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November 27th, 2014

Putin Plays Hardball

    This week marks the fifth anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky's death in a Russian prison. He was 37 years old, a member of the emerging middle class who worked as a lawyer for a man named Bill Browder, the leader of the largest Russia-only investment firm in the world. Browder's company, Hermitage Capital Management, started with $25 million during the Wild West-era of early Russian capitalism and had $4.5 billion in assets by the early 200os.

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Coming Obamacare battle has risk for all sides

    As President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans profess to search for common ground, both sides are preparing to lob grenades: the president with an executive action on immigration, the new Congress by making the repeal of Obamacare one of its first initiatives.

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Partisanship Breaks the Government

    This could be a rather heated winter. All three branches of government are on course to collide over partisan politics, constitutional authority and scope of power, particularly as vested in the executive branch.

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Loving Uber Less

    Some Uber customers are reportedly deleting the car-hailing service's app from their cellphones. Here is the reason, which may come on top of other reasons:

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November 20th

Death by Typo

    My parents used to own a small house with a large backyard, in which my mother cultivated a beautiful garden. At some point, however - I don't remember why - my father looked at the official deed defining their property, and received a shock. According to the text, the Krugman lot wasn't a rough rectangle; it was a triangle more than a hundred feet long but only around a yard wide at the base.

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The Obama Opposition

    The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did.

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Cameron takes pandering too far

    David Cameron's gamble in promising Britain a stay-or-go referendum on membership of the European Union is growing more hazardous. Britain's prime minister wants the country to stay in the EU, but not on the existing terms. He'd like to renegotiate the contract and then recommend the new deal to voters - but he needs the other EU countries to go along.

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Dems bonked by Newton's apple

    The political Einsteins are flexing their brows over Nov. 4: They cite President Obama’s failure, Dems’ fecklessness, Republicans’ vision and efficacy, Mitch McConnell’s savoir faire. Egads.

    Sports fans: Is there anything more grating than The Wave? Imagine one that is confined to those in the box seats and luxury suites.

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Highway seizure in Iowa fuels debate about asset-forfeiture laws

    The two men in the rented red Nissan Altima were poker players traveling through Iowa on their way to Las Vegas. The police were state troopers on the hunt for criminals, contraband and cash.

    They intersected last year on a rural stretch of Interstate 80, in a seemingly routine traffic stop that would soon raise new questions about laws that allow police to take money and property from people not charged with crimes.

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Obama places a bet on Iran

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