Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now part of wider struggle in Arab world.

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License plate readers are checking your car against hit lists of vehicles associated with crimes.
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There’s no question that California is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. As a state that uses more water than we have available – even in “wet” years – there are some critical decisions we need to make about how to move forward.
In recent decisions, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear its view that corporations are people, with all the attendant rights. They are entitled to free speech, which in their case means spending lots of money to bend the political process to their ends. They are entitled to religious beliefs, including those that mean denying benefits to their workers. Up next, the right to bear arms?
President Obama has no choice but to take unilateral action.

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When the death penalty in California is fully put out of its misery, Michael Laurence will be among its chief executioners.

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Even if it accomplishes nothing else, calling Vladimir Putin nasty names makes us feel a little better. Thug, megalomaniac, liar, war criminal, mass murderer - those are just the printable ones.
In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry made headlines recently by ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. This bravado comes at a price: $12 million a month. Perry plans to send the bill the federal government. That's one way to finance your presidential campaign ads.
Bobby Jindal once gave a speech inspiring TV entertainer-commentator Jon Stewart to respond with satiric torture, which is to say, the speech wasn't just a little awful, but laughably awful. The other day, I saw Jindal give a speech inspiring a massive audience to a standing ovation, which is to say, it is untrue he's all substance and no show. He has the oratorical oomph to get to the Oval Office.
The following editorial appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday, July 18:

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