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January 22nd, 2014

Political hacks shouldn't be in charge of bridges

    Of the scandal threatening New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the aspect that struck me most forcibly had nothing to do with the governor's prospects in 2016. I suppose I reacted as a foreigner and a former civil servant: Putting aside the details of who knew what and when, how could an instruction to create a four-day traffic jam for no reason but partisan spite ever come to be issued, let alone carried out? That it was tells you something about politics and public administration in the United States.

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Rape, Abortion, and the Constitution

    Just when you think they can't possibly top themselves the Republicans do. I know I keep repeating myself but I just can't help but be amazed at each new day's "news." This time it is the rape audit that caught my attention. I note again that I give them credit for creativity; but a rape audit! You have to admit that one is hard to beat.

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Scandal In France

    I haven't paid much attention to François Hollande, the president of France, since it became clear that he wasn't going to break with Europe's destructive, austerity-minded policy orthodoxy. But now he has done something truly scandalous.

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The lost art of tough liberalism

    Can you be a tough liberal who also knows how to work with the other side? Can you be unwavering in trying to lift the wages of the low-paid, bring health coverage to the uninsured, equalize educational opportunities and protect the environment -- and still compromise enough to get all these things done?

    These words could be about the late Edward M. Kennedy. But they also describe Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., who announced his retirement this week. If the House has a Ted Kennedy, he's it.

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A simple test for conservative poverty proposals

    There's a simple way to tell whether the Republican Party's newfound commitment to fighting poverty is more than rhetoric: Follow the money.

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Anticipating tough midterm elections, Obama mounts bully pulpit

    Nine months before the midterm congressional elections that could make or break the final push for President Obama's legacy, he is revving up a broader outreach effort in the hope of reviving the support and spirit that brought him two terms in the Oval Office.

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Anticipating tough midterm elections, Obama mounts bully pulpit

    Nine months before the midterm congressional elections that could make or break the final push for President Obama's legacy, he is revving up a broader outreach effort in the hope of reviving the support and spirit that brought him two terms in the Oval Office.

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Anticipating tough midterm elections, Obama mounts bully pulpit

    Nine months before the midterm congressional elections that could make or break the final push for President Obama's legacy, he is revving up a broader outreach effort in the hope of reviving the support and spirit that brought him two terms in the Oval Office.

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Coburn leaves a lonely place lonelier

    You knew what might be coming when Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma announced in November that he had a recurrence of cancer. He managed for a long time with a triple threat - colon and prostate cancer and a benign brain tumor. He announced Thursday that he will leave at the end of this congressional session to spend the time he has left with his three children and seven grandchildren. It may be one of the only times when a politician says he wants to spend more time with his family and we know it is utterly the truth.

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E-cigarette users need love, too

    As a recovering nicotine addict, the rising tide of local bans against puffing in public on electronic cigarettes makes me wonder what the lawmakers have been smoking.

    By an overwhelming 45-4, Chicago's City Council has voted to follow New York, Los Angeles and other cities that have passed or are considering limits on e-cigarettes that banish their use in restaurants, bars and most other indoor public places.

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