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Doyle McManus — What’s the alternative to Iran deal?

The nuclear agreement the U.S. and its allies concluded with Iran on Tuesday isn’t perfect; diplomatic compromises rarely are. The deal allows Iran to continue enriching uranium within limits, but the limits begin to phase out after 10 years. It lifts the international arms embargo on Iran after five years. And it relies heavily on inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency to make sure Iran doesn’t cheat.

Chad Brown — Helping youth and veterans alike

Last month, I was standing in the Quinault River in my waders. I was flanked by two Quinault tribal members, watching blueback salmon wrestle with the current to return home to spawn. One hundred feet away, a bald eagle landed on the beach to take a rest. Around us were a group of underserved youth and veterans like myself, introducing the youth to the art of fly fishing and the healing powers of nature, rivers, and community.

Let’s not demonize those who disagree with gay marriage

In the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, there was sentiment that the court’s opinion could ignite a new culture war — a Roe v. Wade for a new generation — and polarize parties (and the American electorate) for decades to come. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Is farming a public service?

A bill recently introduced in Congress, the Young Farmer Success Act, would make farmers eligible for federally subsidized student loan forgiveness — just as teachers and nurses are now — on the grounds that agriculture is a public service. But is it?

Spin Control — This isn’t the way to do budgets

Shortly after dawn Wednesday, as the state Senate descended into recriminations about who was reneging on their word and who was being mean to school kids, the chamber’s chief budget writer made an impassioned plea to stick with the deal because that is the way budgets are done. Perhaps truer words never were spoken.
 

We’re going to owe a lot to Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner — who purposely did not spell her new name with a K — is going to absorb an unimaginable amount of attention for the rest of her life. Whatever is not emotionally draining is going to be bruising. I do not envy her, but we owe her our gratitude.

RedBlueAmerica: Are top American journalists revealing their bias?

George Stephanopoulos — ABC’s chief anchor, chief political correspondent and a “Good Morning America” host — last week admitted he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation since 2011. The admission raised questions about his ability to cover the presidential campaign fairly, and he apologized. It turned out that PBS journalist Judy Woodruff and other media organizations and figures had also donated.

16 questions Hillary Clinton should answer

As her campaign for the presidency kicked off, Hillary Clinton managed to go 27 days without answering a question from the press. On Tuesday, she broke that streak. Here are a few questions reporters might want to ask the next time she decides to give her prospective subjects an opportunity to get unscripted answers from her.