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Parker: Palmetto State sagas drone on

WASHINGTON — As a South Carolinian, it befalls me to examine the peculiarities afflicting our former governor and now-congressman Mark Sanford, who, contrary to decorum and taste, continues to demand attention.

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Krauthammer: Obama again sounds an uncertain trumpet

WASHINGTON — In his Islamic State speech, President Barack Obama said many of the right things. Most importantly, he finally got the mission right: degrade and destroy the enemy.

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Goldberg:Obama's ‘optics’ not enough to uphold US honor

“I should have anticipated the optics,” President Barack Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. “Part of this job is also the theater of it,” he said. “It’s not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters.”

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Krauthammer: Ukraine is abandoned by Obama's ambivalence

WASHINGTON — At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Barack 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 consequential, thing he said.

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When government draws the shades

Several recent events in North Georgia involving government transparency — or the lack thereof  prompted friends and colleagues in other parts of the country to ask whether I am living in some 18th century time warp, as they frequently perceive this portion of the country, where absolutists reign with absolute disregard for their subjects.

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Goldberg: A Web-fueled foreign legion for losers

On the Internet, you’re never really alone. Name any fad, any cause, any hobby or passion — Shaker furniture? Dungeons and Dragons, Bolivian tree frogs? — and you’re only a few clicks away from someone who shares your obsession.

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