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The rebel challenge on Syrian streets

 October 2, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

For pro-U.S. Syrian rebels, the immediate problem isn't defeating the Islamic State. It's coordinating the ragtag brigades of the Free Syrian Army into a coherent force that can fill the vacuum once the extremists are driven out.


Democrats wrong to surrender South

 October 1, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

Democrats could appeal to the South's working class, if only they would address issues of economic inequality and be nice about it.


Reduce campus assaults with old-time values

 October 1, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

A permissive society is contributing to the rash of sexual assault seen on college campuses.


Selective ethics in Constitution State

 September 29, 2014; Updated: 1:58 pm

Double standards abound in politicians' reactions to scandals big and small.


Realistic expectations fighting ISIS

 September 28, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

Managed the crisis posed by Islamic State, but don't turn this into a war that is not our's and the U.S. can't win.


Obama's sound strategy requires persistence

 September 27, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

Obama has a good strategy to take on Islamic State, but does he have the steel will to see it through?


Where's the love for non-college kids?

 September 26, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Many of the same problems that confront college students confront their non-college peers, but society seems to give them little attention.


War against ISIS another long one

 September 25, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

Fight agaist ISIS will likely be continuing when next president takes oath of office.


Another black eye for Secret Service

 September 24, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Something is very wrong when a disturbed man can gain access to the White House.


Republicans should learn to embrace Jack Ma's principles

 September 24, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Imagine, a successfull businessman from Communist China teaching Republicans how to organize their message!


UConn spends $50,000 for a pat on the back

 September 21, 2014; Updated: 4:20 pm

UConn study is meant to do one thing, protect UConn from criticism.


Twisted jihadi logic welcomes the fight

 September 20, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

ISIS is betting U.S. loses it resolved, which makes it all the more important that we don't.


Rough month for women in America

 September 19, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Tough few weeks for women.


U.S. special forces will have to fight ISIS

 September 18, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Make not mistake about it, we will covertly have boots on the ground fighting ISIS.


Strong GOP candidate could defeat Clinton

 September 17, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

Strong Republican could exploit Hillary Clinton's many weaknesses.


How not to get your country back

 September 16, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

Many Americans long for an economically secure middle class.


Advantage of being a reluctant warrior

 September 15, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

President Obama certainly didn't go looking for another war in the Middle East. Indeed, he contorted himself almost to the breaking point to avoid one. But as he explained to the country Wednesday night, he had no choice but to respond with...


Legal second chances shouldn't erase history

 September 14, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

Connecticut, a Superior Court judge noted the other day, is a "second chance" state, a state whose criminal law offers offenders many options for avoiding convictions and permanent criminal records.For the youngest offenders, juvenile...


One girl's ISIS ordeal

 September 14, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

This is the story told to me by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl I'll call "Narin," currently staying in northern Iraqi Kurdistan. I am a Kurdish journalist with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia who covers northern Iraq as...


An uncertain trumpet sounds, again

 September 13, 2014; Updated: 4:07 pm

In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy. This alone will probably get him a bump in the polls, which have dropped to historic...


Crude ogling, violence don't define manhood

 September 12, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

Contemporary American society tolerates and often promotes an aggressive, leering form of masculinity that's unhealthy for men and women alike.That's an important lesson to draw from the recent scandals over the Ray Rice video and the...


Sorry, casinos just aren't the answer

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

The video for the Bruce Springsteen song "Atlantic City" opens with a scene of the grand Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel imploding into a pile of dust. That was almost 40 years ago. The Traymore Hotel and other grand hotels were leveled in much the...


Stepping warily onto the battlefield

 September 11, 2014; Updated: 5:51 pm

For President Obama, this is gut-check time on Iraq. He is moving the nation back onto a pitiless battlefield, with a war plan that is long on good intentions and short on clarity about the ultimate mission.It's a wrenching moment: A...


McDonnells' sins pale next to Clinton years

 September 10, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

The soap opera that played out in Richmond, Va. these last weeks and ended with the convictions of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy charges is a tragedy for them, their children and the...


Ukraine abandoned, bereft and ignored

 September 6, 2014; Updated: 5:25 pm

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or...


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