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 Belhaven, N.C., Mayor Adam O'Neal, left, walked to Washington, D.C., to draw attention to state leaders who won't accept new Medicaid funding under the Affordable Care Act.

Studies have forecast that states' refusal to expand Medicaid will mean thousands of preventable deaths each year, and the victims aren't just the poor.


Posted on July 29, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.
 Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wipes his face as he speaks at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Trying to win forgiveness for pushing a failed immigration overhaul, Rubio is rushing to woo social conservatives ahead of a potential 2016 White House run. While Rubio has consistently held conservative positions on abortion and gay marriage, his emphasis now is an effort to find support among social conservatives who have yet to settle on a favored candidate in the presidential campaign that is in its nascent stages.

For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.


Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.
 In this June 6, 2014 file photo, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a gala prior to the start of the Virginia GOP Convention in Roanoke, Va.   Ryan proposed a new plan July 24 to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute.

"Experimenting" with people's food-stamp money is not something we should sign onto.


Posted on July 28, 2014 at 5:04 p.m.
 Smoke fills the skyline following Israeli shelling in Gaza City, Monday, July 28, 2014. A truce between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:51 p.m.

If you want to minimize civilian casualties, then minimize the dangers of war, by no longer coming to the rescue of those who start wars.

 Parents cheer for their team at  a Little League All-Stars baseball game in Middlebury on Friday, June 27, 2014.
Posted on July 27, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Is it a crime to parent "free-range" kids? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate.

 This June 25, 2014 file photo shows a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally as they are stopped in Granjeno, Texas.
Posted on July 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

We need to stop comparing ourselves to Mexico. What’s the point? When dealing with immigrants and refugees, the United States is a much better country. We must realize that. Let’s start acting like it.

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Is no place so hallowed or holy that we would never think to use it as a stage upon which to showcase the fizzy wonderfulness of our own selves?

 This Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, shows a displaced Christian girl who fled the violence in Mosul with her family, in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul. Iraq was home to an estimated 1 million Christians before the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Since then, militants have frequently targeted Christians across the country, bombing their churches and killing clergymen. Under such pressures, many Christians have left the country. Church officials now put the community at around 450,000.
Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.

We tend to think global conflicts are distant and somewhat irrelevant. And it is our good fortune to be able to do so. But our growing border surge is shining a light on the fact that things are getting closer.

 President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he boards Air Force One to return to Washington at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Posted on July 26, 2014 at 7:28 p.m.

When was this era of harmony that Obama has somehow forfeited? It never happened. And it's not likely to emerge under his successor.

 A man taking part in a job fair at IUSB fills out paperwork in August 2011.
Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.

To me, being unemployed means you are seeking work but no one is hiring. If you’re not working, it means you are not seeking employment but simply mooching off relatives or a girlfriend because you are lazy.

 A view of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse that houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Washington.  Obama's health care law is enmeshed in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:33 p.m.

We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government.

 President Barack Obama shows his free throw technique to a couple of people at Canter's Restaurant Bakery Delicatessen along Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:09 p.m.

The job of a leader is to shorten it, to intervene on behalf of "the fierce urgency of now." Otherwise, why do we need a president? And why did you seek to become ours?

 In this Saturday, July 19, 2014 photo, displaced Christians who fled the violence in Mosul, pray at Mar Aframa church in the town of Qaraqoush on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq. The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. By the time the deadline imposed by the Islamic State extremist group expired, the vast majority of Christians in Mosul had made their decision. They fled.
Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

What makes many of these conflicts so intractable is, in a word, indoctrination. Young people in far too many places are taught to hate and fear the “other,” passing ancient divisions rooted in religious and ethnic identities from one generation to the next.


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 Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity tweeted this photo of himself with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on a gunboat patrolling the Texas border July 10, 2014

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:57 p.m.
 People look at pictures of the victims of the Malaysian Airlines crash in a central square in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site, which has been controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.
 A protester waves a Texas flag and anti-immigration signs during a protest against people who immigrate illegally, Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Conroe, Texas.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
 Adam Kwasman, a tea party candidate for Congress, tweeted t his picture of a school bus outside Oracle, Ariz. Kwasman joined others protesting the arrival of a busload of undocumented immigrant children from Central America.

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:12 p.m.
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