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  1. OTHER VIEWS: Small victory exposes lack of Syria strategy

    Wednesday, Jan 28 2015 08:00 PM

    U.S. officials are celebrating a modest victory in the war against the Islamic State in Syria -- the apparently successful defense of the Kurdish town of Kobane, on the border with Turkey. Under siege since early October, Kobane has little strategic value but came to be seen as a test of whether the United States and its allies could stop the expansion of the Islamic State and the humanitarian crimes that accompany it.

    With the help of Kurdish ground forces, the extremists were turned back. But perhaps the most significant fact about Kobane is that it consumed 75 percent of the nearly 1,000 airstrikes carried out by allied planes throughout Syria since September, according to The Post.

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Trying to fill the college piggy bank

    President Obama has caused a furor with his plan to tax withdrawals from so-called 529 plans, a tax-advantaged savings account through which families save for children's college tuition. Annual contributions to 529s, often deductible from...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Sorting out US visas for crime victims

    As a society, we want people to report crimes and help bring criminals to justice. Without the cooperation of victims, the criminal justice system doesn't work very well. One particular problem for police and prosecutors is that people...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: Don't reopen door to housing discrimination

    How hard should it be to fight discriminatory housing practices? A lot harder than it is now, the state of Texas argued before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Many of the justices didn't appear to buy it -- and they shouldn't. "Housing...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: New challenges, new leadership in Saudi Arabia

    Saudi King Abdullah had a not- undeserved reputation as a relative moderate and modernizer of his hidebound and autocratic monarchy. He waged war against Islamic extremists, both at home and abroad; invested heavily in education, including...

  6. DANA MILBANK: We should get used to the president's swagger

    Here's some practical advice to those who didn't like President Obama's swagger during his State of the Union address: Get used to it. Economic indicators suggest he's going to have even more to crow about in the months to come. Obama...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Taking risk to offer broadband is a local call

    When President Obama urged in his State of the Union address that broadband Internet service be made available to all Americans, it was the 21st-century equivalent of calling for a chicken in every pot. So much commerce, information,...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Netanyahu invite endangers Iran negotiations

    With Congress's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session on March 3, the fight between President Barack Obama and his opponents on Capitol Hill over policy toward Iran has taken a bizarre turn....

  9. DANA MILBANK: The GOP's bait-and-switch on abortion

    As President Obama prepared on Tuesday to lay out his economic agenda in his State of the Union address, House Republicans were moving ahead with an agenda of their own. Just two weeks into the new Congress, they voted Tuesday afternoon...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: US, India should let China help to end Afghan war

    However much they extol the virtues of cooperation, U.S. officials remain wary of China's spreading influence in Asia. President Barack Obama issued the latest warning in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. In one area, however, the U.S...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: US partner against terrorism on brink of collapse

    Yemen is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a group that last week claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. The United States military and CIA work closely with Yemen's government in the fight against...

  12. MICHAEL GERSON: The fight for the middle class

    When you strip away all the layers of cockiness, preachiness and delusion in President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address, you find more cockiness, preachiness and delusion underneath. This was most obvious in the brief and buried...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: On achievable goals, Obama missed mark

    As candidate, and then again as president, Barack Obama promised to restore healthy middle-class prosperity lost during the worst economic crisis in generations. It is the right focus and one that he revisited as the centerpiece of...

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