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There Is No Reason for Anyone to Be Happy About How the Shutdown Ended

Shutting down the shutdown and avoiding imminent default was not like Idris Elba in Pacific Rim “cancel[ing] the apocalypse.” Democrats making victory laps on the […]

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Are Normally Hawkish Republicans Endangering U.S. Security Abroad?

It’s not at all clear if Republicans, especially those knee-jerking and red-necking in the House, have assessed that a government shutdown is having a massive […]

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Democrats Screwed Themselves Using “Obamacare”

Question to Democrats: Whose bright idea was it for you to start using the term “Obamacare?” Oh, yeah, that’s right–it was the guy who created […]

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6 Reasons Cory Booker Lost a Whole Lot of Ground to Steve Lonegan

There was a tremor on the political Richter scale you may have missed, since partisan prognosticators and Crossfire fan-kids have been all but assuring us […]

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Guns, PTSD, Mental Illness and a Post-Navy Yard World

As the theories about what set Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis on his homicidal tear pile up, old policy clashes are re-emerging. Gun control advocates […]

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Are Whites Stripping the Word “Racist” of Its Meaning?

Even though we’ve got the Democratic primary for the New York City mayoral race out of the way (well … sort of), for some reason […]

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Are We Heading for a Civil War Over… Pot and Guns?

In the 19th century, it was tariffs and slavery that eventually triggered a Civil War here as devastating as the one we’re debating over in […]

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Let’s Not Overreact to the Syrian Electronic Army Threat

Fascinating reports about the sudden rise of the Syrian Electronic Army will ultimately raise more questions about federal investment in technology than how long U.S. […]

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We Need to Rebrand the Climate Change Conversation

As the Earth appears to snap, crackle and pop into a molten lava pulp of pain, the reaction of its largest super power inhabitant is […]

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Democrats Should Be Wary of a Hillary Coronation

Should Democrats continue with their coronation of Hillary Clinton as their nominee for 2016 — prior to any official primary — they run the risk […]

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Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post: Will Algorithms Decide the News?

As Calhoun Tubbs would say, “Like to hear it go:” In rides Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos on a white horse like a knight saving the day. […]

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“Gimme Gimme” and the Coming Chris Christie-Rand Paul Battle Royale

One of the more fascinating summer fights this year is the nearly tennis-like public spat between Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). […]

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Why Does College — and Everything Else — Cost So Much?

Congress will predictably pat itself on the back once it’s able to put the student loan interest rate Humpty Dumpty back together again. The White […]

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The Zimmerman Verdict and the Gun Control Debate

We’re fairly clear on the outrage that’s flowing from Twitter feed to city squares in the post-Zimmerman trial landscape. Fortunately, at least in the short […]

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In Egypt, Is Obama Calling the Islamist Bluff?

Broken chatter over a broken Egypt is caught up in why the United States continues funneling $1.8 billion in annual aid to what is now, […]