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January 14th, 2015

McDonnell should have been sentenced to 30 years in his wife's shoes

    Two years of prison time. That was the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge James Spencer to former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell for selling an office once occupied by Thomas Jefferson.

    It was far less than prosecutors were seeking, but far more than McDonnell's defense attorneys wanted.

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Don't despair on political prospects for 2015 -- yet!

    "As a Democrat, you must be so depressed starting off this new year with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress." With those words, legendary San Francisco talk show host Ronn Owens greeted me when I sat down for an interview this week during his annual visit to Washington.

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Delauter and Morrissey: Dumb and dumber

    Two different states, two different parties, two different political clowns.

    We'll get to the Republican clown in Maryland - Kirby Delauter Kirby Delauter Kirby Delauter - in a minute. Let's start with the Democratic clown in Virginia: Del. Joseph Morrissey.

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Cartoons didn't cause the attack on Charlie Hebdo

    An old friend, Tony Barber at the Financial Times, has triggered outrage for a blog post he wrote yesterday. He questioned the "foolish" editorial judgment of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine struck by a terrorist attack in which 12 people were killed.

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Veronica Rutledge And America's Gun Cult

    That Idaho mother shot to death by her 2-year-old son in a Walmart store? Judging by Veronica Jean Rutledge's biography, you can be just about certain that she'd driven to the store wearing a seat belt, with her little boy buckled carefully into his car seat.

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Truth takes a back seat in another historical movie

    As the uproar died down over the Hollywood comedy that depicted the fictitious assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, another movie came under fire for taking liberties with the truth. The film in question, "Selma," seemed to some critics to characterize the late President Lyndon B. Johnson as a reluctant dragon against civil rights.

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Tilting at Turbines

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and several of John D. Rockefeller’s heirs have some investment advice for you.

    They want you, your college or alma mater, your local firefighters’ pension fund, and all other investors — big and small — to adopt a new financial strategy.

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The hardest line to draw: Some satirists accept the price of pens held high

    "I prefer to die standing up than live on my knees."

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Satire, Terrorism, and Islam

    The French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo skewers people of all faiths and backgrounds. One cartoon showed rolls of toilet paper marked "Bible," "Torah" and "Quran," and the explanation: "In the toilet, all religions."

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Maryland politician apologizes for threat to sue newspaper over using his name

    Frederick County (Maryland) Council member Kirby Delauter apologized Wednesday for threatening to sue the local newspaper if it used his name without permission, an ultimatum that earned him a two-day skewering in the blogosphere as a national laughingstock.

    In an afternoon statement to the Frederick News-Post, Delauter said he'd acted abruptly and out of frustration.

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