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

    Sunday, Nov 23 2014 11:01 PM

    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 always has had authority to calibrate and prioritize the enforcement of immigration (and other) laws, but this wholesale reinterpretation amounts to overreaching.

    Obama, a former constitutional law professor, has said as much, explicitly and many times. "Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own," he said in 2011. "That's not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written."

  2. 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:...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Al-Jazeera's climb toward credibility in US

    Cable television news regularly serves as the butt of comedians' jokes because so much of the content seems a caricature of real journalism. Analysts argue loudly, as if to whip up viewer tensions. Flashy graphics, multiple video displays,...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: It's Congress' last chance to fix the NSA

    One of the most striking things about the trove of classified NSA files that Edward Snowden made public last year is that the agency was mostly doing what it was told. Its spying operations -- so staggering in scale, in variety, in...

  13. ESTHER CEPEDA: Explaining why some are rejecting feminism

    And now for another episode of "As the Feminism Turns" -- you know, the overwrought soap opera about who is and isn't a feminist, what it means today and whether it has relevance to women of any age. It's a regular series, hopping from...

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