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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem on July 25, 2014.

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Israeli security forces arrest a Palestinian during clashes following traditional Friday prayers near the Old City in East Jerusalem on July 25, 2014.

Fighting on Beaches, Fields, Streets — and Twitter

Fighting on the beaches, fighting in the fields and streets — and fighting on the Internet: The Twitter campaign of the Israeli Defense Forces is waged in the same call to arms for a besieged nation’s defense that Winston Churchill...

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, eight, with a U.S. Border Patrol agent recording family information on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

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Salvadorian immigrant Stefany Marjorie, eight, with a U.S. Border Patrol agent recording family information on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas.

Refugee Children: Humanitarian Challenge or Border Problem

Slowly, perhaps, political leaders around the United States are coming to understand the influx of more than 50,000 children from Central America as the humanitarian crisis which it is, as opposed to another sign of perennial border problems. “The influx...

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 45, 37

 Forty-five percent of registered voters who say they plan to vote Republican for Congress in the Nov. 4 election say they’re more enthusiastic about voting than in previous congressional elections, compared with 37 percent of Democratic backers, according to the...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a  restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

Chili Cheese Dog for Christie, $2.5 Million for Bruce Rauner

Maybe Chris Christie was just trying to own his own political narrative when he ordered a jumbo chili cheese dog with onions and a large vanilla shake. There certainly were lower-calorie options on the menu at a Portillo’s in downtown...

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

Ryan’s New Poverty Plan — ‘Schizo Steroids:’ Van Hollen

Democrats are attacking an ambitious anti-poverty plan from Rep. Paul Ryan by essentially questioning his credibility. And the former vice presidential candidate welcomes it. Ryan, who’s considering a presidential campaign in 2016, pitched his new plan yesterday promising “not a...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden  in Washington on April 2, 2013.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on April 2, 2013.

2016: The Competency Election

If 2000 was the decency election, and 2008 the change election, 2016 could become the competency election. If each presidential election for an open White House offers the American public a new course — specifically in reaction to the most...

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