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March 5th, 2014

Don't Just Do Something. Sit There.

    With Russia growling over the downfall of its ally running Ukraine and still protecting its murderous ally running Syria, there is much talk that we're returning to the Cold War - and that the Obama team is not up to defending our interests or friends. I beg to differ. I don't think the Cold War is back; today's geopolitics are actually so much more interesting than that. And I also don't think President Barack Obama's caution is entirely misplaced.

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Five reasons to pay heed to Russians on Ukraine

    Russian rhetoric on Ukraine can be infuriating, a continuous rewriting of history to disguise a fundamental disbelief in its neighbor's right to become a fully independent country.

    For all that, Western leaders need to listen more carefully, because some of what is being said in Moscow is right.

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How drug gangsters copy al-Qaida

    Barely two days after Joaquin "El Chapo" (Spanish for "Shorty") Guzman Loera's arrest, Entertainment Weekly polled its readers as to who should play the Mexican drug lord in a movie about his life.

    The Spanish-language channel Univision already has ordered a 60-episode miniseries based on Guzman's life, EW reports. Its title: "The Drug Baron" or "El Varon de la Droga." Catchy.

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How Ukraine should handle the Tymoshenko question

    Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's most famous political prisoner, cut a frail and diminished figure when she emerged from jail last weekend to address the crowd on Kiev's Independence Square from a wheelchair. They were less than ecstatic, but don't count her out. She is one of the world's truly tough women.

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Biden unfairly denigrated in presidential contention

    In the already tiresome guessing game of whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, there's a wide assumption among Democrats that the nomination is hers for the asking. One apparent rationale is that the party has no one else to turn to who has comparable national recognition or appeal.

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Lobbying for Tollbooths and Speed Bumps on Our Information Superhighway

    Back in the infancy of the Internet Age, our hippest policy wonks orated endlessly about the emerging “information superhighway.”

    But that mouthful of a moniker would soon fall out of fashion. Anyone today who talks about the “information superhighway” comes across as a hopelessly uncool 1990s throwback. The irony here? If we truly treated the Internet as a “superhighway,” maybe we wouldn’t find ourselves in the online mess that now envelops us.

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Targeting the Johns in the Sex Trade

    Several police officers are waiting in a hotel room, handcuffs at the ready, when they get the signal. A female undercover officer posing as a prostitute is with a would-be customer in an adjacent room, and she has pushed a secret button indicating that they should charge in to make the arrest.

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The age of law-stopping in Congress

    In his more than 58 years in Congress, John Dingell has never been known to mince words. So it was no surprise that the 87-year-old Michigan Democrat announced his departure with a characteristically acerbic bang.

    "This Congress has been a great disappointment to everyone, members, media, citizens, and our country," said Dingell, who has served longer than any member in the history of either chamber. "Little has been done in this Congress, with 57 bills passed into law."

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The Newest Federalism

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The State of Arizona

    Arizona. Wow. How often do you find yourself saying, "Go, entrenched interests of the business community!" Yet here we are.

    Responding to howls from the state's economic interests, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religious conviction. Brewer is an erratic politician, but she's not crazy. After all, she did once refer to the state Capitol as "that hellhole."

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