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November 13th, 2014

America's Broken Politics

    Let's face it: The American political system is broken.

    The midterm elections were a stinging repudiation of President Barack Obama, but Republicans should also feel chastened: A poll last year found Congress less popular than cockroaches.

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Citizens United Ruling Resonates In Midterm Results

    Look at it this way: At least the 2014 midterm elections are over.

    Maybe the most clueless pronouncement ever made by a U.S. Supreme Court justice was Anthony Kennedy's comment in the 2010 Citizens United case arguing that unlimited "independent (campaign) expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption."

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Is Obama now irrelevant?

    Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton's Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives in the midterm congressional elections. Thereafter, he felt the need to declare at a press conference that "the president is relevant here."

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Nixing midterm elections a good idea, but an unlikely one

    As American political junkies pore over the mid-term congressional election results to appraise President Obama's fate for his final two years in office, a very welcome idea has emerged from the hallowed halls of Duke University.

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The Unbearable Politeness of Being Gus Speth

    James Gustave Speth garnishes reflections on his many accomplishments with self-deprecating humor.

    And the man who helped establish two influential environmental organizations, piloted a United Nations agency, and served in the Carter White House wants you to know he got his share of rejections.

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Your Server Isn’t on the Menu

    At a popular sit-down restaurant in Independence, Missouri, Allison waits tables for $3.60 an hour — the going rate for servers at her restaurant.

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Bigger than 2010

    For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse.

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Don't hold your breath for Mitch McConnell

    In what will no doubt be remembered as the understatement of the century so far, President Obama confessed at his news conference the day after the midterm elections: "There's no doubt that Republicans had a good night."

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Fair pay, without politics

    Of all the instruments government might employ to fight income inequality and reward work, the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, is one of the bluntest.

    Congress sets it based on nothing but politics. It works as a tax on business, whose benefits often accrue to middle-class teenagers, and whose costs - fewer jobs and higher prices - are partly borne by needier intended beneficiaries.

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Free Speech A Step Too Far

    Free speech has gone a step too far. Oh, no. I don't mean true speech, the kind that humans make with a sound coming from their throats, or even the written word. I mean the kind generated from money, the kind ruling elections in our great nation.

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