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June 26th, 2014

Mississippi Goes for the Money

    Mississippi has sent us a message. I believe it boils down to: We Want Our Stuff.

    Big election night! As you no doubt have heard, Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who specializes in sending billions of dollars in federal pork back into his state, defeated a Tea Party challenger who ran against government spending.

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Not all media rolled over for Iraq War

    It's usual that an accusation against reporters comes from the political right, whether alleging they're in the tank for President Obama or that they're giving Hillary Clinton a free ride on the Benghazi terrorist attacks. But now a charge comes from the political left, passed on by a professional news kibitzer, Media Matters for America.

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Obama's Weakness, or Ours?

    The odds are that you think President Barack Obama's foreign policy is a failure.

    That's the scathing consensus forming, with just 36 percent of Americans approving of Obama's foreign policy in a New York Times/CBS News poll released this week. Foreign policy used to be a source of strength for the president, and now it's dragging him down - and probably other Democrats with him.

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Tragedy explored in 'Broken Heart Land'

    His family doesn't know if Zack actually heard any of it firsthand.

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Turned off by legal pot

    From her perch as head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nora Volkow watches anxiously as the country embarks on what she sees as a risky social experiment in legalizing marijuana.

    For those who argue that marijuana is no more dangerous than tobacco and alcohol, Volkow has two main answers: We don't entirely know, and, simultaneously, that is precisely the point.

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When Public Servants Demonize the Poor

    For years I’d wondered about the identity of a gaggle of anonymous commenters on Blog for Arizona, the website to which I frequently contribute. These guys weighed in a lot and were very eager to burnish the reputation of Arizona School Superintendent, John Huppenthal.

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Thad Cochran's Democratic Campaign

    "There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that's decided by liberal Democrats."

    The words of Chris McDaniel, the tea party candidate vanquished in Mississippi's runoff on Tuesday by Sen. Thad Cochran and the state's GOP establishment, were not the most gracious. But they contained an important truth about why Cochran prevailed after finishing second in the first round of voting on June 3.

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The Right's Mistake Was Waking the Others

    The tea partyers made a serious blunder in Mississippi, costing them a runoff win: They carelessly slipped their magic passion potion to the opposition.

    The hard right's strength comes from the nearly religious fervor that propels its small numbers to the polls at times when the larger numbers are snoozing. In Mississippi, the right woke up the larger numbers.

    Hold that thought, will you?

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June 23rd

The New Eric Cantor

    How's this for a punch line? You stage a rebellion to get rid of Eric Cantor, who is on his worst day (to critics on the right) a very conservative guy who relishes hardball tactics, and he gets replaced by a pragmatic moderate from California. You call this victory?

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Maliki seen as losing bet for U.S.

    For years, U.S. officials have debated in meetings and in classified cables whether Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is a uniter or a divider.

    Now, events may have provided the answer.

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