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Doyle McManus
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Yes, there are alternatives to Obama's Iran deal other than war. But are any of them likely to work? No. http://lat.ms/1SgEswG
Ever since negotiators finished work on a nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama and his aides have been fending off critics with a recurring refrain: What's the alternative?
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Jeb Bush's $103 million SuperPAC shows how campaign law has become a tawdry charade. Is it time to scrap the ceiling? http://lat.ms/1JyaCtD
A remarkable thing just happened in the chaotic race for the Republican presidential nomination, and it wasn't the rise of Donald Trump . It was the impressive numbers reported for the first stage of the GOP's "money primary": the competition to raise the hundreds of millions of dollars a White House campaign requires.
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Progress on Greece; progress on Iran. And then there's Syria, where a big US program has trained exactly 60 rebels http://lat.ms/1K1BMyz
A little more than a year ago, President Obama asked Congress for $500 million to train and equip some 15,000 opposition fighters in Syria, arguing that the best way to defeat Islamic State terrorists was to arm local forces.
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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't over, but they've produced some powerful fiction. A summer reading list:
Here's a summer reading suggestion you probably didn't see coming: Try some of the excellent recent fiction produced about America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, much of it by veterans.
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Bernie Sanders: How a tough, smart competitor on the left is good for Hillary Clinton http://lat.ms/1GDHtA5
Sen. Bernie Sanders , the self-described socialist who kicked off his presidential campaign on Tuesday with a characteristically fiery speech, isn't going to win the 2016 Democratic nomination unless lightning strikes. To be really effective, in any case, the lightning would have to strike Hillary Rodham Clinton , who holds a prohibitive lead in every poll. But Sanders will still have a major impact on the Democratic race, and that could, parad...
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Newsflash: Americans are pessimistic about future, polls (and pols) say. Newsflash 2: They've been pessimistic for at least 30 years http://lat.ms/1EjB7jb
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who's running for the Republican presidential nomination, issued a stark warning recently.
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GOP Puzzle: All Republican candidates say they want to be the next Ronald Reagan. But which Reagan do they mean? http://lat.ms/1JKNM26
The Republican Party has a bigger problem than Donald Trump: It hasn't figured out what it wants to be.
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Surprise! Hillary Clinton is injecting some new ideas on economic policy into the presidential campaign. (OK, newish) http://lat.ms/1Vlvtth
For most of a generation, Democrats have divided into two broad camps on economic policy. There are "growth Democrats," who argue that a rising tide will lift all boats; that was the reigning view during the Bill Clinton administration under Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Lawrence H. Summers. And there are "fairness Democrats," who argue that the central problem is inequality. That's the view of the party's progressive wing, led today by...
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The Bernie Sanders Surge: He's still a long shot, but he's pushing Hillary Clinton toward a more substantive debate http://lat.ms/1UAJcff
Bernie Sanders is on a roll. The independent socialist from Vermont, still not a registered Democrat, is drawing big crowds with his gruff populism: 2,500 people in Council Bluffs, Iowa; 7,500 in Portland, Me.; 10,000 in Madison, Wis. He's raised more than $15 million in mostly small donations — "not from billionaires," he crows. He's rising steadily in the polls; one survey shows him only 8 points behind the once untouchable front-runner, Hill...
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Fox News gets to decide which GOP candidates compete in first debate -- but it's not Fox's fault; it's the RNC's http://lat.ms/1d8WsGf
It's finally official: Roger Ailes, the president of Fox News, will decide which candidates can compete in Republican presidential primaries next year.
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If Iraq's new offensive against ISIS falls short, pressure to send more US advisors will increase
Obama administration critics often charge that the president has no strategy in the war against Islamic State , but that's not true.
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Obama debated poverty with a top conservative thinker last week. They found common ground -- and then hit a roadblock http://lat.ms/1Jqkdq7
An important but often neglected debate broke out in Washington last week: Which political party can do more for the nation's poor?
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What Americans really want in a foreign policy
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President Obama is suffering from a shortage of foreign policy successes -- in Russia, Ukraine, Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian mediation.

Why the rich are rattled
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The Milken Institute Global Conference, an annual gathering of investment bankers plus a smattering of social entrepreneurs, scientists and

Will Clinton run?
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Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president.

Bangladesh's sweatshops: A boycott is not the answer
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One year ago this week, the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka, killing 1,129 people. Th

Reading between the lines in Washington
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Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the

The GOP's 2016 handicap -- immigration
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In case you missed it, here's what former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had to say last week when asked about people who come to America illegally t

Is Obamacare too big to fail?
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When Obamacare 's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on f

What would a Republican president do about Ukraine?
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Here's what the United States has done so far in an attempt to deter further Russian incursions into Ukraine: applied two rounds of economic

Millennials rising
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Even compared with previous generations of young voters, 'millennials' are decidedly liberal, especially on social issues.

The dawn of Cold War II
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Patience again is a virtue as we enter a second Cold War.

Leading from behind in Syria
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Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind.

Red vs. blue: The battle lines of 2014
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The conventional wisdom is that this fall's congressional election will be all about Obamacare . Republicans , it's argued, will try to expa

Henry Waxman, the 'tougher than a boiled owl' congressman
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Most members of the House of Representatives have a "wall of fame" in their office — meant-to-impress photographs of the often obscure incum

State of the Union: Obama's era of limits
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The rap against President Obama 's State of the Union address on Tuesday was that his agenda, once ambitious and transformational, has sudde

Harry Reid earns an assist on Iran
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The most important person in the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations right now may be Harry Reid , the Senate Democratic leader from Searchlight,

The GOP discovers inequality
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"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the wo

A new day at the NSA
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Individually, the concrete steps President Obama announced Friday toward reforming the National Security Agency 's surveillance programs wer

John Kerry's bicycle diplomacy in the Middle East
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Peace negotiations , a wise U.S. diplomat once said, are like riding a bicycle: No matter how slow you're moving, it's best to keep going —

Syria and the perils of proxy war
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The first war I covered as a foreign correspondent was the civil war in Lebanon. When the conflict began in 1975, it was just a series of sk