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  • Islamic radicals pose a challenge for U.S., West

    Accomplishing something in foreign policy is difficult at best, and often nearly impossible Numerous factors must be taken into account. Some surface on the domestic front, but many — often uncontrollable —external variables also exist.  Among the most complicated are .

  • Cameron: Royals won wild playoff game in spite of Yost Sc -- magazine mug.phatch

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — You might watch a thousand baseball games and never see anything like this. You know by now that the Royals rallied — implausibly, almost impossibly — to beat the Oakland A’s 9-8 in the 12th inning of an .

  • Scottish vote will shake up U.K. governance

    If a single factor has characterized the British political system, it has been strict centralization. Even local government is under the strict control of the central authorities. Funds are allocated downward, and the implementation of major decisions by Parliament is .

  • Problems exist, but Obama’s plan is workable

    President Obama’s Sept. 9 speech on battling ISIL marks an important step forward for this administration. Yet not only do many questions remain, but America will have serious problems implementing it. Indications are that this initiative was not something Obama .

  • Scotland missed opportunity in vote for indepencence

    CLOVEFORDS, Scotland — I’m a fourth-generation Scot — and I voted “Yes.” My hope was that Scotland would become an independent country, able to run its own affairs and economy and be fully responsible for them. And stop blaming the government .

  • Scottish vote could affect U.S.

    Whether the question is posed in a commissioned survey or asked casually on the street, most answers are similar. The saddest of them sounds roughly like this… Q: “What do you think of Scotland’s vote on independence this week?” .

  • NATO moves to counter Russian pressure

    One of the side effects of Russia’s interference in eastern Ukraine has been heightened concern in the Baltic and East European states that Russian President Vladimir Putin may decide to meddle in their internal affairs to the point of .

  • What if voters had ‘zero option’?

    Frustration with political candidates is nothing new. For decades political science’s truism about Congress held: People hated the institution but loved their congressman. Things are different in 2014. In June, a Rasmussen poll reported that only 25 percent of respondents indicated .

  • Suicide can, must be prevented

    The Aug. 11 death of comedian Robin Williams elicited a worldwide response of shock and disbelief that someone who brought so much laughter to the world for so many years could have been so tormented that he would choose to end .

  • Lack of a plan speaks volumes about Obama

    Two world leaders recently made speeches about ISIS; one speech was spirited, well-crafted and uplifting, while the other was dispirited, confusing and upsetting. The speakers were British Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama.  Cameron’s remarks show .

  • Is Brownback’s legacy Stegall?

    Gov. Sam Brownback recently intervened to ensure that Judge Caleb Stegall was on the short list of nominees for a Kansas Supreme Court appointment. This was an unusual step. Brownback then chose Stegall over the other nominees, even though he .

  • Patient well-being comes first

    Every day many Americans have to weigh how they spend each dollar — food or rent, electric bill or health care? For those who are uninsured or underinsured, medication often is sacrificed to cover the basic costs of day-to-day living, leading .


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