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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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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Handouts we all get

OPINION: Look in the mirror to see who is getting federal health subsidies

America’s senior citizens seem to (wrongly) believe that they have paid for their own health care and that therefore others should, too.

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DICK YARBROUGH: If you don't know much about history, this test is for you

OPINION: Lawmakers are considering a resolution asking that the test be expelled from Georgia classrooms

The authors of the test say the AP U.S. History course is an advanced, college-level course — not an introductory U.S. history course — and is not meant to be students’ first exposure to the “fundamental narrative of U.S. history.” I think that is education-speak for saying kids should already know about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and Ray Charles.

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: War against advanaced placement U.S. history courses is bizarre

OPINION: Some officials want to ban courses they see as being critical of America

It seems strange to organize an educational system around what can’t be taught to children. But for large chunks of the country, this is exactly how public educational standards seem to be set: by demarcating and preserving blind spots rather than promoting enlightenment.

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WILL DURST: Up is now down

OPINION: Take what you know and forget it; it is wrong

Just when we think we have it all figured out, somebody comes along with information suggesting we’re so off the mark, we might have taken the neighbor’s car to work, slept with our cousin and brushed our teeth with kitchen cleanser.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Black history is more than a month

OPINION: Black history is American history

Black history ought to be taught in the same volumes as the Boston Tea Party, the settling of the Old West, the defeat of the Nazis.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Dumb, dumber and dumbest

OPINION: Obama administration official Marie Harf is the latest proof of incompetent hirings by White House

After watching barbaric ISIS armies sweeping across the deserts of the Middle East and slaughtering innocents by the thousands for purely religious reasons, the Obama administration apparently thinks one of the root causes that lead people to join terrorist groups is a lack of good job opportunities.

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KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Christianity in death and life

OPINION: Faith is more than a comforting bromide

Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians were slaughtered on a beach in Libya. And even in his mourning, the brother of two of them gave thanks. Who would have an ounce of gratitude at such a moment? Someone who has hope, hope of something real and eternal.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Taming the government Leviathan by proxy

OPINION: Our system of government by proxy is often comfortable with high levels of fraud

American politics has been dominated by a debate on the size and role of the federal government, an argument that has often lacked one element: actual knowledge about the size and role of the federal government.

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