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GOP Congress starts with old politics
After three months of post-election victory parades and promises that well soon see the all-new Good Governance Grand Old Party, this was the week the Republican Party finally delivered.

Government watches where you drive
In the post-9/11 world, our government spies on us. A once-unfathomable concept has now become almost expected for the average American. Many rationalize this imbalance favoring security over privacy with the assumption that if they have nothing to..

Redistribution or inclusion?
RIYADH - The issue of rising income inequality loomed large at this years World Economic Forum in Davos. As is well known, the United States' economy has grown significantly over the past three decades, but the median family's income has not. The..

Obama must speak out about Badawi
We haven't said enough about Raif Badawi. He's the Saudi Arabian blogger who was convicted of insulting Islam and sentenced to ten years in prison, a $266,000 fine and 1,000 lashes to be administered 50 at a time over 20 weeks.

Measles outbreak could have been prevented
Your child has a cough, runny nose, sore throat and a high fever. The symptoms point to a cold. Then white spots appear in the mouth and red spots on the face, and your family pediatrician says its measles. Distressed, you say, "I thought measles w..

Greek burial for German austerity
BERLIN - Not long ago, German politicians and journalists confidently declared that the euro crisis was over; Germany and the European Union, they believed, had weathered the storm. Today, we know that this was just another mistake in an ongoing cr..

Faith and gender
Did you hear about the agnostic dyslexic insomniac? She lay awake all night wondering if there was a Dog. But shes a pretty rare bird. According to a large survey carried out in the United Kingdom by Professor David Voas of the University of Esse..

In nuclear talks, what if Iran can't get to yes?
The news from U.S. negotiators who are trying to persuade Iran to accept binding limits on its nuclear technology was not good last week.

Congress must vote on war against Islamic State
A puzzling aspect of President Obama's war against Islamic State, a military campaign that is now almost six months old, is his attitude toward congressional approval for the mission.

Safe driving for fast companies
MONTREAL - In a car, blind spots are the areas of the road that the rearview and side-view mirrors do not show. A driver must constantly be aware of them - and of the potentially deadly perils they can conceal. Businesses can have blind spots, too ..

Conservatives confused about Common Core
We need to get to the core of Common Core or we wont understand much of what the 25 (and counting) Republican presidential candidates are saying for the next year and a half. Some of them were for the Core before they were against it. Others were..

Improving international responses to Ebola epidemics
The latest World Health Organization statistics indicate that Ebola infection rates are plummeting across West Africa. With 710 new cases confirmed in the past 21 days, this epidemic is far from over. But now that health experts are easing back fro..

What will Abe say to mark 70th anniversary?
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and many countries are gearing up to commemorate major historical events. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is reportedly planning a trip to the United States in the spring during whi..

Europe's Jihadi generation
MADRID - He came from Algeria seeking a better life, anticipating an escape from poverty, oppression, and hopelessness. In Paris, he found a low-skill job and had children and grandchildren. As French citizens, they had the right to an education an..

Ukraine needs military aid
The rockets that killed dozens of civilians in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol last weekend also blew up the futile Western strategy for stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine. President Barack Obama and his European allies desperately hoped th..

Islamic militants spread a plague of violence
The assault lasrt Tuesday on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, which the Islamic State group claims to have carried out, is the latest sign of its deadly spread in the region. The attack cost the lives of at least 10 people, including a former..

Greek election and austerity politics
All eyes were on Europe this week, or more specifically its south-east as Greece held its general election this past Sunday. The nation has felt the brunt of the global economic downturn since 2008 and then some, so voters there went to the polls w..

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