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March 26th, 2015

Curtis Gans, a man who changed the course of history

    In high-stakes politics, sometimes the action of a little-known player drastically alters the chessboard with significant results. Such was the case of Curtis Gans, a serious game-changer who, as a University of North Carolina graduate, helped engineer the end of the Lyndon Johnson presidency.

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Cotton And The War Caucus Count On Constituents' Ignorance

    When a Man's fancy gets astride on his Reason;

    When Imagination is at Cuffs with the Senses; and

    common Understanding, as well as common Sense,

    is Kickt out of Doors; the first Proselyte he makes,

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Betting the Farm on a Lie

    Few things sell ideas in American politics like a good farm story.

    Just ask Representative Dave Reichert. He held a hearing recently on the impact of the estate tax on farms and small businesses.

    An outspoken critic of the tax, Reichert was inspired by a recent story featuring the McBrides — an old farming family from the town of Issaquah in his suburban Seattle district.

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An Uneasy Coalition for Israel

    If the Israeli election was above all a referendum on the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he prevailed. After accumulating nine years in office over three terms, that is a measure of his political guts, however limited his political achievements.

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Clinton and Gender Politics No Simple Matter

    Carly Fiorina has evidently hired herself as hit woman going after Hillary Clinton and her likely run for president. Fiorina is former chief of Hewlett-Packard and onetime Republican candidate for Senate from California. The thinking is that as a formidable woman, she can go after Clinton without being called a sexist male.

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Answer hate speech with education

    Frat boys caught on video singing a racist chant are shocking but not as surprising as we might think. New studies show young folks to be no less prejudiced than their elders. They just believe they are.

    And so do we, their elders.

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A GOP adrift

    It's been just a few weeks since Republicans took full control of Congress, but already it is safe to say they have no earthly idea of what they want to accomplish.

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The Hidden Talent of Steve Jobs

    The relationship between journalists and Steve Jobs could often be fraught, but there were always a handful of reporters he liked and trusted. They included John Markoff of The New York Times, Steven Levy, formerly of Wired magazine (he's now at Medium), Walt Mossberg, the longtime technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal (he's now at Re/code), and Brent Schlender of Fortune. They had all been on the technology beat seemingly forever, and they had known Jobs for decades.

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Our Congress has become Fraternity Row

    On “The Nightly Show,” Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore nailed it.

    After the University of Oklahoma kicked its SAE fraternity off campus for a racist display that even for rich white boys was way past the pale, Wilmore quipped:

    "Don't worry; you won't be seeing any more of those frat boys -- until they're your congressmen."

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A deal bigger than Iran: Negotiations are about more than nukes

    There is a revealing contradiction in the Obama administration's pre-defense of a nuclear deal with Iran. The White House claims that Israeli and Republican critics have no alternative, other than war. But President Barack Obama recently reiterated that he is ready to "walk away" from a bad deal - and that the chances are no better than even that Iran will accept his terms.

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