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  1. ESTHER CEPEDA: These are the many states of teacher pay

    How much money you can make from teaching is a little like real estate -- location, location, location. In cities such as Baton Rouge, La., Fresno, Calif., and Northside, Texas, it can take anywhere from 24 to more than 30 years to...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: Judge errs with gag order in mine fraud case

    Four years ago, a buildup of methane gas and coal dust exploded in West Virginia's Upper Big Branch Mine, killing 29 workers in the deadliest American coal mine disaster in 40 years. The mine was owned by the Massey Energy Co., led by CEO...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Making sure the next Eric Garner doesn't get killed

    "It shouldn't have gotten to that point." It's a sadly familiar phrase in this year of too many tragedies involving police and unarmed suspects. In the case of Eric Garner, who died in July while being arrested for selling loose cigarettes...

  4. OTHER VIEWS: Practicing the freedom to be un-'like'-able?

    When can the government prosecute someone for using heated language on Facebook? The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on where it should draw the line between protected speech and "true threats" that even the First Amendment does not...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: Obama's action is without precedent

    The White House has defended President Obama's unilateral decision to legalize the presence of nearly 4 million undocumented immigrants as consistent, even in scope, with the executive actions of previous presidents. In fact, it is...

  6. DANA MILBANK: Hillary has lost that 'new car' smell

    There was something in the air before Hillary Clinton addressed Georgetown University students Wednesday, but it definitely wasn't a new-car smell. It was a faint but unmistakable whiff of indifference. When the front-runner for the 2016...

  7. JAY AMBROSE: Use art to fix climate change?

    When Todd Siler was 12 years old, he asked what the point of the universe was. To help find out, he later became the only one ever to get an art-and-psychology Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has since painted up a...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Carter the right man for Pentagon's top job

    So what kind of secretary of defense would best serve U.S. interests in the last two years of Barack Obama's presidency: a strong voice in the contentious policy debates over Islamic State, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia? Or a technocrat to...

  9. OTHER VIEWS: We can do better on anti-smoking efforts

    There is plenty of good news in the latest statistics on smoking released last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that doesn't mean Americans cannot and should not do better. The proportion of adults who smoke...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: Charging into the future with chip technology

    Will this be the last year you swipe all your gift purchases? Next holiday season, odds are you'll make some credit card purchases differently, using a newly issued Visa or MasterCard embedded with anti-theft chip technology. The job of...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: In Russia, fighting facts with fear and propaganda

    President Vladimir Putin has reestablished dictatorship in Russia with a veneer of legality. The veneer doesn't fool anyone who pays attention, nor is it really intended to do so; Mr. Putin prefers to rule through fear. But the pretense...

  12. OTHER VIEWS: China's Hong Kong tactics could backfire

    China's Communist authorities are nothing if not predictable. With a high-profile international summit hosted by President Xi Jinping this month behind them, they are ready for authorities in Hong Kong to crack down on a pro-democracy...

  13. DANA MILBANK: Dems' family feud is counterproductive

    With Democrats acting like this, who needs Republicans? Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democratic leader who would very much like to be No. 1, caused a furor last week when he gave a speech at the National Press Club bashing fellow...

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