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Cheney’s Tortured Logic

WASHINGTON -- Does Dick Cheney matter? Are the former vice president's comments on the torture report worth dissecting? Some friends, as I mused the other day about what topic to tackle, argued no: Cheney is history. Too easy a target. Enough about torture. What about a nice holiday column? But Cheney's torture remarks are both too outrageous and, judging from my inbox, too common to ignore. When I wrote last week both praising release of

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Governing vs. Giving

It's the season for giving. That doesn't mean it's the season for government. Government creates loyalty in the minds of citizens by pretending to be Santa Claus, doling out gifts and favors. Politicians claim they help those unfortunates who aren't helped by coldhearted capitalism. The truth is, government gets in the way of charity, making it harder for people to help others and for the poor to help themselves. It also gets in the way

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A U.S.-China "Reset"?

BEIJING -- This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a dominant one. But now there has been progress on climate, trade and security issues and what seems a modest "reset" of the Sino-American relationship. Future disagreements between the U.S. and China are inevitable. But the surprise of a high-level dialogue here last weekend

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We’re Having the Race Conversation

If you believe the polls, or watch cable TV news, you may be halfway convinced that race relations in America have somehow grown worse during the tenure of the first black president. But if that seems counterintuitive, that's because, well, it is. It's counterintuitive and it's wrong. Yes, people are marching in the streets. Yes, NBA stars are wearing "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts. Yes, Bill O'Reilly puts the blame on Barack Obama for facilitating what

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Congressional Reaction Mixed to Cuba Policy Shift

Next year’s Congress just got a whole lot more interesting. In announcing historic plans to normalize relations with Cuba, President Obama spoke about establishing a U.S. embassy in Havana and working with Congress to lift the decades-old embargo of the communist country located 90 miles from Miami. Good luck with the latter part. The White House’s move Wednesday was met by mixed reactions on Capitol Hill, where support and opposition to both policy and strategy

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Obama Moves to Normalize Relations With Cuba

President Obama announced Wednesday his decision to establish -- without Congress -- diplomatic relations with Cuba, lifting restrictions on travel and trade in ways he hopes can advance human rights and democracy on the communist island just 90 miles from U.S. shores. "Today we are making these changes because it is the right thing to do," Obama said in remarks from the Cabinet Room. "Today America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past,

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Rubio, Jeb Bush Take Dim View of New U.S.-Cuba Policy

The two Florida Republicans who are considering campaigns for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination -- Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush -- offered reactions to Wednesday’s major breaking news involving the release of a U.S. hostage in Cuba and its implications for changes in relations between the two nations.   Within minutes of the announcement that American contractor Alan Gross had been released from captivity after five years and reports that the Obama

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Administration Fact Sheet: Changes in Relations With Cuba

Fact Sheet: Charting a New Course on Cuba Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11 million Cubans who share similar hopes for

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