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GEORGE WILL: Jeb Bush's hurdles

OPINION: Former Flordia governor wants to bring joy to political campaign

Jeb Bush, 61, is the tax-cutting, fiscally austere, school-choice promoting, gun-rights protecting, socially conservative, Spanish-speaking former two-term governor of the most important swing state. But for some Republicans, his virtues and achievements are vitiated by his positions on immigration and the Common Core education standards.

KRAUTHAMMER: How to fight the lone wolf

The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

HUCKABY: Still searching for peace on earth, good-will to men

It’s almost Christmas, which is so special for so many reasons.

YARBROUGH: Friendships are truly the gift that keeps on giving

Maybe it’s the fact that I have more days in the rearview mirror than I have ahead of me, but at this special time of year I am more aware than ever of the gift of friendships.

SMITH: You never feel blue in Blue Ridge

It’s a destination I always look forward to, and getting to Blue Ridge is half the fun.

MCCULLOUGH: Embracing the Age of the Nerd

Children of the 1970s and 1980s are now in position to make once-nerdy things cool.

ROBINSON: A win for the Cuban people

President Obama’s historic opening to Cuba is long overdue — and has a chance of hastening the Castro dictatorship’s demise. Critics of the accord should explain why they believe a policy that has failed miserably for half a century could ever work.

SOWELL: Trying to define the meaning of torture

If we cannot see beyond the moment today, we will pay dearly tomorrow and in many more tomorrows.

CEPEDA: Now that’s a real wildfire

The story is a doozy — a tale of corruption, prosecutorial abuse, alleged fraud upon the court, and possible government cover-ups in the service of power and greed.

CEPEDA: The rainbow that isn’t

Though the rainbow coalition philosophy of overcoming racial injustice is a lovely ideal, I’m afraid it isn’t going to gain traction.

CLINE: Keep your sanity with some timely reminders this holiday season

Reminders don’t adhere to a schedule. They pop up unexpectedly, sometimes at the very moment you need a good reason to keep from jumping off the edge of the cliff.

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PRYOR: Despite e-commerce, shopping malls continue to see growth

While online shopping has become prevalent among consumers, trends clearly suggest that in-person shopping is here to stay. Despite the major growth in e-commerce, consumers continue to do the majority of their shopping at brick and mortar stores.

THOMAS: Gov. Mike Pence: National government is not the nation

Mike Pence is a model of humility and restraint. While some characterize Obama as a failed president, Pence will only label his tenure “disappointing.” That in itself is in sharp contrast to the hubris, narcissism and self-awareness of Obama.

HUCKABY: Christmas in the classroom used to be a lot more fun

I got together with some old teacher friends last week and we began waxing nostalgic about the good old days—back when teaching was more fun because we had more freedom in the classroom.

KRAUTHAMMER: A travesty of a report

A nation attacked is not a laboratory for exquisite moral experiments. It’s a trust to be protected, by whatever means meet and fit the threat.

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