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Hillary has made mistakes in advocating military intervention -- and she doesn't learn from them.
In an era of endless military conflict, anti-war sentiment abides among Democrats . In 2004, their presidential nomination went to John Kerry , who was strongly critical of George W. Bush 's handling of the war in Iraq. In 2008 they chose Barack Obama , largely because he had opposed that war. This year, 12 million people cast ballots for Bernie Sanders , who voted against it.
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The Second Amendment, a big issue in the presidential campaign, just got bigger.
If there is any issue that could intensify the emotions and raise the stakes in the 2016 presidential election , it's guns. That issue just got cranked up to 11.
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Donald Trump has an epic meltdown.
Donald Trump : crazy or evil? That's the question that has loomed over his presidential candidacy from the start. But we now have a definitive answer. He is a raging tsunami of both qualities. Without one or the other he would just not be the Trump we know.
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Obama is going to Hiroshima, but the specter of Trump will loom over it.
In early August 1945, a 19-year-old Navy ensign sailed from California to take part in the invasion of Japan. Those on board the vessel didn't know if they would live to see the end of the war. But suddenly, as they were en route, Japan surrendered.
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Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz prove again that extremism loses. 
Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders present themselves as the ideological equivalent of Ivory soap: 99.44 percent pure. Each was sure that his uncompromisingly dogmatic approach was exactly what Americans yearned for this year, and each looked as though he might succeed in capturing his party’s nomination. We could have had something resembling a Barry Goldwater vs. George McGovern election, leaving no centrist option.
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History is a slow and usually undetectable process, with change happening in microscopic increments. But sometimes, you can see and feel the world changing, and we've just experienced one of those moments.
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People vote for Trump for the same reason they buy lottery tickets.
Participating in a democratic society is a thankless duty that seldom repays the effort. If you do research so you can select the better candidate in a race, your choice may be futile because your candidate loses. Even if your candidate wins, those campaign promises may be discarded. Or other officials may keep them from being fulfilled.
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When it comes to being in charge of U.S. foreign policy, Clinton is a bad option -- but Trump is far worse.
Hillary Clinton has been wrong on one foreign policy issue after another, from the war in Iraq to the war in Libya to the war in Syria. She is secretive, averse to transparency, habitually deceptive and arguably corrupt. She is a risk to lead us into another messy conflict.
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Hillary Clinton's Medicare plan, like a lot of federal programs, promises voters something they want but prefer not to pay for.
Decades ago, the wealthy owner of the Washington Redskins lamented the free-spending ways of his head coach, George Allen: "I gave George an unlimited budget, and he exceeded it." Other owners knew there were ways to beat Allen, but outspending him was not one of them.
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Donald Trump's foreign policy speech, like his entire campaign, is made of promises that are self-contradicting or implausible. 
The reviews of Donald Trump's grand foray into foreign policy agreed on one thing, which is that Trump can't even agree with himself. His Wednesday speech was an exercise in self-contradiction, a feast of incoherence, a walk up the down escalator.
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The Rising of 1916 has a special place in Irish memory. Last month, on Easter Sunday, a quarter of a million people gathered in Dublin for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the so-called Easter rebellion (which actually began on a Monday, April 24). At this year's commemoration, Irish President Michael Higgins extolled the rebels' "generous social and political vision, one that can still inspire us today."
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Why aren't our leaders treating Zika with the urgency it deserves?
The Zika virus poses a major danger to Americans, and it's reassuring to know that the Republican presidential candidates are ready to take it on.
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Columnist and editorial writer, The Chicago Tribune
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Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country.

Chapman has been a member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981. He came to the Tribune from The New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor. He has contributed articles to several national magazines, including Slate, The Weekly Standard, Reason, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio news programs, include The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation and On Point.

Born in Brady, Texas in 1954, Chapman grew up in Midland and Austin. He attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of The Harvard Crimson, and graduated with honors in 1976. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School.

Chapman, who is married, has two sons, a daughter, and three stepsons. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

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I can sing "Happy Birthday" in the voice of Kermit the Frog.
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  • Harvard College
    History, 1972 - 1976
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