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

    Thursday, Aug 28 2014 11:01 PM

    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 hard-line immigration group, the mayor, Judith Flanagan Kennedy, told an alarming tale about how unaccompanied minors emigrating illegally from Guatemala have caused havoc in her fair burg.

    "The vast majority of them were claiming to be between 14 and 17 years old, but there were people with graying temples, hair around the temples, there were people with more wrinkles than I have around the eyes," said Kennedy. "A lot of them," she added, "were illiterate not only in English but also in Spanish and spoke...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Settlement leaves big questions unanswered

    The Justice Department's $16.7 billion settlement with Bank of America Corp. is a big win. Prosecutors deserve praise for extracting the largest civil settlement with a single entity in U.S. history, as well as for forcing the bank to...

  9. ESTHER CEPEDA: Hitting the right note on gender and hiring

    In the 1970s and 1980s, symphony orchestras around the world began implementing a system of "blind" auditions -- performances given from behind a screen -- in order to diversify their ranks while ensuring that elite talent and meritocracy...

  10. MICHAEL GERSON: Again, there's no time to lead from behind

    Responding to the horrifying murder of photojournalist James Foley, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, "ISIL [the Islamic State] and the wickedness it represents must be destroyed." President Obama said, "people like this ultimately...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Political spats do not belong in our courts

    Even in the no-holds-barred world of Texas politics, the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry last week was a low blow. A grand jury in Austin, a Democratic Party hotbed, indicted Perry, a Republican with presidential aspirations, on two felony...

  12. ESTHER CEPEDA: Demographic dilemma

    "War" is too strong a word to use in regard to race relations. Despite continuing income inequality or how often the justice system seems to lack fairness when applied to nonwhites, few Americans would say that whites are waging a war on...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: Pentagon still sells smokes, but how come?

    Even the most oblivious member of Congress knows that smoking is bad for you. As it turns out, it's even worse for you if you happen to be a soldier. So would Congress insist that the Pentagon sell cigarettes -- at a discount, no less?...

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