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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press)

The lesson for Hillary Clinton in Mitt Romney's decision

There's a wonderful scene in "Citizen Kane" in which the intrepid young reporter Jerry Thompson, in search of just what the dying word "Rosebud" meant, tracks down Charles Foster Kane's best friend. Jedediah Leland is an old man now, living in a rundown retirement home in the Bronx. Frail, maybe a bit senile, Jedediah delivers a dramatic insight into Charlie.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gestures after speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

At 2016 Iowa summit, some fresh GOP faces — finally

The 2016 GOP nominee is going to have to be a whole new breed of Republican. After back-to-back shellackings — first against a nearly unknown first-term U.S. senator, then to a highly unpopular president — the party has no choice but to go in a new direction, and that path does not lead back into the wilderness. The New Breed were on hand Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit.

The Brussels International Press Association President Tom Weingaertner, left, and European Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas address the media in front of a banner that reads: "Je suis Charlie (I Am Charlie)", as they pay respect for the victims of Wednesday's terror attack in Paris, at the European Commission headquarters, in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed, and eleven people wounded in a terrorist attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

I am not Charlie

Shortly after a terrorist attack left 12 dead inside a Paris magazine called Charlie Hebdo, a meme went viral. People posted a new phrase on social media, held signs with the slogan, said it again and again and again on TV: "Je Suis Charlie" — I am Charlie.

President Barack Obama smiles at the wheel of a golf cart during golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, on Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Obama needs to wake up and smell the progress

Minutes after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, announced that it would not bring charges against a city police officer who shot a black teenager to protect his life, President Obama appeared in the White House briefing room to deliver a 65-sentence, 1,255-word statement.

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., left, greets comedian Chris Rock, right, after Rock introduced Obama at The Apollo Theater in the Harlem section of New York, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Racism: Can we talk about it? Yes — finally

Shortly after the Jan. 20, 2009, inauguration of America's first black president — which I attended, receiving high-fives from strangers, many of whom were black, and even a free cup of hot coffee from a giddy black woman as I, a white man, strolled through Northeast Washington, D.C., without fear — a friend and I took our teenage daughters to a rock show in Baltimore.