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ADAM MINTER: Xinjiang, China’s fertile ground for Islamic State recruiters

Three hundred Chinese citizens, members of the country’s Uighur ethnic group, have recently traveled to the Middle East to join Islamic State. Those Uighurs are part of a broader Muslim migration, spurred by a government crackdown, away from China’s western province of Xinjiang, where Muslims have lived for over 1,000 years. Although they were designed to dampen Islamic separatism, Chinese policies in the region are creating fertile ground for Islamic extremism.

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Both parties should unite to save the filibuster

Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner makes the conservative case for the filibuster. He correctly says that the (extra-constitutional) filibuster is clearly constitutional, that the framers wanted to protect political minorities by making it difficult for majorities to act rapidly, and that they were right to do so.

CAL THOMAS: Who loves America?

Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat — and winning praise in some quarters — for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Obama’s love for America.

There’s nothing conscientious about vaccine exemptions

Here’s what Gov. Greg Abbott is really saying when he, or his office, endorses allowing opt-outs for vaccines: He’s OK with your personal choice to endanger an infant with the measles. He’s comfortable with a resurgence of whooping cough, or the occasional outbreak of preventable diseases and viruses.

Virginia’s Maureen McDonnell and the changing image of the political wife (+video)

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell raised the specter of Adam and Eve at her sentencing trial Friday, framing her and her husband’s downfall just as U.S. District Judge James Spencer had done before. It was true, she said, that she had let the “serpent” — businessman Jonnie Williams — into the governor’s mansion.

Payday loans entrap the most vulnerable

As our economy continues to improve, there is a crushing weight holding many back: payday loans. While state and local leaders have taken up the cause in certain jurisdictions, this is a national problem that requires Congress to act. Unscrupulous lenders lure those who are already facing financial hardship into a debt trap from which it is very difficult to escape.