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What they’re saying: NAACP official’s racial identity, Obamacare

Rachel Dolezal  in March.
Rachel Dolezal in March.(Associated Press)

What opinion writers around the world have to say about key issues.

Rachel Dolezal  in March.
Rachel Dolezal in March.(Associated Press)

Claudia Koerner and Jim Dalrymple II, Rachel Dolezal’s racial identity

Larry Dolezal told BuzzFeed News he could not fully explain why his daughter might have wanted to pose as a black woman. But, he added: “She has over the past 20 years assimilated herself into the African-American community through her various advocacy and social justice work, and so that may be part of the answer.” He went on to say that Rachel cut off all communication with him and her mother, and “doesn’t want us visible in the Spokane area in her circle because we’re Caucasian.”

BuzzFeed News, June 12, on statements by parents of a Spokane civil rights leader, who say she has been pretending to be black.

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US Representative Elijah Cummings, Benghazi

At this glacial pace, the Benghazi investigation will last longer than the Watergate investigation and the 9/11 Commission, and it will squander more than $6 million in taxpayer funds. But that has not stopped Republicans from dragging out the committee’s work, offering new excuses at every turn, and — in an astonishing and disgraceful display — seeking to raise campaign funds off the deaths of four brave Americans.

Washington Post, June 11, on concerns by Democratic members of the congressional Select Committee on Benghazi.

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David Cloutier, Pope Francis and science

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum said the Pope should “leave science to the scientists.” But such criticism betrays an ignorance of the Catholic Church’s historical relationship with science. The two have not been at odds for a very long time — for centuries, in fact.

The New Republic, June 12, on Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical, in which he is expected to make a moral case for addressing climate change.

A health care activist rallied at the Supreme Court.
A health care activist rallied at the Supreme Court.(Associated Press)

Shikha Dalmia, King v. Burwell

This month, the Supreme Court may well deliver a fatal blow to Obamacare in King v. Burwell, by ruling that the health insurance subsidies handed out through federal exchanges in 36 states are illegal. Many liberals seem to think that the only thing preventing the president’s crowning domestic achievement from becoming a rip-roaring success is this largely specious and semantic lawsuit. But here’s the thing: Obamacare is teetering due to its own internal contradictions that have nothing to do with the lawsuit.

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Reason.com, June 12, on whether ObamaCare has brought down health care costs.