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  • Is an alliance possible?

    Congress and the American people have many reasons to cheer the progress of U.S. negotiations with Iran. Both nations have much to gain from a successful outcome and improved relations.   The conflicts threatening Iraq and tensions with ...

    June 25, 2014

  • Fuel tax could repair fund

    In 1993, Bill Clinton was president, “Seinfeld” was on TV and a cellphone was the size of a brick. It was also the last time Congress raised the federal gasoline tax, which pays for roads, bridges and public transit. Over two decades, the ...

    June 25, 2014

  • Are fathers expendable now?

    Last week was Father’s Day. We know that from the calendar, the lines at restaurants and the holiday sales at Best Buy....

    June 24, 2014

  • Fantasy from adviser

    WASHINGTON — Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Barack Obama and a longtime confidant of the president, told reporters at breakfast the other day that there is an opportunity this summer for meaningful immigration reform....

    June 24, 2014

  • Last straw for IRS

    John Koskinen, a former president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, probably would rather spend his time following the FIFA World Cup from Brazil instead of preparing for another round of questions from congressional inquisitors....

    June 23, 2014

  • Are some fetuses worth protecting?

    The other day, I was standing at the bus stop when I saw something that annoyed me. That’s not unusual....

    June 22, 2014

  • Back to Iraq: Were sacrifices for nothing?

    On a regular U.S. 77 bicycle ride in southern Oklahoma, my thoughts always go out to a fallen Marine who lived nearby in Wayne....

    June 22, 2014

  • Argentina must show it to stay in U.S. markets

    On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal from Argentina, which has been embroiled in legal disputes with lenders since the country defaulted on its debt in 2001. After restructuring its sovereign debt in order to ...

    June 22, 2014

  • Hate your date? Use the mercy rule

    Have you ever heard of being “mercied out” of a situation? When you know it’s over before it’s over, that’s when the “mercy rule” should apply. The term is entirely new to me and I’ve become obsessed....

    June 21, 2014

  • Extremists stir brew

    There was a time when I paid a lot of attention to the anti-government groups around me. In 2002, the Aryan Nations was establishing an outpost on a grassy property on the New York-Pennsylvania border, and I visited as a newspaper ...

    June 21, 2014