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    Commentary: What the GOP field should know about Rick Perry

    Let's assume Rick Perry runs for president. Once a high-profile leader says he doesn't want the job but then starts talking about it and giving speeches around the country as the election heats up, you can bet he's running. Here, then, are a few things his GOP opponents need to know about Texas' ...

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    Commentary: Whitey Bulger and the lure of those on the lam

    I'm sure I'm not the only person who entertained a momentary twinge of regret when I heard that James "Whitey" Bulger, the legendary South Boston gangster, had been apprehended after 16 years on the run. But there's absolutely nothing about him even vaguely romantic or slightly sympathetic. Murder...

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    Commentary: Imagine the thoughts in Blagojevich's veins

    A blue vein ran along the back of Rod Blagojevich's left hand, snaking back from the base of his index finger as the former governor of Illinois took that beating in federal court Monday. He was mute, perhaps numb, but that vein of his did all the talking.

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    Commentary: 'Mormon issue' still handicaps Romney

    Much has changed since Mitt Romney last ran for president. The economy has gotten worse and the United States killed Osama bin Laden. Sadly, one thing that hasn't changed is the reluctance of a significant number of Americans to vote for him because of his Mormon faith.

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    Commentary: Race and class determine justice in America

    A man kills two people with his speeding Porsche and gets house arrest at his oceanfront condo. Another leaves a blow-up doll in a school restroom and faces trial on charges that could put him away for eight years. It ought not surprise you to learn that one is white and fabulously wealthy, while...

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    Commentary: Obama's announcement marks a pivot point in Afghanistan

    In 1966, as President Lyndon B. Johnson was becoming ever more enmeshed in the war in Vietnam, a Republican senator from Vermont named George D. Aiken proposed an audacious alternative strategy. The United States, Aiken said, should declare victory and withdraw. There was an element of Aikenism ...

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    Commentary: Obama should make the 'Big Green Buy'

    Now that anti-science Republicans have taken control of the House, and the Cancun climate summit made only modest progress, pessimism about fighting climate change is fast congealing into conventional wisdom. Those on both sides of the issue say there is no chance of strong action emerging from ...

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    Commentary: For the TSA, all risks are created equal

    John Pistole, the head of the Transportation Security Administration, recently told The Atlantic in an interview that "we'll never eliminate risk" of terrorist attacks on aviation.

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    Commentary: U.S. budget woes more than just a math problem

    Washington is awash in plans for ways to bring the national debt under control. But even the most thoughtful and comprehensive proposals, including those in the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles national fiscal commission report, have tackled the problem as something to be solved with the right combination...

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    Commentary: The oceans' SOS

    The ocean is our global heat reservoir and one of two major carbon dioxide sinks. If you agree that humans are trapping heat and carbon dioxide in the planet's atmosphere - and 53 years of rigorous observations at Scripps and other research institutions show that we are - then the ocean must be ...

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