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Trump survives two-part convention rebellion, says Charles Krauthammer

The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans achieved not unity, but only a rough facsimile.

Instead of virtual war on cops, address interracial cultural woes, says Jay Ambrose

There's a virtual war on cops. It has been ginned up by grotesquely distorted accusations of anti-black police racism, and the tragic irony is that a thoroughly denounced, less proactively aggressive police force has resulted in more murderous misery in already beaten-up black neighborhoods.

I'd do anything for my girls, even send them to war, says Darlena Cunha

In my lifetime, I have only made two things that I love more than life itself. I made them both at the same time, seven years ago, and from that moment, I knew nothing would ever matter to me but their health, happiness and well-being. I'd take a bullet for my twins, straight to the heart. I'd go without food so that they could eat. I would give up my clothing so that they could be dry, my shoes so their feet could be warm. I'd give up my life to keep them safe.

Up to U.S. to make China follow same rules as others, says Kori Schake

A little-known court in the Netherlands rattled Asia last week. The Permanent Court of Arbitration concluded that China has no legal basis for its expansive claims in the South China Sea, where China has been attempting to intimidate its neighbors into conceding their rights.

The Nice attack shouldn't have been a surprise, says Marc Thiessen

If last week's terrorist attack in Nice, France, was shocking, it shouldn't have been - because we were warned.

Mike Pence is the perfect not-Trump running mate, says Albert R. Hunt

Donald Trump has selected the perfect non-Trump as his running mate. Mike Pence, the phlegmatic Republican governor of Indiana, has strong credentials with the social right and mediocre political instincts.

Why are we OK with actors simulating a disability? ask Danny Woodburn and Jay Ruderman

It's no secret that television programming offers a skewed image of diverse U.S. society - one that's whiter, straighter and more male. For example, 43 percent of characters on the 2015-16 cable and broadcast TV season were women, while in real life women make up roughly half of the population.

Food debate shows Congress is bad at regulating, says Cass Sunstein

The Senate's recently voted, by a margin of 63-30, in favor of a new law to require national labels for foods containing genetically modified organisms. The House is expected to pass the bill in the near future.

Why we're all bad at taking great advice, by Eve Fairbanks

Seven years ago, a beloved friend gave me a copy of Rainer Maria Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet." The short book collects Rilke's advice to an acquaintance, a 19-year-old would-be artist overwhelmed by self-doubt, artistic confusion and under-developed longings for greatness. Speaking from his own mistakes, Rilke counsels patience with yourself, solitude and listening to your own heart rather than the demands of the market.

Shove needed to get vets health care in civilian hospitals, says Peter Orszag

I disagree with pretty much everything Donald Trump has ever said. But in calling for veterans to have more options on their doctors and hospitals, he's got a point. Imagine, for example, the outrage if military veterans were able to receive subsidized health care at the clinic or hospital of their choosing, but were then forced into a separate system of run-down, inconveniently located facilities. If the next administration rejects proposals to reform the Veterans Health Administration and instead perpetuates the current system, the effect will be the same.

The travesty of teacher tenure, by George Will

California's Supreme Court might soon decide to hear - four years after litigation began - the 21st century's most telling civil rights case, which concerns an ongoing denial of equal protection of the law.

Win, lose or break even, why we go to casinos, by Mark Braude

More than 30 million people gambled at Las Vegas casinos last year, trying their luck at cards, dice, slots and wheels on average for three hours a day. That's a staggering number. Why travel to a casino with so many forms of betting easily found online? Why gamble at all when there are so many new ways to be entertained? Casinos are throwbacks: noisy, smoky, windowless and wasteful.

Celebrities the new first responders we believe, says Monica Hesse

In 2006, when actor-activist Martin Sheen was approached by Democrats and encouraged to run for office in his home state of Ohio, he politely demurred. "I'm just not qualified," he said. "You're mistaking celebrity for credibility."

Democrats build the most progressive party platform ever, says Katrina vanden Heuvel

Last weekend, as the nation reeled from the violence in Minneapolis, New Orleans and Dallas, the Democratic Platform Committee met in Orlando to debate the party's pledges for the future. Once again, Sen. Bernie Sanders and his delegates, despite some setbacks, made progress in trying to transform the party's agenda. Where Sanders has succeeded and where he has been frustrated provide a clear map of how far the people's movements he represents have gotten, and how far they have to go.

Week of tragedy reveals our ideological blind spots, says Jonah Goldberg

It seems almost ghoulish to look for a silver lining in the dark cloud that blanketed the nation last week. But I think there was one. The killings by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, quickly followed by the killings of police in Dallas, knocked the lazy certainty out of almost everybody.

A cruel trade with a high death toll for a summertime trinket, by Laura Cascada

At the height of the summer beach season, walk into almost any large seaside souvenir shop and you're likely to see them: live hermit crabs in brightly painted shells being sold to tourists who have no idea how to care for them. Save your money and the crabs - don't buy one. Hermit crabs are miserable in captivity, and taking one home supports a cruel trade with a massive death toll.

Oldest and youngest voters may determine 2016 election, says Albert R. Hunt

Years ago, the conservative activist Grover Norquist was the guest speaker in a class I teach at the University of Pennsylvania.

Expect Atlantic City to play ongoing role in presidential election, says Sharon Schulman

Presumptive presidential candidates are making Atlantic City an integral part of their campaign strategies, and this has become a double-edged sword. On the one hand, having the words "Atlantic City" and "casinos" showing up in media everywhere has some intrinsic value in advertising, name recognition and branding. Candidly, it is not likely the city could afford to buy that much ongoing publicity.

Can Americans hold together as a people? asks Danielle Allen

Without a doubt, we Americans are in a bad way. The senseless deaths recently in Baton Rouge, La., Falcon Heights, Minn., and Dallas are devastating beyond comprehension for the victims and their families. Each shooting is also an act in a shared national tragedy. The problems go down to the very roots.

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