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  • The terror of a beheading is just a click away

    “Don’t watch the video. Don’t share it. That’s not how life should be.”

    So tweeted Kelly Foley , a cousin of beheaded journalist James Foley, as the video of the brutal execution began to go viral — as the Islamic State intended.

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  • A threat puts Obama’s legacy in question

    I’ve thought for some time that the Obama administration could look better in the rearview mirror of history than it does in the bumpy ride of the day to day. That may still turn out to be correct.

    Yet events of the past few months — specifically, the rise of the Islamic State and the accompanying specter of a renewed terror threat to the United States — have raised the alarming prospect of a legacy even more dismal than suggested by the current grim poll numbers.

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  • Two governors teach us about when to police political behavior

    The headlines bring the accidentally colliding tale of two governors and, with it, a valuable debate about the proper role — and proper limits — of criminal law in policing political behavior.

    Exhibit A is the questionable — “sketchy” was the apt word used by, of all people, Democratic strategist David Axelrod — indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R).

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  • Learning from Richard Nixon

    Forty years after he slunk out of office, Richard M. Nixon retains the capacity to astonish and disgust.

    Just when you thought you could no longer be shocked by Nixon’s willingness to abuse power, his seething resentments and paranoia and his florid anti-Semitism, another round of tapes emerges.

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  • Ted Cruz’s nerve to blame Democrats

    Ted Cruz must be Texan for chutzpah.

    The Texas Republican gave an interview to NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell the other day, during which he was asked about political dysfunction in Washington. Without a trace of irony, embarrassment or self-awareness, Cruz placed the blame for political dysfunction solely on Democrats.

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