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E.J. Dionne: Scotland ultimately voted with its heart and its head

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Scotland's referendum on independence was decided by voters whose hearts said yes but whose heads said no.

Richard Cohen: Kissinger's love of Israel buttressed by understanding

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
At the age of 91, Henry Kissinger has published yet another book -- his 17th in 60 years, according to his biographer Walter Isaacson.

Froma Harrop: We need to rebuild middle class the old-fashioned way

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
The tea party mantra, "I want my country back," resonates with many.

David Sirota: GOP power tied to voter turnout

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout.

Linda Chavez: NFL culture of violence starts on the field

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
I'm not much of a football fan, never have been, but I've lived most of my life in households where games dominated family schedules during football season.

Charles Krauthammer: Can we trust Obama to follow through?

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014
In his Islamic State speech, President Obama said many of the right things.

George Will: U.S. must act to curb Putin's ambitions

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin's fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West's capacity to decide.

Reduce risk of flooding by altering Vischer Ferry Dam

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Out of sight and around the bend is the location of the massive Vischer Ferry Dam and Lock 7 complex. In my opinion, this structure, constructed over a six-year period beginning in 1907, is the key to flood control in the Schenectady, Glenville, Scotia area.

Cuomo a big winner and big loser in primary

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Andrew Cuomo won the renomination of his party for governor of New York — no surprise there. But despite losing her bid to unseat Cuomo, Fordham law professor and progressive challenger Zephyr Teachout accomplished exactly what she set out to: give a chance for dissatisfied Democrats to register their disapproval of Andrew Cuomo’s conservative administration.

David Harsanyi: Senators to blame for attack on the First Amendment

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014
We are, as it always seems, "at a pivotal moment in American history."

Joe Conason: GOP shows true colors in response to Obama speech

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers.

Richard Cohen: A 'broken windows' foreign policy

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
"All politics is local," the late Speaker of the House Tip O' Neill famously said. How right he was

Susan Estrich: In shrinking world, Africa's Ebola problem is ours, too problem

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
As if beheadings were not terrifying enough, as if the spread of extremism and hatred were not unsettling enough, as if the kidnapping of young girls were not horrifying enough, the world now faces another crisis requiring that countries barely able to provide anything approaching minimal medical care in the best of times deal with a deadly epidemic for which there is no medicine, no cure and, in many places, no health-care facilities, let alone isolation wards.

E.J. Dionne: Moderate Republicans fight for greater voice in party

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly.

Charles Kruathammer: Obama can't treat ISIS as he did Ukraine

Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State

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