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April 9th, 2014

The Water Cooler Runs Dry

    If you're closing in on 50 but want to feel much, much older, teach a college course. I'm doing that now, at 49, and hardly a class goes by when I don't make an allusion that prompts my students to stare at me as if I just dropped in from the Paleozoic era.

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Jeb In The Vortex

    The epic sibling drama of the Republican Party is finally coming to a climax.

    For many years, George and Barbara Bush assumed that their second son, Jeb, would be a winner in politics, while W., their eldest, would be a loser.

    Jeb was the prince of the dynasty, destined to be king. (Poppy Bush would only call their dynasty "the d word," wrinkling his nose in a vain attempt to seem like a Greenwich populist.)

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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

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Playing Hockey With Putin

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Share the torture report

    Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation's most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

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US and Canada: Together at Last?

    What country do Americans overwhelmingly like the most? Canada.

    What country do Canadians pretty much like the most? America.

    What country has the natural resources America needs? Canada.

    What country has the entrepreneurship, technology and defense capability Canada needs? America.

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An emotional double standard

    Let's have a rational discussion about the word "emotional."

    But first, I'd better calm down. Maybe I'll have a soothing cup of herbal tea and pet the cat. Oh wait, I don't have a cat.

    Which is lucky for former CIA director Michael Hayden, or else we'd both be so overwrought we'd be clawing his eyes out over his diss of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

    Make that sexist diss.

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Behind the GOP’s Unhealthy Attack

    To borrow a cute term William Safire penned for Spiro Agnew, the “nattering nabobs of negativism” carrying on about the evils of the Affordable Care Act aren’t going to roll back the health insurance overhaul they like to deride as “Obamacare.”

    Reality sure isn’t on their side. Since the ACA began to take effect, at least 9.5 million uninsured Americans have cut through the nonsense and gotten themselves some coverage.

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Close the Paris Hilton Loophole

    If our leaders want to balance the budget, here’s a suggestion: Congress can scrap a new “Paris Hilton” giveaway that’s draining billions of federal tax dollars.

    This giveaway takes the form of a complex tax loophole designed to circumvent the federal estate tax, one of the few ways a democratic society can reduce extreme wealth inequality.

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Dangerous mischief-making in Ukraine

    The report that protesters have declared two eastern Ukraine cities to be independent republics questions President Obama's assurance that there is no "military solution" to the crisis that began with Russian President Vladmir Putin's land grab of Crimea.

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