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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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?...

  9. MICHAEL GERSON: In Rand Paul's hands, this outreach is bogus

    Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African-Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low? Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the Kemp...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Mr. Google goes to Washington

    Every president has his method of taming the leviathan of bureaucracy. Harry Truman tried vast reorganizations. Lyndon Johnson preferred cerebral task forces. Jimmy Carter tried feeding the beast, George W. Bush starving it. President...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Why European nations are still in the doldrums

    Remember how Europe had defied all the doomsayers and staved off both the collapse of its single currency and a wider political crack-up? Well, it is becoming increasingly clear that stop-gap measures enacted by the European Central Bank...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: Gov. Brown, Dems and GOP agree on water

    A rare event played out in the Capitol on Wednesday night, and it's worthy of note. Gov. Jerry Brown achieved bipartisan agreement on that most contentious of issues: water. By votes of 37-0 in the Senate and 77-2 in the Assembly, the...

  13. CARL LEUBSDORF: Texas, NC push back on voter rights

    It's August, and most of the federal government is on vacation. Members of Congress are on their annual August state or district "work period," President Barack Obama is at Martha's Vineyard, and the Supreme Court is off until early...

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