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No easy answers in ISIS strategy

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

The United States should recognize the limited scope of what it can achieve as it returns military advisers to Iraq and plots strategic airstrikes in Syria to curb the growing terrorism threat in the two volatile nations. No matter how many smart bombs are dropped or megalomaniacal leaders are killed, the twisted ideology that birthed Islamic State — the terrorist group previously known as al-Qaida in Iraq — won’t be

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  • Organization and funding needed to crush Ebola

    Posted on September 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The Ebola virus is one of the least understood but most deadly viruses on the African continent, spreading rapidly if not checked in its early stages. The current outbreak threatens to become a continental pandemic. Initially, health officials thought the outbreak was contained along the Liberia-Guinea border, but with people traveling to escape it or to conduct business, the virus has spread to other regions. Now, African nations are asking

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  • Congress should decide on war sooner rather than later

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:49 am

    You’d never know it from events of the past week, but the Constitution gives Congress, not the president, the power to declare war. So now it’s up to Congress to assert that power by debating President Obama’s plan for the United States to step up air strikes and take other action against the Islamic State, with the goal to “degrade and ultimately destroy” it. When one nation declares its intention

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  • Compromise is the only way to make progress

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Congress will be in session again beginning today after its summer break, but don’t expect anything of substance to emerge from the gridlocked ladies and gentlemen. It’s mostly for show in the run-up to mid-term elections. Much of what happens will be designed to try to better position the parties as the November election nears. Democrats likely will revive failed bills that would increase the minimum wage, allow college students

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  • Tax on medical devices should be tossed

    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Senate Republicans, hoping to gain the Senate majority in this year’s elections, are preparing an agenda aimed at extracting concessions from President Obama, rather than sweeping demands that would result in government-closing standoffs. It’s a responsible strategy, one that would advance the conservative cause without dismissing the possibility of compromise. And one component of that agenda should be particularly popular with voters: repealing the

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  • International effort needed to get rid of Ebola

    Posted on September 13, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The United Nations warns that the intensive global medical effort needed to contain the Ebola virus sweeping through parts of West Africa could cost as much as $600 million. Ebola has killed 1,900 people so far — about half of those who have become infected — and has recently crossed from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone into two more nations. U.N. officials estimate that 20,000 people could die in the

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  • World Health Organization essential in battling epidemics

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Were it not for horribly misguided Islamic religious fanatics in northern Nigeria and tribal Pakistan, the World Health Organization might have been able to eradicate polio this year. And in fact the organization and its health care allies have succeeded in eliminating rinderpest, a disease affecting cattle that is deadly serious if you live in rural parts of the world where your existence depends on cattle. Thus, in a world

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