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February 12th, 2015

Net Neutrality Rules

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Brian Williams and the fog of memory

    We aren't the stupid party. That was the word early this week from GOP central command. From now on, Republicans are four-square behind vaccinating children against deadly diseases. Welcome to the 19th century. Louis Pasteur is smiling down.

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Brian Williams and the fog of memory

    We all know how fungible memory is.

    Get together with your family members over the holidays, and you are bound to argue over what exactly happened to whom, and when. You think that your sister was the one who pushed you during that long car trip; your sister thinks that she was in a helicopter shot down with an RPG.

    For example.

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A juvenile GOP

    Bang. Bang. Crash That was the sound of the Republican majority in Congress shooting itself in both feet, then tripping over them.

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Who's middle class? It's gotten impossible to tell

    Once again, political discussion has shifted to the travails of the American middle class. This will happen every once in a while, for two reasons. Since the distribution of income is roughly bell-shaped, the middle of the distribution is where you will find the most votes. Second, a plurality of Americans still consider themselves "middle class," so that's a big interest group.

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Goodbye to the Dish and old-school blogging, too

    Andrew Sullivan will cease publishing his blog Friday, after more than a decade. For those of us who have been around a long time, this can't help but feel personal.

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Everything you need to know about net neutrality now

    You may have heard that the Federal Communications Commission is proposing some new rules for the Internet. Here's what they mean for you, in plain English.

    Q: What is the FCC proposing?

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'Envy' vs. 'greed'

            Rep. Paul Ryan values his reputation as a serious policy analyst and a genial soul. But he's not above name-calling, and he insists that President Obama's budget is the product of "envy economics."

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Does showing a horrific video serve a legitimate purpose?

    Fox News took the controversial step Tuesday of posting online the 22-minute video, from the Islamic State terror group, that shows Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned to death. To alert Internet users to what's in the video, the presentation features these words: "Warning, extremely graphic video."

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Can't we all just follow the science?

    Politics is a funny business. And totally unpredictable. Just when it looks like some politician is riding high, you never know what unexpected event might trip them up. Look at Chris Christie and Rand Paul. They were riding high on their way to 2016 this week, when they both came down with a bad case of measles.

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