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ROBINSON: The American story of slavery

Scholars digging through public, commercial and family archives are unearthing facts and stories that have long been swept under the rug. Hollywood’s recognition of “12 Years a Slave” announces an uncomfortable truth: Slavery’s story is America’s story.

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THOMAS: A closer look at Arizona

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the “religious freedom bill” passed by the Republican legislature. While there is no mention in the bill of same-sex marriage, or even homosexuals, most people believe same-sex marriage and homosexuals were the targets of the proposed law.

ROBINSON: GOP sheds crocodile tears over jobs

Obama and the Democrats still believe that no one who works full time should have to be poor. Despite their new rhetoric, Republicans obviously disagree.

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THOMAS: Separation of government from press

After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news.

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Should church become the OK corral?

It’s been said that everyone has their own reason for doing whatever they do.

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THOMAS: Michele Bachmann says she’s undeterred and undiminished

Michele Bachmann remains confident and resolute despite many political setbacks. We met in her office while much of Congress was fleeing the Capitol Building ahead of a major storm that eventually dumped a foot of snow on Washington. The snow was a big deal to residents of the nation’s capital, but little more than flurries to a Minnesotan like Bachmann.

ROBINSON: The out-of-step GOP

The GOP’s failure to come to terms with immigration reform has two big implications.

SOWELL: Random thoughts on random topics

It is amazing how many people still fall for the argument that, if life is unfair, the answer is to turn more money and power over to politicians. Since life has always been unfair, for thousands of years and in countries around the world, where does that lead us?

THOMAS: A deficit of trust

The inability by a major party to trust a president is more than lamentable; it is not good for the country and our standing before other nations and groups that wish to do us harm.

ROBINSON: We’re losing the war on drugs

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is yet another victim of the war on drugs. Prohibition is not working. It is time to try something new.

SOWELL: Republicans again looking to pry defeat from the jaws of victory

Republicans may yet rescue the Democrats, while demoralizing their own supporters and utterly failing the country.

ZACHARY: Black History Month should be celebrated

The month-long designation celebrates the contributions of black Americans since colonial days.

THOMAS: Retreating on illegal immigration

If Republicans fail to come up with a workable immigration plan, they will simultaneously help Democrats who rely on the Hispanic vote and lose Republican votes. As Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz told Breitbart News, they could also fail to achieve their major goal for 2014: winning a Senate majority.

ROBINSON: Science is telling us something

The day will come, I predict, when world leaders are willing, even desperate, to curb greenhouse gases. But by then, I’m beginning to fear, it will probably be too late.

So, what makes news news?

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