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THOMAS: Jay Leno: Mr. Nice Guy

Jay Leno will leave “Tonight” number one in total audience ratings and number one with the coveted younger demographic. He is living proof that sometimes — not often, but on occasion — nice guys can finish first.

ROBINSON: Silence over a spill

Officials knew that the coal industry uses dozens of chemicals that have never been thoroughly tested for their effects on human health. Officials also knew this was true of the segment of the industry that Obama and others call “clean coal,” which, I have argued, should be considered an oxymoron.

SOWELL: The problem with fact-free liberals

But who reads history these days? Moreover, those parts of history that would undermine the vision of the left — which prevails in our education system from elementary school to postgraduate study — are not likely to get much attention.

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THOMAS: The shame of Benghazi

In the “alternative” media universe truth can still be found. If media elites awarded prizes to Fox News, that network’s chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, would deserve one. Her tenacious and accurate reporting kept the Benghazi story alive when mainstream media appeared to have lost interest.

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ROBINSON: Where is the Democrats’ outrage?

But while Congress inches forward, probably toward some kind of extension, lives are falling apart. All day, every day, Democrats ought to be making a loud and righteous noise over this disgraceful state of affairs.

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The temperamental mood swings of Mother Nature

OK Mother Nature has got to stop it with the hot and cold treatment.

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SOWELL: Why Christie became a target

Whatever the political fate of Governor Christie, he has provided an example of the kind of articulation that is needed — indeed, imperative — if the Republicans are to have any chance of rescuing this country from the ruinous policies of the past few years.

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THOMAS: A bridge (and story) that’s gone too far

Should Governor Christie be exposed as a liar about lane closures, would that be more serious than the lies the president has told about far more serious matters?

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Local recruits monitoring Western Kentucky's coach search

Former Lovejoy football players Randy Anyanwu and Justin Brown say they will take a “wait and see” approach as Western Kentucky looks to replace head coach Bobby Petrino.

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ROBINSON: How will voters treat Gov. Chris Christie after bridge-gate?

If Christie is truly in the mood for soul-searching, asking how his aides could tell him such lies should be secondary. The more urgent question is what Christie might have said or done to make these loyal lieutenants conclude it would be appropriate — and a lot of fun — to torment the people of Fort Lee because of the mayor’s refusal to pledge fealty.

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SOWELL: The ‘trickle-down’ lie

The time is long overdue for people to ask themselves why it is necessary for those on the left to make up a lie if what they believe in is true.

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THOMAS: When it comes to liberals, it's ideology vs. reality

Americans typically hate waste. It is why as children most of us were told to clean our plates because somewhere in the world there were hungry people. Requiring the left to prove their programs and policies are producing outcomes at reasonable cost would shift the debate from ideology and good intentions to reality.

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ROBINSON: The ACA is here to stay

Any existential threat to the Affordable Care Act ended with the popping of champagne corks as the new year arrived. That was when an estimated 6 million uninsured Americans received coverage through expanded Medicaid eligibility or the federal and state health insurance exchanges. Obamacare is now a fait accompli; nobody is going to take this coverage away.

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All ClayCo cities must embrace social media

One of Clayton County’s cities gave me a headache on Twitter this week.