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George F. Will: Neel Kashkari: Goldwater 2.0

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don't-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party's national brand.

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Connie Schultz: Preserve a lie or save lives - you pick

Connie-Schultz-c.jpg Days before two federal courts issued dueling interpretations of the Affordable Care Act, I came across a 1958 photo of my paternal grandmother and felt the familiar onslaught of what-ifs.

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Robert B. Reich: The rise of the non-working rich

By Robert B. Reich In a new Pew poll, more than three-quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything." In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in...

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John Kass: Illness threatens the best of barbecuers

John-Kass.jpg This could be a terrifying tale right out of the Book of Meat Science Fiction, only this one isn't fiction.

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Diane Dimond: Lee Boyd Malvo: An enterprise from behind bars

Dimond-Diane-color.jpg Lee Boyd Malvo, inmate No. 330873, incarcerated at the super-maximum Red Onion State Prison in Virginia ,has a business plan to make himself some money. He either doesn't know it is against the law or he doesn't care.

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Froma Harrop: Will the magpies wake Democrats up?

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear.

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Mark Shields: Nobody asked me, but ...

Shields-c.jpg From time to time, the late New York sports-writing legend Jimmy Cannon used to do a column composed of witty, sentimental short takes he called, "Nobody Asked Me, but." It was Cannon who wrote of the longtime African-American heavyweight-boxing champion: "Joe Louis is a credit to his race ... the human race." Another Cannon one-liner: "I can't say I ever remember staying for the end of a movie in which the actors wore togas."

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Todd Akin fires back

leonard-pitts.jpg So, Todd Akin is back and he's talking rape again.

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Scott Rasmussen: Digital revolution undermines reliability of economic data

Rasmussen-Scott.jpg The economic data that drives so much political debate is becoming increasingly less reliable in the digital era. That's because new technology makes it hard to compare the 21st-century economy to anything that came before it.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: John Siegenthaler, a man who made different choices

Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again.

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