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  1. OTHER VIEWS: Keeping the Cold War off the battlefield

    Sunday, Jul 27 2014 11:00 PM

    International outrage over the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17 does not appear to have affected either the actions of pro-Russia forces in that country or the material support Russia is offering the rebels.

    On Wednesday, the separatists apparently shot down two Ukrainian warplanes flying near the border with Russia. Then on Thursday, the U.S. accused Russia of firing artillery from its territory into Ukraine.

    If Russia continues to abet the Ukrainian armed resistance, it must pay a price, as even European nations previously reluctant to impose significant sanctions are beginning to realize.

    This week the Europeans moved toward expanding sanctions directed at Russian officials and organizations linked to...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Obama's promising My Brother's Keeper initiative

    These are the depressing facts about boys and young men of color: They are more likely to drop out of school, more likely to be in prison, more likely to be unemployed and more likely to die at an earlier age. That minority men are at...

  3. ESTHER CEPEDA: Our lesson plan: sticking to healthy meals

    Remember last year's hysteria over school lunches? Administrators, cafeteria workers, students and parents across the country freaked out when -- gasp! -- school lunches were made healthier. News reports throughout the 2012-13 school year...

  4. MAX EHRENFREUND: How do we feel about executions?

    Public support for the death penalty in the United States has declined, but it remains strong, with at least 60 percent of respondents in surveys saying that they favor capital punishment. Whether the public would support the kind of...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: Rediscovering roots with anti-poverty ideas

    It's rare for a prominent politician to publicly rethink his position on one of his signature issues. Paul Ryan has just done so -- and deserves credit for it. The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee Thursday released a...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: ACA will have another date with Supreme Court

    Is this the beginning of the end of Obamacare? Tuesday’s ruling by a U.S. appellate court panel in the District of Columbia creates the possibility that the Affordable Care Act will unravel.   The appellate panel found — “reluctantly,”...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Staggering tunnel vision in Mideast war

    The distinguishing feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is "offensive tunnels," as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Recreational marijuana laws hit tax bumps

    The states of Colorado and Washington ushered in what is likely to be a continuing trend when in November 2012 voters approved ballot measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Both states started implementing the laws this...

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    ESTHER CEPEDA: Tough calls on border kids

    Those who want to deport the border kids immediately and those who want to extend them protections have dug into their positions — as if either course of action would suffice.   Those in the “help” camp are resolute — to the point that...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Russia displays barbarism after airliner tragedy

    The destruction of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine may not have been intended by Russia or the militants it has supported and armed. But their behavior since the downing of the plane has been a lesson in barbarity and morally...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Years of doing nothing on risky banking

    Four years after President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law, polling suggests that most Americans think it hasn't done enough to protect them from a repeat of the 2008 financial...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: No quick or easy fix to border crisis

    There have been some recent stirrings of reasonableness in Washington over the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border, stirrings that should be supported and nurtured like, well, a child. But let's not fool ourselves: The proposals...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: Our debt will harm future generations

    Suppose you have a child, or you have a grandchild, or you know and love somebody else's child. Pour everything you have, every virtue you know, into that little pumpkin. Because if you do endear yourself as a pleasant memory, maybe little...

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