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  • Abolish West Point--and the other service academies, too

    Most Americans are familiar with the prestige that surrounds the United States military service academies. Various names and phrases, spoken like solemn incantations, attest to their sacrosanct status: the Point, the Long Gray Line, Annapolis, cadets. Their graduates constitute a who's who of American greatness, including Ulysses Grant, Jimmy Carter, novelist James Salter and sci-fi writer Robert Heinlein, to name only a few. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, in a 1962 address at West Point, typified the veneration that's usually heaped on the academies when he told the cadets that they were "the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense."
  • Boehner lacks most House members' support as Obama clashes near

    WASHINGTON John Boehner must find a way to lead the U.S. House of Representatives after winning a third term as speaker with votes from fewer than half of the chamber's 434 members. Boehner was re-elected as the 53rd House speaker yesterday although 25...

    Amal Alamuddin is Mrs. Clooney. Barbara Walters finds that fascinating.

    Amal Alamuddin is Mrs. Clooney. Barbara Walters finds that fascinating.
    Amal Alamuddin -- strike that, Amal Clooney -- is Barbara Walters' most fascinating person for 2014.  Apparently because she landed George Clooney? Also for some other stuff, sure, but really, it's the George Clooney thing. In what we pray was a...

    Abolishing the CIA

    The shock resonating from the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA torture report isn't due so much to the revelations themselves, grotesque as the details are, but to the fact that they're now officially public. National spokespersons (except for Dick...

    Robert Oakley dies at 83; diplomat mediated in 'Black Hawk Down' turmoil

     Robert Oakley dies at 83; diplomat mediated in 'Black Hawk Down' turmoil
    Ambassador and diplomat Robert Oakley had retired from diplomatic service, twice, when he got an emergency phone call in 1993 while at a party. Could he come to the White House early the next morning? Oakley, known as an unrelenting trouble shooter, was...