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Hunt: Yet another House panel will wage the culture wars

There they go again. House Republicans have launched another select investigative committee, a sort of Benghazi panel for the culture wars. This time the target is Planned Parenthood.

Roberts: Vets just want fair benefits

We are now involved in the longest war in U.S. history, fought by an all-volunteer force that has been repeatedly deployed. Advances in medicine and equipment, particularly on the battlefield, mean that more service members come home injured but alive, entitled to disability compensation rather than a hero's burial.

Rubin: Chalabi legacy haunts Iraq

Let us pause to mark the death of Ahmad Chalabi, the suave Iraqi exile beloved by Vice President Dick Cheney and top Bush administration officials.

Dwyer: To make debates substantive, give candidates the questions ahead of time

If the Republicans are right that televised debates have turned into cage matches and that moderators betray a liberal bias, there’s a solution. Before next Tuesday’s debate hosted by Fox Business News, how about letting the candidates see the questions in advance?

McFeatters: The political season raises a question: Are Americans becoming less compassionate?

Are Americans becoming less compassionate? As we approach the “giving” season, when we also pause to give thanks for what we have, the politics in the land are worrisome.

Krauthammer: Take the winnings and run

Where do Republicans get that special talent for turning gold to dross? They score an electoral "massacre" (The Economist) in 2014 and, a year later, what do they have to show for it, other than another threat to shut down the government?

Robinson: GOP outsiders have found their way in, and they aren't going away

WHY HAVEN'T Donald Trump and Ben Carson faded away? Because they're saying what much of the Republican Party base wants to hear on such emotional issues as immigration, gun rights and opposition to President Barack Obama.

Thomas: Ryan is right -- the GOP needs to embrace a vision

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)  

McArdle: The cost of the cheapest Obamacare plans is going up

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2016 premium data for the “benchmark” plans in the states using federal exchanges. Those are the second-lowest-cost Silver plans in each area, a benchmark chosen by health-care experts using arcane methods involving chicken entrails and a pound of dry rhinoceros horn.

Pitts: Science confirms the reality of implicit racial bias

I once read a question that went as follows: Two groups of young men are walking on opposite sides of the street. One group is black, the other, white. Both are loud and swaggering, both have baseball caps turned to the back, both are brandishing bats. Which one is the baseball team ,and which one is the street gang?

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