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Secretary of State John Kerry, in his myopic quest for a Nobel Prize, appears to have put China in charge of redesigning the Arak heavy water reactor, where Iran can produce plutonium.

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To describe all of this discussion as “China-bashing” is irresponsible and dismissive of very real concerns regarding the People’s Republic. It suggests that candidates are not describing China as it actually is.

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NATO needs a new strategy for aspirant countries like Georgia and Ukraine. The “made in Moscow” alternative means damaged American credibility, fewer US allies, and more broken destinies for nations that have surely suffered enough.

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A patient must be able to trust that his physician is focused exclusively on discerning and delivering the best care for the individual patient before her.

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Demonstrators stand behind portraits of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)'s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan during a march in solidarity with him in Diyarbakir, Turkey, August 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Umit Bektas

The Kurds will have their state, and its capital will ultimately be Diyarbakir, not Erbil.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hugs a U.S. flag as he takes the stage for a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republicans are wasting an opportunity to offer a modern policy agenda for today’s economic challenges.


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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a campaign town hall meeting in Claremont, New Hampshire August 11, 2015. Reuters

Hillary Clinton’s higher education plan is extensive and expensive. Set aside the fact that simply pumping more money into the system won’t solve quality problems and may well inflate college spending further, no matter how tight the new rules.

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Phillip Kerr and Malcolm Gladwell at PEN 2014 Literary Gala ©Aslan Habib Chalom/PEN American Center | Creative Commons 2.0

Gladwell’s new essay misses the importance of the two-parent family in escaping poverty.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration of the 46th session of Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi, India, July 20, 2015. Reuters

The one glaring exception to Narendra Modi’s impressive foreign policy record so far: a rudderless approach to Pakistan that lurches between unrelenting toughness and the promise of a thaw.

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Here’s my latest assortment of interesting links, quotations, a Venn diagram, a classic Milton Friedman video on the minimum wage, a new ‘markets in everything, a portrait of a crony capitalist taken down by the free market, and more.

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