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  1. ANN McFEATTERS: Gun laws, plastic bags and bank fees

    Let's contemplate good government/bad government. Aside from the seriously big issues of the day, the ones making President Obama wish he had stayed a community organizer in Chicago, sometimes it's important to ponder the everyday...

  2. ESTHER CEPEDA: On immigration, we've been fooled again

    No one likes political expediency when it doesn't go their way. When President Obama announced his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in June 2012 -- which allowed young illegal immigrants to obtain temporary legal...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: What is Congress doing about cyberthreats?

    The recent disclosures that hackers had made off with nude celebrity photos stored on Apple's iCloud and credit card information collected by Home Depot were just the latest in a seemingly endless series of headline-grabbing data thefts....

  4. OTHER VIEWS: States answer for dumbed-down education

    There is nothing sacred about Common Core, the educational standards that are attracting renewed criticism as the school year begins. The standards, which are intended to ensure that students graduate from high school prepared to do...

  5. DANA MILBANK: Secretaries day at the State Department

    It was all going well until John Kerry tried to kill off George Shultz. The secretary of state was welcoming five of his predecessors to the State Department's groundbreaking ceremony for a new museum of diplomacy Wednesday when he...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: Case against death penalty keeps growing

    Perhaps you remember Henry Lee McCollum. His is a name that comes up regularly when the death penalty is discussed, because the crime for which he was convicted -- the brutal 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl -- tests the...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Why this chain has trouble with millennials

    Where do millennials want to eat lunch? If you are a marketing executive at McDonald's, this is the question that keeps you up at night. The rest of us have an interest because younger Americans, like members of all generations, make an...

  8. DANA MILBANK: A real challenge for US

    I'm just back from vacation in Europe, where, to judge from the political headlines coming out of the United States, this country had no greater care than which of its leaders would next be soaked in cold water. George W. Bush was doused...

  9. OTHER VIEWS: Propaganda keeps Russians in the dark

    President Vladimir Putin, his bitter resentment at the Soviet empire's collapse metastasized into seething Russian nationalism, has marginalized the political opposition, muzzled dissidents and intimidated independent voices in civil...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Obama should focus on global challenges

    President Obama's acknowledgment that "we don't have a strategy yet" in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying...

  11. RAMESH PONNURU: Republicans misread the 'gender gap'

    Polling turns out to be a business in which generating data that confirm the thuddingly obvious can get you both money and news media attention. Politico tried hard to make its story on a new poll sound exciting, choosing the headline,...

  12. ESTHER CEPEDA: School start times: One sleeper of an issue

    Many adults tend to dismiss scientific research about the adolescent mind. Perhaps they came of age during a time when children, especially teens, were expected to behave as little adults. For years the scientific community has made clear...

  13. Open skies and seas are good for everyone

    In one of the more famous scenes in "Top Gun," Tom Cruise buzzes a Soviet MiG, upside down, and flips its Commie pilot the bird. This is hardly how the Cold War rivals confronted each other in real life, of course. As it demands the respect...

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