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January 22nd, 2014

Peeling Away The Plastic

    It's hard to imagine anything more painful than going through the presidential campaign all over again with Mitt Romney.

    Unless it's going through two presidential campaigns with Mitt Romney.

    But, yes, that's the narrative of a new buzzed-about documentary that had its world premiere here Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

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The battle over censorship

    In a world in which 71 journalists were killed on the job last year, the expulsion of one ink-stained wretch by Russia may seem a small matter. But the sustained effort of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin to control what is written, said or thought about the regime is a revealing moment in a broad struggle for power in a rapidly changing world.

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The Cruelest Pregnancy

    What would Marlise Munoz have made of all of this?

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Advice to candidates: Don't underestimate New Jersey

    It's called the Garden State and in earlier days was known for the many vegetable farms in its rural central and southern counties. But New Jersey's reputation beyond its borders more often casts it now as a rough-edged place where the natives "tawk" funny and say they come from "Joisey," (except, of course, around Princeton).

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The Fallout of Dysfunction

    In any complex system, from the human body to the automobile, one malfunctioning part can strain the entire mechanism. The same is true of our out-of-alignment government.

    A dysfunctional Congress corrodes the rest of the constitutional architecture. It imposes a burden on other branches to pick up the policymaking slack, and threatens to shift excessive authority outside the legislature.

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January 16th

Five ways Obama can get his groove back in 2014

    Even with no real scandal and only one demonstrable policy blunder, the health-care rollout, President Barack Obama had a miserable 2013 as his public standing plummeted. History suggests it is tough for a second- term president to rebound. Here are five ways Obama could defy those odds.

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