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Is Israel’s Naval Blockade Of Gaza Legal?

Israel’s Naval Blockade Of Gaza The Monday, May 31 predawn raid of a flotilla attempting to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza has drawn international criticism and calls for Israel to end the blockade. Israel says the blockade is meant to keep weapons out of the hands of Hamas fighters, not keep aid from the reaching […]

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Primary Shows Growing Anti-Washington Sentiment

Anti-Washington Sentiment In a symbol of the growing anti-Washington
sentiment across the country, last week’s Primary Elections in Pennsylvania, Kentucky 
and Arkansas produced results that have the Washington establishment nervous. As each polit-
ical party attempts to analyze the results in order to prepare for the mid-term election in November, 
one thing is certain: It’s an anti-Washington, […]

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The Stealth Nominee; Obama Picks Elena Kagan For Court

The Stealth Nominee The Stealth Nominee; Obama Picks Elena Kagan For Court President Obama recently nominated Elena 
Kagan to be the 112th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court and to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. The nomination was met with mostly praise from Democrats and cautious skepticism from Republicans. While there is no emerging […]

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Drill, Baby, Drill or Spill, Baby, Spill?

Drill, Baby, Drill or Spill, Baby, Spill? On Thursday, April 22, the Deepwater Horizon, an oil drilling rig that had burned for 36 hours in the Gulf of Mexico, sank. The fire went out as the giant platform, operated by Transocean Ltd, and owned by BP, sank below the surface about 42 miles off the […]

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New Arizona Immigration 
Crackdown Stirs Emotional Reaction

New Arizona Immigration Law The recent tragic death of Arizona rancher Rob Krentz made national headlines and brings new attention to the problem of border security. The killing of the third-generation rancher by suspected members of a Mexican drug cartel has become a flashpoint in the immigration debate as residents of border states and politicians […]

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National Day of Prayer – Unconstitutional?

National Day of Prayer In 1952, in a unanimous act by both Houses of Congress, the “National Day of Prayer” (NDP) was enacted into law and signed by President Harry Truman. In 1988, a bill passed by Congress and signed into law by Ronald Reagan further established the first Thursday in May as the day […]

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Obama Focuses On U.S. Nuclear Policy

Obama Focuses On U.S. Nuclear Policy It has been a busy period recently for the Obama administration regarding the issue of nuclear proliferation. The administration released the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), in which is set forth when U.S. policy authorizes the use of nuclear weapons in the event of attack. The review raised some […]

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The Curious Case of Rifqa Bary

The Curious Case of Rifqa Bary Imagine yourself at age 17 being compelled to leave home out of fear of death… from your parents. This scenario describes Fathima “Rifqa” Bary, a Sri Lanka native who ran away from home last year.  Over the past year, Bary’s situation has been newsworthy if not sensationalized in the […]

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The Rise of the Tea Party Movement

The Rise of the Tea Party Movement Shortly after President Obama’s inauguration last year, the Tea Party movement took shape as a result of local community efforts across the country in response to the perceived growth in the power and reach of the federal government not to mention perceived runaway federal spending. The group, consisting […]

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News of the weird: 09/23/14

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – New frontiers in American vacuousness The WE cable network disclosed in August  it had […]

High expectations

Harvest Moon and Balloon Fest returns to Troy By Melissa Markham Photo: The Miami County Harvest Moon and Balloon Festival […]

Troy, unplugged

Fall Farm Festival at Lost Creek Reserve By Tammy Newsom Photo: Visitors take a wagon ride down Scarecrow Lane at […]

Law & Disorder: Blowing up our democracy

Lawmaking for sale By AJ Wagner Last week, I noted how Republicans won’t be formally approving President Barack Obama’s war […]

The bold and the beardless

A clean-shaven Matisyahu at Bogart’s By Alan Sculley Photo: Matisyahu will perform on Sept. 26 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati Aside […]

Advice goddess

By Amy Alkon   Doody-bound You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and […]