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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: The decline of the dealmakers

OPINION: Deep South U.S. Senate representative will be all Republican in January

In the Deep South today, the Republicans are essentially the white majority party and the Democrats are the black minority party.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Thinking about hunger, not school lessons

OPINION: In a land of plenty, no child should have to go hungry

The Christmas season seems to start earlier every year. Last month, a neighbor put up twinkling silver lights, and the day after Thanksgiving, we saw cars carrying trees on their roofs. So it’s not too early to make our annual appeal: This holiday season, give the gift of food. And health.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Spin wins over facts

OPINION: House Intelligence Committee report dispels Benghazi conspiracies

Findings of a bipartisn House panel is ignored by those who want to perpetuate the myth of a conspiracy behind the deaths of the ambassador and three other Americans at Benghazi.

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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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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Getting things done in Washington

OPINION: Which GOP will show up on Capitol Hill in January?

Here’s the problem for the GOP: McConnell, Cornyn and Co. might well understand what the public wants from their party. But they don’t “control” the conservative ideologues led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who equate any whiff of compromise with heresy.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Even less fun than usual

OPINION: If the GOP takes the Senate, political life in D.C. could get more complicated

Elections always have consequences and legislation is not the only way to measure their impact. If Republicans seize the Senate, they would set the floor schedule and run the committees. Republican staffs would grow while Democratic ranks shrink.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Sometimes government is essential

OPINION: To some extent the Obama administration is suffering from self-inflicted wounds

The role of government has turned from an asset to a liability for President Obama. His favorable rating in the latest ABC/Washington Post poll has sunk to 40 percent, the lowest mark of his presidency.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Revival under way for Mitt Romney

OPINION: Romney is hearing encouragement to make another White House run

Despite declaring that he is not a presidential candidate in 2016, Republicans appear to be pushing Romney to mount another campaign for the White House.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: A better ground game is the secret weapon for Democrats

OPINION: Democrats best hopes lie in motivating their own voters to go to the polls

If Democrats pull off any upsets in races favored for their Republican opponents, it will be because they motivated their supporters to get out and vote.

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Mutations with a malign mission

OPINION: President made right call to send troops, money to Liberia

Ebola is killing people every day. It threatens our well-being and demands a rapid response.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Bill and George Show is refreshing

OPINION: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush show political rivals can cooperate with each other

Washington resembles a World War I battlefield, with both sides dug deeply into their own trenches. The frontline barely moves, but the casualty rate keeps climbing.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Consensus forming on criminals

OPINION: The criminal justice system costs too much and accomplishes too little

The United States has 5 percent of the global population but a quarter of the world’s prisoners.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Failing the test on basic economics

OPINION: Legislators missing the boat on basic principles

This legislative paralysis mirrors what happened on immigration reform, which passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support but was then buried in the House without a vote.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: The booming Benghazi biz

Search the word “Benghazi,” and up pops a paid link to a website that advertises: “Benghazi — T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Mugs and More.”

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Make the Russian bully sweat

OPINION: So far leaders in Washington and Europe, the one in Moscow, are making the mistakes

So far, the so-called sanctions imposed on Russia for its incursion into Ukraine have been weak and give Russian President Vladimir Putin little concern.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: The guys just do not get it

OPINION: CIA response to Sen. Feinstein latest case of men behaving badly

A man in Sen. feinstein’s position would never be accused of having a “deep emotionalfeeling” about an issue.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: An outbreak of sanity

Reports by presidential commissions are often like those statues that dominate public squares in Washington: massive in size, but opaque in origin and quickly obscured by a thick layer of grime.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Cowards are in charge of Capitol Hill

OPINION: Americans deserve better than the congressional leadership they are getting

Both Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are letting hardliners in their respective parties bully them into burying legislation.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: This is why the Media Primary matters

OPINION: Flaws of politicians are magnified and judged because of reporting

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has benefited from being near New York and its media. Now that proximity is his political nemesis.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Hunger hurts all Americans

OPINION: Cuts to food stamps will hurt those struggling to put food on the table

Most food stamp recipients are hard-working Americans, not the “welfare queens” that conservatives rail against.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: Reversing the Republican death spiral

OPINION COLUMN: The declining white U.S. population is a challenge for the future of the Republican Party

Instead of trying to appeal to a broader base, many Republicans are trying to prevent minorities from voting.

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ROBERTSES: Turn off the blowhards

At a recent news conference, President Obama reflected on what caused the 16-day government shutdown, and how another crisis can be avoided in the futur

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ROBERTS: The women are taking over

The headline in the Washington Post read, “Moderates flex muscle.”

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ROBERTSES: Filling the fertility gap

Opinion column

It was a lovely summer evening. Large families filled the terrace at La Pieve Vecchio, a restaurant occupying an old convent on the outskirts of this hilltop village in Tuscany. Some groups even included small children, perched in high chairs or wandering the dining area with an anxious parent trailing close behind.

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