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November 13th, 2014

To fix Senate, how about working a 5-day week?

    As Republicans take control of the Senate, two of the chamber's former leaders have come up with a wild idea: Senators ought to work a full week like most other Americans.

    Former Majority Leaders Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said lawmakers should give up their habit of working only Tuesday through Thursday.

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Which Republican Party won the midterms?

    So what happens when a party that has defined itself as an insurgent outlier, scornful of compromise and dismissive of the legitimacy of its opposition, actually takes charge in Washington?

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A Changed China Awaits Obama

    President Barack Obama hasn't even begun his state visit to China and he has already been mocked.

    "U.S. public opinion has downgraded Obama," a state-run Chinese newspaper, Global Times, editorialized about Tuesday's election. "He has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters. U.S. society has grown tired of his banality."

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A Nation of Fear

    Maintenance workers at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pa., airport shot and killed a bear and her three cubs.

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Gray Hair and Silver Linings

    I turned 50 just the other day, but I got the gift that I most needed nearly two years earlier, from a couple of strangers whom I never saw again.

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Makers and Breakers

    Flip through any newspaper and go from the foreign news to the business pages and what you'll see is the "other" great geopolitical struggle in the world today. It's not the traditional one between nation states on land. It's the struggle between "makers" and "breakers" on the Internet.

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Waging a noble war against Christmas Creep

    Already in the CVSes of this world they have begun and completed their unholy work, stripping the shelves of their cheery weight of candy corn and filling them with green and red foil boxes of seasonal truffles.

    Yes, Halloween is over. But they were at it before.

    It's Christmas Creep. Christmas comes but once a year, but these days, it comes prematurely and won't go away.

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Clinton should be ready for inevitable attacks

    The Democrats' drubbing in the midterm elections simplified one of Hillary Clinton's challenges: Now she can strike some distance from President Barack Obama. Everybody else is doing it.

    The former secretary of state, who is almost certain to run for president, has the luxury of time to elaborate her strategy. There will be matters beyond her control: relentless attacks, including some from the left.

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Early forecast: More gridlock

    Is the government's gridlock about to be dislodged? Imagine the capital as a giant set of pulleys and levers, operating at cross purposes. In the end, the forces tugging President Obama and Republican leaders apart may be more powerful than the ones pushing them together.

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President's foreign policy intentions lie in ruins

    Now that the usual vows of good intentions are over between President Obama and the elected Republican leaders of the House and Senate -- all vowing willingness to work together to break the long legislative stalemate on Capitol Hill -- the question is will it really happen?

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