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Charles Krauthammer: Want an Iraq hypothetical? Try this one on

Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall.

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Kathleen Parker: GOP’s top 10 list to make cut for debate

Because so many Republicans want to be president — or at least pretend they do — debate organizers have decided to eliminate the least popular from the stage based on how they rank in the latest national polls.

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Jonah Goldberg: Will her accomplishment deficit be Clinton’s undoing?

There are plenty of reasons to believe 2016 will be a very ugly election year. Here’s one more.

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Jonah Goldberg: Bush stumbling so far on his ‘joyful’ run

By now everyone has had their say about Jeb Bush’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. The consensus is that Bush misheard Megyn Kelly’s “knowing what we know now” question about the Iraq war. I’m not convinced.

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Ruben Navarrette: Stephanopoulos still linked to Clintons

In 1999, a week after Al Gore claimed that he created the Internet, Bill Clinton appeared at the Gridiron Club’s annual dinner. Having recently been stung by a former close adviser who signed a deal with a television network and penned a memoir distancing himself from the 42nd president, Clinton joked that he, too, was an inventor: “I invented George Stephanopoulos.”

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Kathleen Parker: Pricking such tender skins on campuses these days

Trigger warning: This column will include discussion of ideas that may conflict with your own.

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Ruben Navarrette: Scott Walker dishes up twisted talk on immigration

Wisconsin is known for its cheese. But, when talking about immigration, Gov. Scott Walker is becoming famous for his whine.

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Charles Krauthammer: Fast track on trade is a win Obama needs

That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years.

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Jonah Goldberg: Democrats get their own taste of Obama’s arrogance

These are not good times for the Republic (and if you laughed or scratched your head at me calling America a republic, I rest my case).

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Kathleen Parker: Bush’s candidacy puts family loyalty to test

You know we’re off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

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Jonah Goldberg: Identity politics is always tied to one's views

Imagine it’s 2007 and a prominent journalist is interviewing then-Sen. Barack Obama. “Senator, people are really interested in you and your identity. I just wanted to ask you as a historical matter, when you filled out your application to Columbia, to Harvard Law School, did you list yourself as an African-American?”

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Kathleen Parker: Political faith wars heat up on campaign trail

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians, inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party’s base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.

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A learning process: Becoming a foster parent requires thought, answers

A learning process: Becoming a foster parent requires thought, answers

I knew foster parents were badly needed in Hall County when my husband and I signed up.

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Forging foster bonds not easy or natural

Everyone has an idea of what the role of parent means.

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Foster family adjusting to new roles

Foster family adjusting to new roles

About one month after getting approved as foster parents, my husband and I got our first placement.

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Fostering first: Up early, and little time to spare since

It’s 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday, and my husband taps me.

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Filling a need and a home: A foster parent's journey

Filling a need and a home: A foster parent's journey

We got the call at 3 p.m. on a Monday. Two little ones needed a home.

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