern-day leader can do

Seventy years after World War II, Japan is moving toward becoming a “normal” nation that operates its own military.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Getting Africa's health systems to be self-reliant

OPINION: A history of generosity can become an expectation of benefit

Tanzania has a strong economic growth rate, recently recalculating its gross domestic product upward by 32 percent, near the low end of middle-income status. But the foreign share of health care spending is growing, while government spending — as a percentage of the total health effort — is declining.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Obama doesn't have to say he loves us

OPINION: Rudy Giuliani contends the president is failing to talk about the good things about America

Rudy Giuliani feels unloved. And he suggests you should feel that way, too, thanks to a compliment deficit from our cheerleader in chief. I think it’s about … the dangerous way in which politicians, and many of their constituents, mistake flattery for love.

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TOM PURCELL: Even snow clouds have silver linings

OPINION: A few flakes make D.C. bureaucrats call for office shutdowns

I love how snow disrupts daily life — particularly in Washington, D.C.

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