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Date

March 5th, 2015

In ACA case, context is key

    As with everything else here these days, the talk about the Affordable Care Act case before the Supreme Court this week will focus on ideological splits: Will any conservative justice join the four liberals all but certain to back the administration?

    In fact, the correct conservative legal position would be to rule for the administration.

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CPAC: Hackneyed and Hollow

    I never know how to set my expectations for the Conservative Political Action Conference, also known as CPAC.

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Boehner on the hot seat

    One of this city's current mysteries is why Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner wants to hold onto the job. His roughly four years in the post have been a nonstop struggle not only with the Democrat in the Oval Office but also with his fractious GOP membership.

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A Model Philanthropist

    When you get fed up with all the greed and narcissism that seems to rule our country, a good way to restore your faith in humankind is to reflect on the generosity of people like Ron Read — a philanthropist from Dummerston, Vermont.

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The Two Israels

    For generations, Americans and others have been donating trees to Israel through the Jewish National Fund.

    "Planting a tree in Israel is the perfect way to show you care," the fund says on its website. An $18 donation buys a tree, turns the desert green, protects the environment and supports an embattled Jewish state. The fund says it has planted more than 250 million trees in Israel so far.

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Dirty Words From Pretty Mouths

    It is a vulgar truth universally acknowledged that the creators of "Sex and the City" on HBO, Darren Star and Michael Patrick King, ratcheted up the raunch of the original Candace Bushnell column about single women in Manhattan.

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Despicable Us

    Maybe those of us who write about politics and campaigns should adopt a bristly uniform of hair shirts, so that we're constantly atoning for our sins.

    Maybe we should wear targets, the better for our critics to take aim at us.

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And Now, Homeland Insecurity

    Great news! Congress has voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a week.

    Does that make you feel better, people? The department was due to run out of money Friday night, and the new congressional Republican majority threw itself at the challenge. And after the seventh day, they rested.

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The right fight in the District of Columbia, but the wrong reason

    Sometimes it's hard to choose your poison, especially when all the options are horrible. That's what it's like when the District of Columbia decides to take on Congress over an issue of self- government.

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The new steerage

    In 2008, The New York Times' great (and now former) labor reporter Steven Greenhouse authored a book titled "The Big Squeeze." The squeeze in question, of course, was the increasing economic pressure on America's middle and working classes.

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