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Froma Harrop: Who cares what idealogy drives train

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg In Texas, a private company wants to build a bullet train joining Dallas and Houston. In California, the state is raising its own billions to create a very fast ride between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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Diane Dimond: Preparing students to protect themselves

Dimond-Diane-color.jpg It's the time of year when, all across the nation, parents are getting their college-bound students ready to leave the nest. May I suggest as you shop for the essentials -- you know, the bed linens, the mini microwave and the ubiquitous bean bag chair -- you tell your child the story of Robert Tipton Jr.

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Mark Shields: Here's an opinion poll to consider

Shields-c.jpg A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion polls. If the polls show your candidate trailing badly, then simply attack polls and anyone who blindly follows them: "I will always be grateful, as an American, that at Valley Forge, Gen. George Washington did not take any polls. If he had, you and I would still be bowing and curtseying before everyone in the British royal family."

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Mona Charen: The U.N. prevents peace

charen-c.jpg The United Nations plays a supporting role in every war between Hamas and Israel. U.N. spokesmen routinely issue statements, accusations and denials about everyone's conduct, including their own (most recently they had to account for why they returned rockets, discovered in a U.N. school, to Hamas). Israel was denounced worldwide for an "attack" on a U.N. school said to be housing 3,000 civilians, but it was actually an attack on particular terrorists on the adjoining street.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Obama's breezy words for post-9/11 torture

leonard-pitts.jpg "...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014. OK, in the first place: "tortured some folks?" Really?

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Froma Harrop: Selling to 'minimalists' surprisingly easy

It matters not whether you are sizing up, sizing down or sizing sideways. Merchants have products to help you on your way to the life you think you want.

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Robert B. Reich: Workers who serve society aren't rewarded

What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society.

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Jonah Goldberg: WWI demons live

jonah-goldberg.jpg World War I started one century ago. Wait! Don't stop reading.

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Rich Lowry: Protests turning ugly in Europe

The Bergische Synagogue in the German town of Wuppertal has a history with arson. The nearly 120-year-old synagogue was burned down during Kristallnacht in 1938. Rebuilt after World War II, it was targeted again about a week ago by arsonists who threw Molotov cocktails at the house of worship (although, thankfully, they failed to set it aflame).

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Letter to the Editor: Schultz' 'race-baiters' column condemned

Only in the tiny and very twisted mind of Connie Schultz would an organization that seeks to save the lives of precious boys and girls be referred to as "race-baiters." I refer to Schultz's scurrilous article that appeared in this paper on Aug. 4.

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