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SOWELL: Local or national elections?

Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That may have been true in Tip O’Neill’s day, but some elections are decisively on national issues — and the Congressional elections this year are overwhelmingly national.

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CLINE: Lawrenceville continues to forge link with Georgia Gwinnett College

It was not a coincidence that the grand opening of the Lawrenceville Lawn this past Saturday included a contingent of 50 or so green-clad Georgia Gwinnett College students. Both the venue and the college are vitally important to the city, which stands to benefit from the growth of the local college as well as the emergence of a central gathering place.

RAMPELL: How to close that pay gap

Don’t ask. Just trust that the system will reward you for your compliance. That is the message Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella delivered last week, when prodded for advice to give women who are reluctant to request raises.

THOMAS: Rebuilding Gaza for the next attack

Last weekend at a conference of donor nations held in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss rebuilding Gaza, following the latest exchange of rockets between Hamas and Israel, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged an additional $212 million in U.S. aid for the project, nearly doubling the total U.S. commitment (so far). The Palestinian Authority claims rebuilding could cost $4 billion.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: What did you learn from your siblings?

I read a very interesting article recently about birth order and how it affects children’s personalities. I agreed with some of the points, but not all. Anyway, the article got me thinking, and I came to the conclusion that it’s the way we as children treat our siblings that really has an impact on the people we become

KRAUTHAMMER: The double game our allies play

Guerrilla war is a test of wills. Obama’s actual objectives — rollback in Iraq, containment in Syria — are not unreasonable. But they require commitment and determination.

OUR VIEW: Teacher of the Year finalists best of the best

There are many teaching standouts in a system as large as Gwinnett’s, so imagine trying to find the best of the best.

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BRADY: How do you spell success?

A large number of people in our culture spell success in terms of power, position, popularity and wealth. We can see it written all across their stress-filled faces.

ROBINSON: We are all Liberians now

The Obama administration needs to be much better at communicating a simple fact: Right now, you and I are essentially in no danger of contracting Ebola. But if we don’t act, there will be a danger — and it won’t go away.

SMITH: Walt Garrison no longer in the NFL, but always entertaining

You may remember Walt Garrison, the Dallas Cowboys running back who was a smokeless tobacco advocate. He is one funny guy. If you hire him to speak for you, you will get your money’s worth.

MCCULLOUGH: Suffering from commercialitis

I don’t know about you, but I could go the rest of my life without hearing or seeing certain commercials again.

PARKER: Words to the wise

Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning.

SOWELL: Ebola and Obama

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves.

CEPEDA: The reason for dress codes

Rarely does a day go by that I’m not grateful I no longer have to deal with the pain of enforcing dress codes in public schools.

THOMAS: ISIS, Ebola — Americans can handle the truth

Sometimes it seems the priority of our elected officials and experts is self-protection rather than the protection of the public, which they are supposed to serve. We only know what they tell us. We presume they have access to accurate information, but we only get their version of the truth.

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