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Michael Barone: Obama aloof to tradition

Barone-c.jpg President Obama's speech at the United Nations last week was "an important turning point in American foreign policy -- and in his presidency." That's the verdict of Brookings Institution scholar and former Clinton White House aide William Galston, a Democrat who has not been an unqualified admirer of this Democratic president's foreign policy.

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Rich Lowry: Obama's illusory victory

Rich-Lowry_C.jpg President George W. Bush's "mission accomplished" moment on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln after the initial success of the invasion of Iraq lives in infamy, still standing for presidential cluelessness and arrogance.

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Catherine Rampell: The bad rep of for-profit colleges

catherine-rampell.jpg For-profit colleges can't get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too.

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Diane Dimond: Calling it what it is: War

Dimond-Diane-color.jpg Let's not kid ourselves. We are back in the business of war again.

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By Leonard Pitts Jr.: Censoring history

leonard-pitts.jpg This is a tale of two countries.

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Scott Rasmussen: Ability to walk away key to empowerment

Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they're typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power rather than share it.

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Robert B. Reich: Stuck with the mess

robert-reich-c.jpg Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, crowing that his new investment was the finest building in Atlantic City and possibly the nation.

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Froma Harrop: Kids who don't go to college also matter

FromaHarrop2013-c.jpg It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Emma Watson looking for a few good men

leonard-pitts.jpg With apologies to the United States Marines, Emma Watson is looking for a few good men.

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Kathleen Parker: Cry, you're on hidden camera

kathleenparker-c.jpg WASHINGTON -- Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

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