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  1. OTHER VIEWS: Obama should focus on global challenges

    Sunday, Aug 31 2014 11:00 PM

    President Obama's acknowledgment that "we don't have a strategy yet" in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president's goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days.

    This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence. One can only imagine the whiplash that foreign leaders must be suffering. They heard U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power denounce Russia as "today . . . they open a new front . ....

  2. RAMESH PONNURU: Republicans misread the 'gender gap'

    Polling turns out to be a business in which generating data that confirm the thuddingly obvious can get you both money and news media attention. Politico tried hard to make its story on a new poll sound exciting, choosing the headline,...

  3. ESTHER CEPEDA: School start times: One sleeper of an issue

    Many adults tend to dismiss scientific research about the adolescent mind. Perhaps they came of age during a time when children, especially teens, were expected to behave as little adults. For years the scientific community has made clear...

  4. Open skies and seas are good for everyone

    In one of the more famous scenes in "Top Gun," Tom Cruise buzzes a Soviet MiG, upside down, and flips its Commie pilot the bird. This is hardly how the Cold War rivals confronted each other in real life, of course. As it demands the respect...

  5. Is social media enlarging or stifling democracy?

    As an active, albeit measured, user of social media, I've been skeptical of arguments that online forums like Facebook and Twitter are the great equalizer. Some social media proponents believe that such tools unshackle public opinion and...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: West must make Putin pay for his aggression

    If any international norm can still be called uncontroversial, it is the stricture against cross-border aggression by one sovereign state against another. Certainly any failure to enforce it in one place invites violations elsewhere. That...

  7. DANA MILBANK: Give me a home where the scapegoats roam

    It's August in the capital, quiet enough for scapegoats to roam freely. In fact, the mayor of Lynn, Mass., came for a visit on Wednesday and released a few of this breed in the heart of downtown, at the National Press Club. Hosted by a...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Stop forcing athletes to stay in college

    As the college football season kicks off, the question of whether college athletes should be treated as professionals hangs in the air. Yet one issue has been oddly absent from the debate: the age restrictions the National Football League...

  9. OTHER VIEWS: Federal Reserve can wait to act on interest rates

    The Federal Reserve has taken a consistent position on the "extraordinary measures" it has employed to salvage the stricken U.S. economy: Any withdrawal of the Fed's support will depend upon progress in the labor market. Continuing...

  10. MICHAEL GERSON: Is Obama too detached to lead?

    Having once served a president, I don't begrudge any president a vacation. There is, in fact, no escape from this relentless job. A change of scenery does not involve a change in responsibilities, or even a release from the essence of the...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Teens need to sleep before class, not in it

    Teenagers need more sleep. They also need more time in school. A national push is now under way to address the first problem, which is encouraging -- but the second one is no less important. The American Academy of Pediatrics announced...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: Professionals go into danger to help others

    Real bravery is knowing that you're risking your life for a worthy cause but doing it anyway. Soldiers and police officers often do that. As two global stories -- the Ebola outbreak and the Middle East conflicts -- should remind us, so do...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: Outrage alone won't halt this vile campaign

    With each day, the barbarism of the Islamist extremists terrorizing Syria and Iraq becomes more evident -- as does the need for the United States and its allies to act more vigorously to block their rise. Last Tuesday the group that calls...

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