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CHINESE CHESS

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China extending its air-defense identification zone (ADIZ) to include the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, of which Japan has administrative control, is China’s latest move in the strategic chess game for power and influence in Asia. It’s one more step in China’s strategy to erode U.S. and its ally’s military superiority in the region. The Obama administration’s “pivot” or “rebalancing” to Asia is intended to counter China’s strategy, but it will only work if Washington firmly stands its ground when China challenges it.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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FLASH MOB AND KNOCKOUT CRIMES

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Flash-mob crimes and teenagers knocking out random strangers on the street are rare in the overall scheme of things; although they are on the increase. They don’t compare to murders in Chicago or fights that occur in Walmart stores on Black Friday, for example. Nevertheless, they represent a disturbing wave of lawlessness that justifiably should concern Americans.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WILL SARAH PALIN RUN AGAIN FOR OFFICE?

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Sarah Palin has remained in the national spotlight ever since she ran with John McCain in the 2008 presidential election; although the intense media coverage and liberal attacks on her had dropped off considerably until MSNBC’s Martin Bashir advocated that someone defecate in her mouth. With rumors that Mrs. Palin may run for a Senate seat in Alaska in 2014 or that she might run for president in 2016, this is a good time to ask if Palin will run again for office and if she has matured and developed sufficiently as a politician to win either of those elections.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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REMEMBERING JFK

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Fifty years ago, I was attending an English class at Quincy College in Quincy, Illinois, when I learned that President Kennedy had been shot. Like the rest of America, I spent the next three days watching television and thinking about what it all meant. I didn’t know it then, but JFK was to have a lasting impact on my political perspective; although I’ve never voted for a Democrat.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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HONORING OUR VETERANS BY PRESERVING THEIR LELGACY

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The legacy of America’s veterans from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan is the U.S. armed forces they created and sustained. We can best preserve that legacy and honor our veterans by concerning ourselves with the plight of America’s warriors on active duty.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE OBMACARE DEBACLE

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President Obama’s Teflon presidency has been attributable to the mainstream media’s propensity to devote little time to his misstatements and mistakes, the President’s remarkable oratory skills, and his willingness to willfully deceive Americans if it serves the “greater good.” He’s been a superhero-like figure, loved and hated, seemingly immune from slings and arrows of his enemies. All that’s changing, but if Republicans want to exploit this opportunity, they have to do more than throw rocks.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE TEA PARTY, ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS AND THE AMERICAN LEFT

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The continuing-resolution/debt-limit battle is over, temporarily; but Democrats and establishment Republicans continue to criticize Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives and Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) for their hard-line stance on defunding Obamacare. Are they the future of the Republican Party or harbingers of a third-party?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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THE SPITE HOUSE

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“Politics ain’t bean bag,” said Mr. Dooley, an Irish-American character created by writer Finley Peter Dunne in an 1895 newspaper column. It’s a rough and tumble blood sport. However, the party in power has no right to spite the American people to attack the opposition; but that’s precisely what the Obama White House has done.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

 

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LOOKING BEYOND THE SHUTDOWN

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Looking beyond the government shutdown, a skirmish in a larger struggle for the heart and soul of America, will Democrats succeed in transforming the United States into an entitlement state or won’t they, that is the question. All their chips are on the table.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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POLITICAL VINDICTIVENESS

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Nothing demonstrates how petty and vindictive President Obama can be than the closure of national memorials and parks. They weren’t closed during previous shutdowns and it takes more money and personnel to keep vets away from the Vietnam Veterans, Korean War, and World War II memorials than it does to allow access to them. President Obama simply wants to make the shutdown as painful as possible for everyday Americans and blame it all on Republicans. This inexcusable behavior should anger every American. This is beneath the office of the President of the United States.

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KILLING JESUS: THE GOSPEL OF BILL

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I just finished reading Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus: a History. (Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, New York, Henry Holt and Company, 2013). If you liked Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, you should like Killing Jesus, unless you are one of those people who consider O’Reilly’s treatment of the life of Christ sacrilegious, in which case you probably won’t read the book. Many of O’Reilly’s critics that have read the book have verbally trashed it. I think they’re wrong.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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A DIFFERENT CONVERSATION ABOUT MASS SHOOTINGS

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The Washington Navy Yard shootings reignited the never-ending debate between gun controllers and gun owners over gun control. You’ve heard the arguments numerous times so I won’t repeat them here; and it’s unnecessary because gun control is going nowhere at the federal level. We have almost as many guns as we have people in the United States; and gun owners have more political clout than gun controllers. The question remains, however, how do we prevent mass shootings? Here’s a three-pronged solution to the problem.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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DON PUTIN MAKES OBAMA AN OFFER HE CAN’T REFUSE

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Watching Russian President Vladimir Putin outsmart President Obama, I felt like I was watching a remake of The Godfather. No matter how you feel about Barack Obama, no American should enjoy watching the top Russian crime boss make the world’s top cop look foolish.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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PRESIDENT OBAMA BLINKS

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The president who has treated Congress as if it were an advisory board rather than a co-equal branch of government suddenly wants congressional authorization, which he does not require, for a military strike on Syria.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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ASSAD, CHEMICAL WEAPONS AND OBAMA

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A year ago, President Barack Obama said that if the Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons in Syria, it would cross a red line that would result in “serious consequences.” Last week, Assad crossed that line again, killing hundreds and debilitating several thousand with a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus. Will President Obama impose serious consequences this time?  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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