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  1. DANA MILBANK: When the press club shuts out its brethren

    I'd like to tell you what Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, said at the National Press Club on Wednesday about recent developments in the war against the Islamic State. The diplomat, who resigned in protest earlier this year...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Wal-Mart's change: Good for Obamacare?

    Wal-Mart's decision to stop paying for health insurance for employees who work less than 30 hours a week may sound like bad news, especially for those 30,000 workers and their families. But it could become good news -- for those families...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Responsibility of declaring war is shared

    The War Powers Resolution, passed by Congress in 1973 over a presidential veto by Richard Nixon, was designed to limit the executive's ability to wage war without the legislative branch's consent. After Vietnam, the idea was to prevent...

  4. DANA MILBANK: And now, a stunning level of disloyalty

    Aspiring Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, scheduled a big Washington speech for Monday to condemn President Obama's defense policy. But an unexpected competitor beat him to the punch. Leon Panetta, in...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: Shocking NFL study demands immediate action

    The National Football League has bigger trouble than the disgusting domestic violence cases dominating headlines this fall. In September, it quietly released a study that revealed one-third of its players -- one third -- can expect to...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: Court declines: One more step toward equality

    Since the Supreme Court struck down the worst parts of the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor last year, lower courts have been using the logic of the ruling to sweep away state bans on same-sex marriage. On Monday, the...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: US Ebola panic could hurt fight against disease

    The Ebola virus may be easier to handle in the U.S. than the Ebola panic. The first case of an Ebola victim traveling to the U.S. has not been handled perfectly, but the U.S. health-care system is well-poised to keep the disease under...

  8. MICHAEL GERSON: On Ebola, hard choices

    Here is what officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have been telling us: America has some Ebola infections (and is likely to see more) but America does not have an Ebola outbreak,...

  9. OTHER VIEWS: Norway deserves gold for pulling Olympics bid

    Bravo to Norway for withdrawing its application to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics in Oslo. Nothing better illustrates the disrepute into which bidding for the games has fallen, or how drastically the process needs to be changed. This is...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Finding the funds to help kids in need

    Before there was an Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) helped plug one of the many coverage holes in the nation's health insurance system. At an annual cost of $13 billion, most of which comes from...

  11. NOAH SMITH: Wall Street businesses pay their employees a premium to suffer

    Why do people on Wall Street get paid so much? It could be because Wall Streeters have generally high skills. Finance people tend to be good at using computers and working with numbers, but also at networking and forming business...

  12. DANA MILBANK: The Republicans field a mug-shot primary

    Why is the lineup of prospective GOP presidential candidates beginning to look like, well, a lineup? Chris Christie went to campaign last week for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, putting the New Jersey governor in the company of a man who is...

  13. CYNTHIA ALLEN: Blaming biology for your politics

    In an age of heightened political correctness, the suggestion that a person's political orientation might be related to physiology, genes or brain development would probably be considered gauche if not wholly offensive. One isn't born...

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