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O'REILLY: The color of hope

Until the American leadership begins to encourage the return of the traditional black family, the enormous problems of black poverty and crime will continue. And the fear of young black men will continue. And the death of innocents will continue.

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CEPEDA: Getting into the calorie-count habit

Awareness precedes both prevention and reduction. Let calorie counts become as ubiquitous as supersize sugary drinks and then we can have a fair conversation about measuring effectiveness.

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SOWELL: Random thoughts from wise thinkers

A look at some poignant quotations from leaders and other random folks.

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ROBINSON: Denied the right to be young

Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night with a verdict setting his killer free.

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PARKER: The GOP's principled suicide

WASHINGTON -- Republicans seem to be adopting the self-immolation tactics of principled martyrs. Of course, principled or not, you're still dead in the end.

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CEPEDA: Saying no to alcohol

I felt less peer pressure to drink as an undergraduate at a state university with a legitimately terrible reputation as a party school than I have as a professional in corporate settings.

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O'REILLY: The politics of fame

American celebrities are constantly under surveillance, and every word they say is subject to scrutiny. So be careful what you wish for if you desire fame.

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ROBINSON: The party of no

The party of no on immigration. Self-delusion is a sad spectacle. Watching Republicans convince themselves that killing immigration reform actually helps the GOP is excruciating, and I wish somebody would make it stop.. House Speaker John Boehner's unruly caucus has been busy convincing itself not to accept or even

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THOMAS: Islamists are not ready for democracy

The military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marks another failure in U.S. foreign policy over several administrations, which have erroneously promoted the notion that American-style democracy in Islamic lands will produce a nation more like ours.

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OREILLY: The alien plight

Plight of. the aliens. GALWAY, Ireland -- The intense debate over immigration reform in the U.S. has riveted many in this bucolic area in the west of Ireland. That's because in addition to millions of Hispanic aliens, a significant number of Irish would benefit from immigration clarity. Just ask anyone

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ROBINSON: We can handle the truth

WASHINGTON -- I don't believe government officials when they say the National Security Agency's surveillance programs do not invade our privacy. The record suggests that you shouldn't believe them, either.

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THOMAS: Independence Day plus 237

"Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." -- John Quincy Adams. Freedom is not the default position of humankind; otherwise more would be free. In much of

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CEPEDA: Revering our national anthem

This year, like no other before it, I feel a deep desire to get back to basics. It's been an especially difficult few weeks of tumult over race, same-sex marriage rights, immigration and other issues that highlight our differences rather than our similarities.. I'm

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THOMAS: No standards remain

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." -- Genesis 2:24, NIV. The problem for people who believe in an Authority higher even than the Constitution is that

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PARKER: 'Cracker' lacks evil history of the N-word

WASHINGTON -- The trial of George Zimmerman, accused of fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, inevitably and quickly devolved into a contest of who is more racist -- the victim or the accused?. The question was inevitable because the prosecution is basing its case largely on the suggestion that Zimmerman profiled the