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March 20th, 2014

Paul Ryan's Irish Amnesia

    In advance of St. Patrick's Day, I went time traveling, back to the 1840s and Ireland's great famine. On one side of the Irish Sea was Victorian England, flush with the pomp and prosperity of the world's mightiest empire. On the other side were skeletal people, dying en masse, the hollow-bellied children scrounging for nettles and blackberries.

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The 3 Faces of President Obama

    President Barack Obama is surely the first president to be accused of acting in foreign policy like Pollyanna, John Wayne and Henry Kissinger in the same month.

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Congress hard at work at nothing at all

    Sadly, the American public does not have a thunderbolt to throw at Congress to get its members to quit acting like petulant children and focus on doing the work of the nation.

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Dems in Distress

    Scott Brown, the Republican who admitted he wore pink leather shorts on his first date with his wife-to-be, is back.

    And Democrats are scared to death.

    It's not that Democrats are particularly scared that the 54-year-old former Massachusetts senator is going to get elected as a New Hampshire senator - although it's conceivable that a charming, carpetbagging, middling politician could jump across the border and unseat Jeanne Shaheen.

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Hitler analogy overstates situation in Ukraine

    In American domestic politics, messing with Social Security is known as "the third rail," referring to the power source for trains that is fatal to the touch. In foreign policy discussions, invoking the name of Adolf Hitler promises the same lethal result.

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Lettuce Look at Some Prices

    I was resting at home when Marshbaum called to ask if I wanted to go with him to look at the lettuce.

    “The supermarket’s got lettuce for less than two bucks a head,” he said enthusiastically.

    “What’s so unusual about that?”

    “Because it’s going to be extinct in a few weeks.”

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The CIA as own worst enemy

    Watching Dianne Feinstein tear into the Central Intelligence Agency on the Senate floor the other day brought to mind a 1970s-era television commercial about a margarine supposedly indistinguishable from butter.

    "Chiffon's so delicious, it fooled even you, Mother Nature," says the narrator.

    "Oh, it's not nice to fool Mother Nature," she replies, her voice becoming steely as she raises her arms to summon thunder and lightning.

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The politics of hopelessness

    Listlessness is bad politics. Defensiveness is poor strategy. And resignation is never inspiring.

    You can feel elements of all three descending around President Obama as he fends off attack after attack from his conservative foes who vary the subject depending on the day, the circumstance and the opportunity.

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March 12th

The Inflation Obsession

    Recently the Federal Reserve released transcripts of its monetary policy meetings during the fateful year of 2008. And boy, are they discouraging reading.

    Partly that's because Fed officials come across as essentially clueless about the gathering economic storm. But we knew that already. What's really striking is the extent to which they were obsessed with the wrong thing. The economy was plunging, yet all many people at the Fed wanted to talk about was inflation.

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Clinton's run blocks would-be Democratic contenders

    If Hillary Clinton doesn't run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 - and there's 1 chance in 5 of that - the party could have a nervous breakdown.

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