Archive - 2014

Date

July 13th

Clinton's identity crisis

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Are Virginia legislators secretly making a reality TV show?

    Don't you see what they're doing?

    The shopping binges, the bizarro legislation and now the alleged sex and sexting with a teen? It makes perfect sense when you contemplate what must be the real reason Virginia legislators are acting like wackos. They're trying to help the commonwealth by making it home to a top-rated reality show.

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Parents tell Congress how VA failed their children: Veterans who committed suicide

    Parents of military veterans who took their own lives after surviving combat told a congressional panel on Thursday how not to prevent suicide:

    * Turn away a veteran of some 400 combat missions in Iraq because he's no longer active in the National Guard.

    * Then turn him away because he was previously in the Guard and refer him to a military facility where he's promptly referred back to the VA.

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When Warren Harding bared all to his mistress

    Every so often, we get a poignant reminder of what has been lost now that letter writing has been replaced by texting, emoticons or nothing at all, if you're a politician afraid to commit anything to paper for fear it will show up on page one or be read aloud by a committee chairman on a tear.

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'Photo op' gaffe reveals Obama's tin ear

    President Obama's comment that "I'm not interested in photo ops" about the border crisis during last week's visit to Texas was akin to your neighborhood pup not being interested in chasing squirrels.

    Particularly in today's social-media madness of "selfies" and endless Internet traffic of other self-aggrandizing photo opportunities, cameras are catnip to politicians at all levels, and certainly the presidential.

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At last, Cleveland gets another turn in the limelight

    After 80 years, the city of Cleveland, much maligned in lore as "the mistake on the lake," has been selected to host a national political convention in 2016. Famous Ohioans President William McKinley and Mark Hanna, the Karl Rove of his day, might well be turning in their graves.

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Impeachment: Palin's crusade, GOP's headache

    Sarah Palin has joined a rising drumbeat of Republicans who call for President Barack Obama's impeachment. Democrats can barely conceal their glee.

    It's hard to think of anything that would give a bigger boost to the Democrats' currently gloomy prospects in November's mid-term elections.

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GOP now embraces frivolous lawsuits

    We all mourn the death of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, a great senator and statesman. And, no doubt, before his passing, Howard Baker mourned the death of the Republican Party he once knew and led so well. It ain't the same party anymore.

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Who Wants a Depression?

    One unhappy lesson we've learned in recent years is that economics is a far more political subject than we liked to imagine. Well, duh, you may say. But, before the financial crisis, many economists - even, to some extent, yours truly - believed that there was a fairly broad professional consensus on some important issues.

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Rules To Run By

    The 2014 election year is just kicking into gear, but we've learned so much already. Among the political pointers for candidates of the future:

    Do not attempt to curry favor with the voters by changing your name.

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