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John Dickerson: Lack of trust in Obama didn’t kill immigration reform

The death of immigration reform comes at a time when House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is suing President Obama for exceeding his executive authority. The two are linked.

Kevin Baine: Hobby Lobby won’t take away anyone’s birth control

Virtually all of the criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision has assumed that women who work for Hobby Lobby and other religious businesses will lose their free contraceptives. That’s false. As Justice Samuel Alito explained in his opinion for the court, the effect of its ruling on these women’s access to contraception is “precisely zero.”

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Court ruling not a ‘narrow’ decision

Relax. This is not a slippery slope.

Thomas L. Friedman: Why the fate of Ukraine matters

You can’t make this up. The Guardian reported last week that Ukrainians crowdfunded the first “people’s drone” to help their army stem infiltration by Russian-supported rebels in Ukraine’s eastern provinces that border Russia.

Chapman Rackaway: Davis dodging the tax question

Spare a thought for Paul Davis. The House minority leader from Lawrence doesn’t seem like he needs sympathy, so offering it might seem odd.

Cal Thomas: Federalist Papers are America’s DNA

The reach and cost of big government are growing before our eyes and eroding our liberty, largely because too many Americans are not familiar with the brilliant system of government our founders established.

Martin Schram: Pensions, benefits also need improving at VA

MEMO TO: Veterans Affairs Secretary-designate Robert A. McDonald

Jerry Moran and Ajit Pai: Rural students deserve 21st-century education

As sons of rural Kansas, we are committed to ensuring that children who grow up in the Sunflower State receive the same educational opportunities as students anywhere in America. One of the tools for making certain that rural students receive a 21st-century education is broadband Internet access. Broadband can be the great equalizer; with an Internet connection, where you live doesn’t determine what information and resources you can access.

John P. Abizaid and Rosa Brooks: U.S. needs a rule book for drones

To understand why U.S. drone strikes outside traditional battlefields make so many people so uneasy, look to the past and look to the future.

Susan Crawford: Allow cities to take on big cable companies

A group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission last week demanding it do everything in its power to let cities build competitive fiber networks. It’s the next big fight in telecom policy – and the FCC is going to need all the help it can get.

Trudy Rubin: Cheney is up to his old tricks again

For Dick Cheney, Iraq means never having to say you’re sorry.

Cal Thomas: If Obama really wants to help, change policies

President Obama appears to have forgotten – or ignored – why we have elections. One reason is to stop, or slow down, an agenda the public doesn’t like.

Barry Grissom: All equal in the eyes of the law

President Kennedy did not know when he delivered his historic civil rights address on June 11, 1963, that he would not live to see what he had done. He well knew, though, that while America was facing a legal and moral crisis he needed to strike a steady tone and to point the way toward higher ground.

Dan K. Thomasson: Shortage of functioning brain cells in Washington, D.C.

Here’s the situation as it now stands in this capital of the Western world, if it still is.

Paul Krugman: Kansas shows enduring power of bad ideas

Two years ago Kansas embarked on a remarkable fiscal experiment: It sharply slashed income taxes without any clear idea of what would replace the lost revenue. Gov. Sam Brownback proposed the legislation – in percentage terms, the largest tax cut in one year any state has ever enacted – in close consultation with the economist Arthur Laffer. And Brownback predicted that the cuts would jump-start an economic boom. “Look out, Texas,” he proclaimed.

Ramesh Ponnuru: Obama went too far for Supreme Court’s liberals

Much has been made of the Supreme Court slapping down the Obama administration unanimously Thursday – twice. It ruled that the administration acted unconstitutionally by making recess appointments when Congress had not said it was in recess. And it unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law regulating anti-abortion protesters was unconstitutional. The administration had urged that it be upheld.

Lanhee Chen: Obamacare’s outlook goes from poor to critical

A nightmare for Affordable Care Act supporters has been the possibility that only the sick would be left to purchase insurance through its exchanges, driving premiums up and insurers out. While the law’s boosters have been quick to dismiss the possibility that such a so-called death spiral could occur, data published in the Wall Street Journal suggest that this chain of events may not be so far-fetched after all.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Halfway there is still only halfway

But I have promises to keep

Michael Smith and Bob Graham: Teach students to change status quo

We are experiencing the consequences of a long decline in citizenship – one that has afflicted politics with incivility, intolerance, excessive partisanship and grid-lock. This has cascaded to cynicism, as Americans withdraw from a political system from which they have disconnected.

Shawn Sullivan: Tax cuts growing economy

H. Edward Flentje misrepresented Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts and their alleged effect on property taxes, as well as the governor’s commitment to funding our state obligations (“Tax shift harms rural Kansas,” June 22 Opinion).

David Brooks: A spiritual recession

For the past few centuries, the Western world has witnessed a contest of historic visions. On the one side was the dream of the beautiful collective. Human progress was a one-way march toward socialism. People would liberate themselves from religion, hierarchy and oppression. They would build a new kind of society where equality would be the rule, where rational planning would replace cruel competition.

Thomas E. Perez: Take the lead on paid leave

Forty years ago this weekend, my father died of a heart attack at the age of 52. I was 12, so as time goes by I remember less and less about him. But one vivid memory is of him always coming to my baseball games. And so when I had children, I promised myself that I would do the same – not just to be in the stands cheering for them, but on the sidelines coaching them.

Charles Krauthammer: Constitutional overreach not new for Obama

The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases. Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.

Sens. Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Rand Paul: Erect safeguards against mass surveillance

One year ago this month, Americans learned that their government was engaged in secret dragnet surveillance, which contradicted years of assurances to the contrary from senior government officials and intelligence leaders.

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