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Lowry: ‘Equality Under the Law’ Fights Racism in America



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Netanyahu: Israel Won’t Negotiate with Hamas-Backed Palestine While He’s PM



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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would never negotiate with the Palestinian Authority while its government includes the terrorist organization Hamas.

On Face the Nation Sunday morning, Netanyahu asked Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas to “tear up” his pact with Hamas if he wants to resume peace talks with Israel.

“I’m saying something very clear,” he said. “As long as I’m prime minister of Israel, we will not negotiate with a government that is backed by Hamas, an organization that is committed to our destruction.”

Netanyahu said it’s “commonsense” that one can only make peace with an enemy that’s decided to make peace. “An enemy that seeks your destruction, what are we going to talk about? The method of our self-annihilation? It just doesn’t make sense,” he said.

“[America] wouldn’t do that, you wouldn’t expect us to do that,” Netanyahu said.

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Will’s Take: Hillary ‘Not Formidable’



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According to George Will, Hillary Clinton will not be a formidable candidate in 2016 if she does decide to run. When she is asked about her accomplishments as secretary of state, Will told Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday, ”What you get is sort of gas.”

“It’s reminiscent of when Roger Mudd of CBS asked Ted Kennedy a not unexpected question in 1980: ‘Why are you running for president?’” Will said. “By the time Ted Kennedy quit stammering he was handicapped.” 

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Tony Blair: The West Must ‘Liberate’ Itself From Believing It Caused ‘Radical Islam’



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Earlier this week, former prime minister Tony Blair said that politicized Islam in the Middle East explains much of the region’s problems, to the point where the West ought to set aside its differences with Russia and China to confront the problem. He elaborated on Meet the Press Sunday morning. 

The problems in Middle Eastern countries, Blair said, have a common theme: “a disruptive effect of an ideology, based on a extreme and perverted view of the proper faith of Islam.” This radical ideology is still being exported from the Middle East, he said, and it’s spreading across the world. 

When asked by David Gregory whether the problem-plagued interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan that Blair backed explain some of this ideology, Blair pushed back, pointing out that Islamist terrorism was around long before 9/11.

“We have to liberate ourselves from this thinking that somehow it’s our actions that have caused radical Islam,” Blair said. “You can carry on explaining all this by saying ‘it’s us, we provoked them, it’s really they’re trying to react against Western imperialism,’ [but that's] nonsense.”

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Pence Sidesteps Questions About 2016 Presidential Bid



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Indiana governor Mike Pence is raising his national profile, but, at least for now, he isn’t answering any questions about a possible presidential bid in 2016, telling Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday that he is fully focused on “the future of the people of Indiana” and with helping his fellow GOP governors get reelected. 

Several conservative leaders pleaded with Pence, a former six-term congressman, to mount a presidential bid in 2012. He ran for governor instead, and how he’s frequently mentioned as a dark-horse contender for the 2016 nomination. 

In Indiana, Pence has cut taxes, expanded school vouchers, and, perhaps most controversially, withdrawn the state from the Common Core educational standards. He is now taking heat from conservatives for the standards his administration proposed as an alternative. Pence — and all of these matters — are the subject of a recent National Review piece.

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Gratz vs. Driver on Affirmative Action



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Fox News Sunday featured a lengthy debate on this week’s affirmative action ruling from the Supreme Court between Jennifer Gratz, who sued the University of Michigan over its race-based admissions standards in 1995, and Shanta Driver, who argued before the Supreme Court against the Michigan statute banning race-based admissions that it ultimately upheld.  

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Elizabeth Warren Dodges Previous Criticism of Hillary Clinton



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Elizabeth Warren was tight-lipped on Sunday when confronted with her own criticism, leveled in a 2003 book, of Hillary Clinton. The Massachusetts senator is the author of a new book, and many political insiders see her as somebody who could challenge Clinton from the left were she to run for president, though she has repeatedly said she will not, in 2016. 

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos resurrected the interviewing technique that made the late Meet the Press host Tim Russert famous, pointing out that her praise for Clinton today appears to contradict the stance she took a decade ago. Warren, along with several Democratic female senators, recently signed a letter urging Clinton to run for president.

In 2003’s The Two Income Trap, however, Warren criticized Clinton for supporting a bankruptcy bill she said was structured to favor corporate interests. Stephanopoulos highlighted the following quote:

As first lady, Mrs. Clinton had been persuaded that the bill was bad for families, and she was willing to fight for her beliefs. As New York’s newest senator, however, it seems that Hillary Clinton could not afford such a principled position . . . The bill was essentially the same, but Hillary Rodham Clinton was not.

In her most recent book, Warren doesn’t make any reference to Clinton’s about-face. 

“Do you think that, are you concerned that somehow she will bow to big business — those were your words in that book — if she becomes president?” Stephanopoulos asked. 

Watch him struggle to extract an answer.

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