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DANIELLE PLETKA: Obama’s battle against ISIS is failing

It’s been a year since Steven Sotloff was brutally murdered. The images, which have become all too commonplace, shocked the American public — and consequently, the American President — into responding to the horror that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has wrought in the Middle East. But countless decapitations, and hundreds of thousands of less infamous (but no less vile) predations later, ISIS continues to flourish.

GOOD MORNING: Monsters in the closet

Has anyone else noticed their home is silent and still while all the lights are on? Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed as soon as I turn out the lights and get ready for bed, the noises begin. I’ll hear creaks, definitive thuds and even the sound of a watch beeping.

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CAL THOMAS: Tragedy in Roanoke

The horrible murder of two local journalists in Roanoke, Virginia, has affected me more than I thought it would. Journalists are taught early on to compartmentalize. As a local TV reporter, I saw bodies from plane crashes and victims of mass murder. I covered natural disasters and witnessed the aftermath of cruelty to children and other inhumanities.

PHILIP HOLLOWAY: Police lives matter

The seemingly unprovoked killing of Harris County sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth brings the total number of law enforcement officers shot to death this year to date to a staggering 23 — 23 human lives lost to violence — 23 lives that mattered.

COMMENTARY ROUNDUP: Should media show on-air killings?

After two journalists in Virginia were shot dead on air Wednesday, news organizations and other media faced a decision: With dramatic video of a crime available — some of it shot by the killer himself — were they obliged to put it on air and publish it? Some did, in a limited way, others refused altogether and still others splashed images of the shooting on the front page. CNN Opinion invited commentators to weigh in: Should news organizations and other media outlets show images of an on-air killing?

The great flea war of 2015

Lots of things bug me. Some I can do something about, but others are about as likely to go away as taxes and death. In other words, they’re here forever! Take fleas, for example.