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The fight for free speech

As I have often reported, FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) continually fights in the courts and media to protect the free speech rights of students and faculty on college campuses -- no matter their politics or religion (or absence of any).

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ISIS group a formidable foe

President Obama’s recent “tough talk” on the ISIS/ISIL terrorist group now rampaging across Iraq is a far cry from his earlier dismissal of them as a “jayvee team.”

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Business Pulse: 9-21-14

Business Pulse: 9-21-14

Some of you may have noticed the story on the front page of Friday’s paper reporting on how the Chamber of Commerce has parted ways with its president of seven years, Alicea Weddington. In making the decision, the Chamber board of directors said it was time to head in a different direction.

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Push for peace is challenging

Maybe next time, they'll award the Nobel Peace Prize at the end of a politician's tenure rather than the beginning. There was always something mildly farcical about the Swedish committee recognizing President Obama's lofty rhetoric in advance of real achievements.

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Ebola is a U.S. problem too

When Steve was hosting a show on NPR this week, several callers questioned whether the United States should be sending 3,000 troops and $500 million to help control the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

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Invasion of privacy snatchers

I have made it devilishly hard for hackers to steal nude pictures of me off my computer -- by not taking any. It's so much simpler than trying to remember a big, long password and trying to keep the photos private.

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Obama delays immigration reform

In light of President Obama's decision to delay his much-anticipated edict on immigration until after November's elections, some critics are asking why the president and Democrats in Congress didn't pass immigration reform back when they had overwhelming majorities in both House and Senate.

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Is Romney the hope for GOP?

Richard Nixon lost the presidency in 1960, was pilloried in his own party for losing to so inexperienced an opponent as John F. Kennedy and eight years later was elected to the White House. Ronald Reagan tried twice, in 1968 and 1976, and didn't win the Republican nomination until 1980, when he was elected president.

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President talks tough on ISIL

On Wednesday night, President Obama revealed his long-awaited strategy for dealing with the emerging ISIS threat. He began by saying, “My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.”

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Business Pulse: 9-14-14

Business Pulse: 9-14-14

The claims there are no jobs anywhere to be found are finally beginning to subside as I think everyone realizes there are plenty of jobs available for folks who are willing to work.

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Black Americans still unequal

Here are "14 Disturbing Stats About Racial Inequality in American Public Schools" from The Nation:

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Clinton and W. join together

When Bill Clinton and George W. Bush announced a project jointly sponsored by their presidential libraries, news coverage focused on the style, not the substance, of the event.

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The beauty of county fairs

My 8- and 10-year-old nephews visiting from the Big City had never been to a county fair. Maybe in their rich county in their rich state, they didn't have them.

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Will Dems embrace filibusters?

During Harry Reid's tenure as majority leader, there has been no dirtier word in the Senate than "filibuster." On perhaps a million occasions, Reid and his Democratic colleagues have accused Republicans of using the 60-vote requirement to obstruct the Senate and prevent lawmakers from doing the country's business.

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