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  • The Most Important Subcommittee

    On Thursday the Subcomittee on Defense Appropriations of the House Committee on Appropriations will meet for a hearing at which Secretary of Defense Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Dempsey will testify. (S second closed oversight hearing follows Friday.) Here is the background on the Department of Defense…

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  • A Letter from Africa

    I am writing this column from Cameroon during my sixth trip to Africa. Having travelled to some 20 African countries, I find myself, like so many other visitors to Africa before me, intoxicated with the continent. And I am not referring to the animals, as much as I have been…

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  • “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box

    “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box

    Thriller writer extraordinaire C.J. Box is back with me today, discussing his new novel, Stone Cold which has a subplot that is torn from today's headline story from the New Yorker on Peter Lanza, the father of Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza. The dilemma of what to do about disturbed…

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  • Obama and America’s Decline

    As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to earn new respect for American leadership around the world but a new Gallup Poll shows his miserable failure in that effort. Only 41 percent of Americans think “leaders of other countries respect Barack Obama” while a clear majority—53 percent—say “they don't respect him.”…

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  • #DefenseFirst

    #DefenseFirst

    Former Senators Jim Talent and Jon Kyl –two of the most respected alums of the body– lay it all out for you in this piece. Read it and send it to friends and friendly opponents alike. We are not hollowing out but gutting the military, and it will cause misery…

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  • Right Title for Arizona Fight: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

    Right Title for Arizona Fight: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

    The passage by a Republican legislature, and subsequent veto by a Republican governor, of the wildly controversial “Religious Freedom” Law in Arizona qualifies as neither triumph nor tragedy. Democrats may react to the outcome of the dispute by invoking a Shakespearean comedy: “All's Well that Ends Well.” For the rest…

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