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Date

March 12th, 2015

Hope for Obamacare advocates?

    Will Justice Anthony Kennedy’s solicitude for states trump his antipathy to the Affordable Care Act and save the day for Obamacare?

    With all the usual caveats -- it’s dangerous to read too much into random comments at oral argument, justices are apt to change their minds -- that seems to be the better bet emerging from the argument Wednesday in King v. Burwell.

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Hillary's impulse to secrecy

    Hillary Clinton may not have a serious opponent for the Democratic nomination -- except herself.

    The Clintons' unfortunate tendency to be their own worst enemy is on display, again, with reports that, as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton conducted official business solely from a personal email account.

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A Crash Course on Reality

    I was always one of those kids who got As in school.

    Give me an assignment, I’ll do it. A test? I’ll take it. Lecture to me, and I’ll absorb every word.

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What Bibi Didn't Say

    Now that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made his case on Iran before Congress, with all the circus atmosphere it involved, let's get to the serious questions: What is America's interest in striking a deal with Iran? Because our interests and Israel's are not fully aligned. What is the minimum we need to satisfy our interests? And how should we balance the critiques of our policy from the serious Bibi versus the cynical Bibi?

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Ryan can't fool us again on Obamacare

    Just how stupid does Paul Ryan think we are?

    The Wisconsin Republican and two other House committee chairmen claim in an op-ed today that they are just about ready to propose an Obamacare "off-ramp" if the Supreme Court decides in King v. Burwell to destroy the federal health-insurance markets in more than half the states.

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Open Internet Survives Weird Politics

    Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn't supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. Texas Republican Ted Cruz called it "Obamacare for the Internet" (in his world, fightin' words).

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Hillary's Messy Habits

    Hillary and Bill Clinton have one home in Washington, D.C., another in Chappaqua, New York, and a whole wide world that opens its arms and wallets to them.

    But their permanent address is on the fault line where defiance meets self-destruction.

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Bitcoin continues to confuse central bankers

    Bitcoin, the poster child for digital currencies, is proving something of a headache for central banks. Should they ban it, regulate it, embrace it, undermine it or just ignore it? Their best bet would be to let Darwinism take its course, and resist the regulatory impulse to interfere with either Bitcoin's survival or demise. And, if it lives, they should step aside and celebrate innovation rather than try to block its progress.

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The insanity of the death penalty

    The biggest jury pool in history has been summoned in the case of the man who admits he shot dead 12 people and wounded 70 in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.

    Whenever it is that 12 untainted jurors can be seated -- among the 9,000 summoned -- to try James Holmes, they should do us a service and stay seated for the trial of Homer Caster.

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The GOP's loud 'yes' to 'no'

    It's a daunting challenge to spin the word "no" into a hopeful and forward-looking political battle cry.

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