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January 30th, 2014

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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Marriage Matters, in France and in Texas

    There is a difference between being married and not being married. That difference has come into sharp focus in the romantic life of French President Francois Hollande, a sort of Socialist Sun King around whom women revolve. All of his female companions are reputedly strong, but none seems strong enough to tell him to scram.

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Christie on two levels

    It's rare that you can look at your television screen and see not only what is happening but also what might have been. Chris Christie's inaugural address on Tuesday was at once a masterful summary of the best thinking among Republicans about where their party needs to move and a compendium of proclamations that now carry unfortunate double-meanings.

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The Quality of Accountability

    In the narrative of every political scandal comes the accountability moment. New facts slow to a trickle, and the next, insistent demand becomes: Who is being held accountable?) This is often a dumb question, asked for lack of a more fruitful topic and fueled by partisans more interested in point-scoring than problem-fixing.

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The Perils of Watered-Down Regulations

    “There’s a folksy saying my grandma taught me: ‘If it smells like licorice and tastes like licorice, it must be licorice.’ Now it has a corollary: ‘Or it could also be a 4-methylcyclohexane methanol spill into your water supply, so grab the children and run for your lives.’ It’s not quite as folksy anymore.”

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The Luck of the Pontiff

    President Barack Obama is going to visit the pope! He's been to the Vatican before, but not with this pope, who is perhaps the only person in the world almost everybody likes.

    Except Rush Limbaugh, which sort of makes it even better.

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Supreme Court can extend push for inequality

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