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Opinion: Term limits would boost Congress
October 2, 2014
Unfortunately, Congress’ vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: Feverish House and Senate candidates waging ferocious campaigns to win or retain offices that are of rapidly diminishing significance.
Opinion: Secret Service blunders intolerable
October 2, 2014
Last year, the White House was breached twice. In the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” Gerard Butler faced off against Dylan McDermott and a band of Korean terrorists. In “White House Down,” Channing Tatum fought to save President Jamie Foxx from a band of mercenaries. In both movies, the bad guys found getting into the executive mansion no easy feat; it required ingenious planning and overwhelming force.
Opinion: Obama will be war president after all
October 1, 2014
Anyone who wondered how Barack Obama was going to spend the last two years of his presidency got an answer last week: He’ll be fighting a war.
Opinion: Who will fight ISIS on the ground?
September 30, 2014
Last week I praised President Obama’s important speech at the United Nations that urged world leaders to reject “the cancer of violent extremism.” But, like many Americans, I voiced concern about whether his strategy — including bombing ISIS and al-Qaida targets in Syria — could achieve his objectives. I’d like to examine this question further.
Opinion: Iowa Senate race closer than expected
September 28, 2014
The Machine Shed restaurant, where the waitresses wear bib overalls and suggest a cinnamon roll the size of a loaf of bread as a breakfast appetizer, sells a root beer called Dang!, bandages made to look like bacon strips, and signs that proclaim “I love you more than bacon.” For Joni Ernst, however, the apposite sign reads “No one ever injured their eyesight by looking on the bright side.”
Opinion: Censored history not really history
September 27, 2014
This is a tale of two countries. The first country was built on a radical new promise of human equality and a guarantee of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That country made it possible for even those born in the humblest and most meager circumstances to climb to the pinnacle of prosperity and achievement. It helped save the world in a great global conflagration, fed and rebuilt the devastated nations of Europe, planted the first footprints on another world.
Opinion: A chilling guide to jihadi violence
September 27, 2014
It may not be as revealing as “Mein Kampf” or “The Communist Manifesto.” But people looking for insight into the extremist strategy that inflames the fighters of the Islamic State might begin with a book chillingly titled “The Management of Savagery.”
Opinion: Containment-plus is best terrorism option
September 27, 2014
Late, hesitant and reluctant as he is, President Obama has begun effecting a workable strategy against the Islamic State. True, he’s been driven there by public opinion. Does anyone imagine that without the broadcast beheadings we’d be doing anything more than pinprick strikes within Iraq? If Obama can remain steady through future fluctuations in public opinion, his strategy might succeed.
Opinion: Are mercenaries the answer for ISIS?
September 26, 2014
On his Fox News show Monday night, Bill O’Reilly suggested using mercenaries to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) instead of U.S. ground forces, which President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deploy.
Opinion: Kansas race has national impact
September 25, 2014
Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, “Tragic Prelude,” that hangs in the capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, as what he was, a deranged product of “bleeding Kansas,” the Civil War’s overture. Today, Orman, who is as calm as Brown was crazed, is emblematic of fascinating Kansas.
Opinion: Actress looking for a few good men
September 25, 2014
A U.N. initiative called HeForShe hopes to encourage male involvement in the fight for women’s rights. Men should join the cause.

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