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August 10th, 2014

Richard Nixon, Watergate Conspirator and Good Liberal

    Nixon without Watergate; it's like Beethoven without music or "The Godfather" without violence.

    Yet there was a lot more to the five and half years of Richard Nixon's presidency. That record, ironically, is largely painful for the conservatives who supported him for a quarter century, and not a bad one for the liberals who despised him.

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Plain vanilla bipartisanship

    When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?

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Nigeria is Africa's too-big-to-fail nation

    If there was one person attending this week's deftly staged U.S-Africa Leaders Summit who wanted the word "ebola" to dominate every headline, it would probably be Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

    Anything to keep Boko Haram out of the discussion.

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Mindsets worth changing

    School starts next week and my two sons are inconsolable about having to return to their hated "prisons."

    Based on the teachings of professor and researcher Carol Dweck, author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," they surely have a fixed idea about themselves.

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Immigration action echoes emancipation

    Not since Abraham Lincoln pondered his Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 has a president considered ordering a more sweeping adjustment to membership in the American community than the mass relief for illegal immigrants that President Barack Obama is said to be contemplating.

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Executive orders? Obama has no choice

    Congress has fled Washington for a five-week summer recess, but don't fret about all of the serious problems left unresolved in their absence. It won't make any difference. Under Speaker John Boehner, members of the 113th Congress accomplish as much out of town as in town. Which is absolutely nothing.

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Ebola-infected coverage of Africa summit

    Ebola was not supposed to have a prominent place on the agenda for this week's Africa summit. But it keeps infecting the discussion.

    Forty African heads of state visited Washington this week, snarling traffic as the Obama administration highlights what it describes as "one of the world's most dynamic and fastest-growing regions."

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What Bill Clinton Might Have Said...

    "I'm just saying, you know, if I were Osama Bin Laden -- he's a very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him -- and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him."

    Did President Clinton say these words a mere 10 hours before 9/11?

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The Panda Angle

    About politics and pandas ...

    This is obviously an attempt to get your attention by bringing up a cute and cuddly animal. But give me a break. It's August.

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The Class War Goes Retail

    For the first time since 1997, the U.S. economy just added at least 200,000 jobs per month for six months running. GDP grew at a 4 percent annual clip between April and June. The percentage of Americans who describe the economy as “good” has climbed to the highest level of President Barack Obama’s presidency.

    Who wouldn’t rejoice over these happy milestones on the bumpy road to a real recovery?

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