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US foreign policy priorities: Unwavering democratic doctrines will let US shape events again

WASHINGTON - America's top foreign policy to-do's in 2014 include preventing Iran from reaching the nuclear threshold, addressing the humanitarian disaster in Syria, containing an expansionist Russia, managing a rising China and reclaiming its own voice on human rights. Let's take these one at a time.

January 05, 2014 | By Lawrence J. Haas McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


US foreign policy priorities: Leading by example rather than force can restore our global luster

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It is hoped the new year will bring fresh thinking in the Obama administration on foreign affairs. Prompt decisions on a few key issues could enhance our posture, improve our security, and contribute to the pursuit of peace.

January 05, 2014 | By John B. Quigley McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Should Congress give president a free hand to pursue trade deals?

WASHINGTON - Like most Americans, I'm frustrated with the slow rate of economic growth in the United States over the last several years.

December 29, 2013 | By Doug Oberhelman McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Should Congress give president a free hand to pursue trade deals?

WASHINGTON - Fast-track authority is a good idea in auto racing, but not in international trade policy.

December 29, 2013 | By Don Kusler McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Should Congress move quickly to pass climate change legislation?

XIAN, China - Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.

December 08, 2013 | By Andrew P. Morriss McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Should Congress move quickly to pass climate change legislation?

GREEN BAY, Wis. - In its most recent assessment released this fall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that warming of the Earth's climate system is both unequivocal and unprecedented, a conclusion that rests on multiple and independent sources of data.

December 08, 2013 | By Michael E. Kraft McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Will deal keep Iran from going nuclear?

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The interim deal struck with Iran by the "5 plus 1" powers shows promise for achieving the end that Iran will not wind up with a nuclear program. Whether it is the deal that will be responsible for that end depends, of course, on whether Iran was building nuclear weapons at all. If Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, we may never know whether it was the deal that brought that about.

December 01, 2013 | By John B. Quigley McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Will deal keep Iran from going nuclear?

WASHINGTON - The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry.

December 01, 2013 | By Lawrence J. Haas McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Should the Redskins change their name?

WASHINGTON - Dan Snyder remains adamant that he will not change the nickname of his beloved football team.

November 24, 2013 | By Tim Wendel McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Should the Redskins change their name?

LOGAN, Utah - Members of the Oneida Indian Nation are demanding that the National Football League's Washington Redskins change the team's name to something less offensive to American Indians. Sportscaster Bob Costas calls the current nickname "an insult, a slur."

November 24, 2013 | By William F. Shughart Ii McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


The Gettysburg Address: Lincoln spoke to the whole family of man

The Gettysburg Address was a long time "a-birthing," almost nine decades, or, as Lincoln said in one of the best-known phrases in American politics: "Four score and seven years ago"- 87 years being the time between the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and when Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg.

November 17, 2013 | Tack Cornelius | Viewpoint


Con: Should Sebelius be the scapegoat?

WASHINGTON - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius shouldn't be made a scapegoat for the Keystone Kops-like rollout of the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act this fall.

November 03, 2013 | By Wayne Madsen McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Should Sebelius be the scapegoat?

WASHINGTON - Our Botcher-in-Chief is searching for a fall gal to blame for the continuing train wreck that is Obamacare, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seems the likely pick.

November 03, 2013 | By Bogdan Kipling McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Navarrette: Latino names once reviled, now revered

SAN DIEGO - I've heard it all now. It seems that Americans have come full circle on matters of race and ethnicity. What was once considered a liability is now thought to be an advantage.

October 22, 2013 | Ruben Navarrette | Viewpoint


Parker: Missing the marvelous middle

WASHINGTON - This just in from a new Esquire/NBC News study: There are more Americans in the vast middle than on either the left or right.

October 17, 2013 | Kathleen Parker | Viewpoint


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