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  1. OTHER VIEWS: New face, ideas needed at Defense

    Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 11:01 PM

    If the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel augurs a move by President Obama to shake up his national security team and reconsider his strategy in crisis areas such as Syria and Ukraine, then it will be welcomed. So far, there's not much sign of it. Hagel has been a weak leader at the Pentagon who, at least in public, has been less of a force in policy discussions than some of the generals who report to him. But his thinly disguised dismissal came after reports that he had raised sensible questions about Obama's overly constrained approach to fighting the Islamic State.

    The president turned to Hagel, a friend from the Senate, after the 2012 election seemingly because he wished for a Pentagon chief who would willingly execute his...

  2. MICHAEL GERSON: Obama's actions have shifted a public debate

    Following President Obama's ambitious executive order on immigration -- not unprecedented in subject matter but unprecedented in scope and ambition -- we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent. Obama's action was a...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: On auto safety, connect the dots sooner

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is widening its crackdown on air bags at risk of exploding -- potentially killing or maiming the people they are supposed to protect. This is another case in which it has taken...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: On immigration, the next move belongs to GOP

    At a stroke, President Barack Obama will protect, at least for the remainder of his term, more than 4 million illegal immigrants from the threat of deportation. He justifies the move as an act of "prosecutorial discretion." The president...

  5. DANA MILBANK: The GOP can poke back against Obama

    Here's a paradox worth pondering: Could President Obama's executive actions on immigration actually make it easier to enact comprehensive reform? The invective pouring forth from Republicans this past week would seem to suggest not:...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: Why Keystone XL is a political football

    The contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline was not laid to rest when the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to kill it. It will get new life next year, when the Senate's newly elected Republican majority says it will approve construction of the...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Eric Holder must take active role in Ferguson

    Last week President Barack Obama issued a statement mourning the death of John Doar, a former Justice Department lawyer who risked his life standing between protesters and police in Mississippi in the 1960s. The context and issues today in...

  8. MICHAEL GERSON: Leaving the harder path

    There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess. But future presidents now have a new method at their disposal: Declare a long-running debate to be a national...

  9. OTHER VIEWS: It's past time to overhaul vets benefits

    The United States owes an incalculable debt of gratitude to its military veterans. It also owes them something more tangible -- timely and appropriate treatment and compensation for disabilities tied to their service. But the Veterans...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Stop allowing 'dark money' contributions

    With almost all the results finally in, the official winner of the 2014 election is now clear: something called "dark money," which reached record levels this year. Its victory has its roots in an adverb choice made by the IRS more than...

  11. MICHAEL GERSON: Pope Francis showing wisdom and humanity

    Pope Francis' American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess). At first, some political conservatives complained that Francis was showing insufficient respect for distinguished Catholic...

  12. DANA MILBANK: Purity politics among some Democrats

    Here comes the tea party of the left. On a rainy Monday morning, 50 sodden liberal activists stood on the muddy front lawn of the Capitol Hill home of Sen. Mary Landrieu, advocating for the Louisiana Democrat's defeat. "This house is high...

  13. JOE MATHEWS: California has become the Massage State

    For the record, I did not intend to get naked for this column. But the woman at my local massage parlor insisted that I remove my underwear before she would put her hands on me. So I took it all off -- to better understand my fellow...

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