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Date

April 2nd, 2015

Ted Cruz Pop Quiz

    The presidential race is on! And right now the official pack of contenders consists of ... Ted Cruz.

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Republican list of things you cannot say

    You are, perhaps, already familiar with the Republican List of Things You Cannot Say. If not, here's a quick refresher:

    1. "Vagina." That's a definite no-no. Three years ago, Republicans in the Michigan statehouse banned Democratic Rep. Lisa Brown from speaking after she used the v-word.

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Obamacare Should Be Less Complex

    Let's start on an upbeat. Next to what we had before, Obamacare has been a spectacular success. The Affordable Care Act has brought medical security to millions of previously uninsured Americans and has helped slow the rise in health care spending.

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Mornings in Blue America

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Cruz zeroes in on his base

    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, the first Republican hopeful to formally enter the race for his party's 2016 nomination, is not one for subtlety. In his choice of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a fundamentalist Christian hotbed, he preached his true-faith conservative message to the choir.

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Your Dollars at Work — for the Rich

    Conservative pundits and politicians routinely divide our U.S. economy into two totally distinct spheres. We have the noble private sector over here, they tell us, and the bumbling, bloated public sector over there.

    In reality, of course, we have just one economy, with the private and public sectors inextricably entangled. Each year, in fact, hundreds of billions of tax dollars end up flowing directly into the private sector.

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When Nancy Met Johnny

    Today, concerned citizens, we will consider when we want our elected representatives to just throw in the towel and get something done.

    This comes up less often than you might think. On Wednesday, for instance, members of the House of Representatives had a choice between casting a meaningless "no" vote on a budget bill or supporting a plan that fails to do anything positive, including, um, add up.

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The Value of Nurses

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Talk Climate to Me

    Guffaws punctuated a Florida legislative hearing the other day.

    Lawmakers and onlookers chuckled as Florida Division of Emergency chief Bryan Koon tied his tongue in knots to avoid saying “climate change” while talking about — well, climate change.

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Specialized license tags come before the Supreme Court

    The right to free speech means nothing if not the right to express ideas that other people might find offensive. Protecting the exercise of that right is essential to democratic government, as the world was reminded, horrifically, by the mass murder of Muhammad-mocking cartoonists at France's Charlie Hebdo magazine in January.

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