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Today's Best Defense tip: Pay attention when columnists police their own side

Listen up, little grasshoppers, and I will pass on an insider's rule of journalism: Always pay attention when a columnist goes after someone aligned with his own ideology. First, it tends to be well-informed. Second, it raises the credibility of the columnist, showing a willingness to police the views of his or her own side.

I mention this because I often disagree with the views of Michael Gerson, but was impressed by his mid-summer column dissecting the views of a confederate of Sen. Rand Paul who was into celebrating the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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Army colonel becomes Indian chief

Retired Army Col. Kevin Brown, formerly garrison commander at Ft. Riley, was elected chairman of the Mohegan tribe, which is small in numbers but big in the gambling world.

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