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January 30th

How scholarly Bernanke became iconoclast fed chief

    When President George W. Bush was considering candidates to be chairman of the Federal Reserve in the autumn of 2005, the rap on Ben Bernanke, a brilliant economist, was that he had never faced a crisis, might be too soft for a challenge and wasn't politically astute.

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The Penance of Glenn Beck

    This week Glenn Beck said something I agree with. (Now, there's a line I never thought I'd write.) During an interview Tuesday with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Beck reflected on his time at Fox this way:

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Nuclear safety issue lingers

    Shades of Cold War anxiety were rekindled recently by reports that Air Force investigations were underway into alleged drug use, as well as cheating on preparedness tests, among nuclear missile launch officers working in the nation's pressure-cooker underground bunkers.

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Not Politics As Usual

    Politics is a business of back-scratching. The teller window at the political favor bank is open 24/7 for deposits and withdrawals. You raise bundles; I appoint you to an ambassadorship. You offer your private jet or vacation home; I speak at your corporate headquarters, touting your products.

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It took two to tango

    It strikes me as illogical, sexist and just plain wrong to blame former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's ruinous legal woes on his wife Maureen. She may be the one with the champagne taste, but he sipped the bubbly, too -- knowing that the family budget barely had room for beer.

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Huckabee Spills The Beans

    It's not often we think about Mike Huckabee. True, he has a talk show. But so does half the world. Kelly Ripa has a talk show. Geraldo Rivera has a talk show. How often do they come up in conversation?

    Now, Huckabee is suddenly in the news, thanks to a speech he made at a Republican Party gathering in Washington, in which he dismissed the idea that the GOP has a "war on women" by ...

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Virginia can lead change on marriage, executions

    Whoa, Virginia. You're totally confusing us here.

    Rainbow flags and Old Sparky in the same week?

    When news broke Thursday that Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will fight the state's ban on same-sex marriage - after he voted for it eight years ago - it seemed that the time had come to start calling the commonwealth New Dominion.

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The Populist Imperative

    "The outstanding faults of the economic society in which we live are its failure to provide for full employment and its arbitrary and inequitable distribution of wealth and incomes."

    John Maynard Keynes wrote that in 1936, but it applies to our own time, too. And, in a better world, our leaders would be doing all they could to address both faults.

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My big stoned gay wedding

    One of the first lessons every political activist learns the hard way is: Change doesn't happen overnight. No matter how noble the cause, it usually has to simmer for years before it finally heats up and public support turns around. Then, finally, your efforts pay off, you win the day, and you wonder why it took so long -- or how anybody could have opposed your idea in the first place.

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The Penance of Glenn Beck

    This week Glenn Beck said something I agree with. (Now, there's a line I never thought I'd write.) During an interview Tuesday with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Beck reflected on his time at Fox this way:

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