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Mark Shields: Giving public service a better name

Shields-c.jpg A while back, after the Gallup poll had reported that public confidence in Congress had fallen to a then-record low of 9 percent, Arizona Sen. John McCain observed that for Congress, "9 percent" meant we were down to "paid staffers and blood relatives." When a more recent Gallup poll found public confidence in Congress had dropped even further to only 7 percent, McCain amended his analysis. Reporting that he had just received a blunt call from his mother Roberta, still remarkable at 102 years old, he said, "I can report that we are now down to just paid staffers."

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Rich Lowry: Anti-woman agenda in high court?

Rich-Lowry_C.jpg It has long been suspected that the Supreme Court hates women, although it took the court's 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case to fully reveal its blatant misogyny.

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Froma Harrop: Is the medium the menace?

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg An aspiring rapper posts his lyrics on Facebook, suggesting a Halloween costume with his estranged wife's "head on a stick."

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Robert B. Reich: Hillary's hardest choice (and the Democrats' dilemma)

robert-reich-c.jpg What's the reason for the tempest in the teapot of Hillary and Bill Clinton's personal finances?

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Jonah Goldberg: Alito agrees: Your birth control is not your boss' business

jonah-goldberg.jpg Abortion-rights protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court building on Monday holding signs that read "Birth Control: Not My Boss's Business."

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: We still have a ways to go

leonard-pitts.jpg Sen. Richard Russell called it a work of "manifold evils." Sen. Barry Goldwater called it a "threat to the very essence" of America. Rep. Howard Smith called it a "monstrous instrument of oppression."

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Scott Rasmussen: Celebrating checks and balances

Rasmussen-Scott.jpg Last week, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling against the president's right to get around Congress by making recess appointments. This is frustrating to President Barack Obama at the moment and will undoubtedly aggravate some future Republican president.

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Diane Dimond: The migration mess of our own making

Dimond-Diane-color.jpg Global Positioning Satellite systems can pinpoint our location no matter where we are in the world and tell us precisely where to turn to get to our destination. U.S. satellites monitor just about anything on earth -- from the path of a forest fire to the route of a convoy of trucks. We know for a fact that the National Security Agency has had eyes and ears on just about every phone call and email sent or received, worldwide.

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Froma Harrop: Was Cochran's win good for blue U.S?

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg From the happy reports, you'd think that liberals had only to celebrate the tea party's recent Mississippi defeat. True, Sen. Thad Cochran's winning strategy -- reaching out to Democrats, in particular African-Americans -- made for an especially gratifying runoff victory.

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