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WASHINGTON — A centerpiece of President Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State is mobilizing tribal fighters to join the Iraqi military in retaking Anbar and other Sunni-dominated provinces. But new research shows the jihadists have been working since 2009 to gut the very Sunni tribal leadership on which Obama's rollback depends — making the U.S. campaign much more difficult.

  • Nov. 22nd, 2014  |
  • By By David Ignatius
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No, Virginia, there isn't a Thanksgiving.

"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage and basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter." — Jonathan Gruber on passing Obamacare

  • Nov. 21st, 2014  |
  • By By Ron Hart
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WASHINGTON — There are any number of marvelous things one might do as president, if Congress were not such a checked and balanced mess.

  • Nov. 21st, 2014  |
  • By By Michael Gerson
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My friend Cindy and I were talking in the break room at work one day this week when she said something I found fascinating.

As the president of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, I am often invited to speak on the issue of hunger in our community.

  • Nov. 20th, 2014  |
  • By By Maeghan Jones
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WASHINGTON — The politics of selfishness was embraced enthusiastically last week by Sen. Mitch McConnell.

  • Nov. 20th, 2014  |
  • By By David Ignatius
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Aggression, control, dominance.

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis’ American honeymoon is over (though the whole idea of a papal honeymoon smacks of Borgia-era excess).

  • Nov. 19th, 2014  |
  • By Michael Gerson
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Some women loved Ted Bundy.

As mayors, we all know the health of our city is measured by the health of our citizens.

We have given names, bestowed upon us at birth by parents who liked the name or that represent some family history or legacy.

Replace Kevin Huffman?

Call it the cheeseburger conundrum.

There is no more popular phrase for an elected official to utter than "we are introducing a bill to reduce taxes."

  • Nov. 16th, 2014  |
  • By By Dr. Jonathan Welch
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(Second of two parts) Among Chattanooga's first 53 citizens was Jane Cozby Henderson, a wife, widow and astute businesswoman willing to fight to keep her property on Ross's Landing, according to estate papers donated to the public library in 2008.

  • Nov. 16th, 2014  |
  • By By Suzette Raney
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