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  • Iowa Poll on 2016 presidential race an occasion for fantasy politics [Commentary]

    Iowa Poll on 2016 presidential race an occasion for fantasy politics [Commentary]
    Three years before the next presidential election, Republican also-rans are making noises about trying again. The most conspicuous is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa caucuses in 2008 but quickly faded and pivoted to his own television show to lick his wounds and contemplate his future.
  • William A. Miller Jr., newsman

    William A. Miller Jr., newsman
    William A. Miller Jr., a seasoned newsman and public relations executive who was the first managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, died Wednesday of heart disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 88. "He was a very special...

    Cal Thomas: The 2012 choice

    Cal Thomas: The 2012 choice
    This election will tell us what kind of America we believe in. Is it the one our Founders bequeathed, of limited government, or is it the one re-made in the image of liberal, paternalistic government? The choice, as President Barack Obama has said, could...

    A glimmer of hope on the deficit

    If the Bowles-Simpson commission deficit reduction plan is dead, somebody evidently forgot to tell Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson. Their proposal to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade fell one vote short of the majority needed to...

    Obama's second-term dilemma

    Obama's second-term dilemma
    Second terms have rarely been kind to American presidents. Our last two-term leader, George W. Bush, ended his tenure with a financial crash so disastrous that his own party has tried to erase him from memory. Mr. Bush's predecessor, Bill Clinton, was...