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  1. CHRIS FLAVELLE: Obamacare is working -- unless you're black, that is

    A new survey shows that Obamacare has done a fantastic job of reducing the uninsurance rate -- for everybody except blacks. The share of Americans age 19 to 64 without health insurance fell from 20 percent last summer to 15 percent this...

  2. CYNTHIA ALLEN: The shrinking role of religion in modern US

    Surveying the response to last month's Hobby Lobby decision, I was struck by a comment from progressive Massachusetts senator and possible Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. Speaking about the ruling, Warren remarked: "I...

  3. CASS SUNSTEIN: Boehner v. Constitution would have clear winner

    One of the most appealing features of modern conservative thought is its insistence on fidelity to the Constitution. Whether or not we endorse "strict construction," or the claim that the Constitution means what it originally meant, it is...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: Leading alone, this time on immigration

    One of the legacies of the Obama presidency will be that Barack Obama did not shy away from controversial challenges. Unfortunately for the president, that has committed him to a series of thankless tasks, from trying to end wars in Iraq...

  5. DANA MILBANK: The 'lawlessness' beef

    A querulous quartet of conservatives took to the Senate floor Wednesday to condemn President Obama for his latest atrocity against the American way of life. The Republican foursome, assembled to criticize the president for failing to...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: The difference between vetting and abetting

    In his recent address at West Point, President Obama doubled down on his administration's strategy of combating terrorism and other security threats through "partnerships" with other armies. Describing the strategy as an alternative to...

  7. MICHAEL GERSON: Best or worst, president has left us more divided

    The headline -- "Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II" -- was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Nation cannot tolerate chaos on the border

    The failure of immigration reform to make headway in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives is a chronicle of a death foretold. House Republican hard-liners, including tea partiers, have spent years broadcasting their...

  9. ESTHER CEPEDA: For July, why don't we let kids be kids?

    We're deep into my family's unprecedented "Summer of Lethargy." SOL (for those of you who like acronyms) is progressing as anyone might expect. At present count, my youngest son has been in pajamas for a good 42 hours and counting. My...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: For answers, Afghanistan needs Al Gore

    Afghanistan was supposed to release preliminary results from its June 14 presidential runoff this week. Instead, it delayed them until next week to give its Independent Election Commission time to audit ballots from 1,930 polling stations...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Yellen should fight inflation hawks with facts

    The U.S. economy added a whopping 288,000 jobs in June -- even better than expected. Unemployment dipped to 6.1 percent, the lowest since September 2008. The major stock market indexes are setting almost-daily records. Manufacturing is...

  12. REIHAN SALAM: Are we one nation, divisible?

    It's Independence Day weekend, which means that it is time for barbecues, illegal fireworks and gratuitous displays of nationalism. This year, I'm planning to get matching bald eagle tattoos on my biceps. But for me, at least, Independence...

  13. OTHER VIEWS: The need for online users' bill of rights

    Creepy doesn't begin to describe Facebook's 2012 psychological experiment on 700,000 of its unwitting users. Any attempt to manipulate the emotional state of consumers is unconscionable. It reflects poorly on the entire tech community,...

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