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Robert B. Reich: Back to school, and to widening inequality

robert-reich-c.jpg American kids are heading back to school. But the schools they're heading back to differ dramatically by family income.

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Mark Shields: Needed: An Honest Debate on War

Shields-c.jpg Our country in September 2014 needs an open, serious and honest public debate so that this time, we can make an informed decision on whether to once again send Americans into war in Iraq. Tragically, the most recent time, 12 years ago, before the United States invaded and occupied Iraq, there was no such honest public debate. Republicans on Capitol Hill failed to question the Bush administration's campaign of misinformation in support of military action, while too many Democrats, apparently fearful of being tagged "soft" on terrorism on the eve of a national election, followed suit.

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Jonah Goldberg: If 'evil' doesn't apply to Islamic State, what does?

jonah-goldberg.jpg I never liked it when George W. Bush used the term "evildoers" to describe al-Qaeda and other terrorists. A lot of other people objected as well, but for different reasons. I didn't like the term because it always sounded to me like he was saying "evil Dewar's," as in the blended Scotch. (This always made some of Bush's statements chuckle-worthy -- "We will not rest until we find the evil Dewar's!") I prefer single malts, but "evil" always seemed unduly harsh.

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Froma Harrop: The smallness of being in economy class

Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything.

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Connie Schultz: Parenting is full of goodbyes

Connie-Schultz-c.jpg This is the month of departure for many parents, the time of year when they brace themselves for new versions of their children getting on with life.

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Mona Charen: The Republican racist myth

charen-c.jpg The unsinkable Charles B. Rangel appeared on C-SPAN over the weekend. Why unsinkable? Well, the House of Representatives censured the New York Democrat in 2010 by a vote of 333 to 79 (when the body was still majority Democrat) for violating 11 ethics rules and "bringing discredit to the House." The New York Times called it a "staggering fall" for the senior Democrat. But fall-schmall, he's since been reelected and will retire at his leisure.

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Froma Harrop: What about that VA hospital scandal?

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg The unofficial end of summer, Labor Day, may serve as a bookend to a scandal that exploded around the unofficial start, Memorial Day. We speak of the very long wait times to see primary care providers at veterans hospitals and, more seriously, the doctoring of records by some hospital administrators to hide that reality.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Perry v. Lehmberg

leonard-pitts.jpg A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo.

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Rich Lowry: Against the Ferguson mob

Rich-Lowry_C.jpg The chant "No justice, no peace" is an apt rallying cry for Ferguson, Missouri, where protesters don't truly want justice and there has been no peace.

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Scott Rasmussen: Riots show need for multiple views

Rasmussen-Scott.jpg From the moment the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, burst upon the national consciousness, people all across the nation have tried to fit the storyline into their own preconceived notions.

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