BROOKS: Straining to balance merit, compassion

One of the features of the Obama years is that we get to witness an enormous race between meritocracy and government. On the one side, meritocracy widens inequality. On the other side, there is President Barack Obama’s team of progressives, who are trying to mitigate inequality. The big question is: Which side is winning?
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BROOKS: Will Obama go All In on big domestic issues?

It will be interesting, over the course of this campaign, to see what’s underneath the cageyness.
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BROOKS: Ben Franklin's nation as a world model

In a world of relative equals, the U.S. will have to learn to define itself by its values.
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