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February 6th, 2014

'Yes, we can'? Maybe not so much

    My fellow Americans, the state of the Barack Obama presidency is ... cautious? Defiant? Constrained? Humbled?

    How about all of the above?

    Compared to last year's State of the Union address, President Obama lowered his expectations this year. I'm sure he was thinking of the meager fruits of last year's address. The Washington Post's fact-checkers awarded him only five "wins" out of 24 proposals they checked.

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A more realistic president?

    As President Obama embarks on his sixth year in the Oval Office, he does so with a greater reality of the political equation he faces, as clearly demonstrated the other night in his State of the Union address.

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The Gospel According To Paul

    So how do you make Monica haunt Hillary's dreams?

    That's what Republicans have been gnawing on, and that's what not-so-bland Rand Paul was cagey enough to figure out.

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A Wonderful Country

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A Grimm apology

    For a human named after a compiler of fairy tales, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., seems to have a lot of anger.

    "Let me be clear to you. You ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this [bleeping] balcony," he informed reporter Michael Scotto on Tuesday night after Scotto tried to ask about a federal investigation into Grimm's campaign fundraising. He added: "I'll break you in half. Like a boy."

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Unionized College Athletes?

    Kain Colter is a senior at Northwestern University, a pre-med student majoring in psychology with a 3.1 GPA. For the past two years, he has also been the starting quarterback for the university's football team, where he has shown himself to be a real leader and, in the words of his academic adviser, "a wonderful example of a true student-athlete."

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The Masculine Mistake

    If one of the overt Democratic lines of attack against Republicans is that Republicans are conducting a war on women, one of the low-simmering, implicit lines of attack from Republicans is that Democrats are conducting a war on men, or at least traditional views of masculinity.

    The idea of the effete, feminized liberals threatening to suffocate the last remaining expression of true manliness is rife in Republican rhetoric. They are selling the right wing as the last refuge of real men.

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The imperial Obama presidency

    What was Obama thinking? He's never made any secret of his disdain for members of Congress. After all, he made it all the way to the White House after serving only three years on the Hill. What's wrong with those dumbbells who've spent half a lifetime there? They're clearly not as smart as he is.

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Over-the-top victims

    An ugly outbreak of whiny victimhood is ravaging some of America's most exclusive ZIP codes. It's as if some 1 percenters suddenly fear that old warning: "When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich."

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On fiscal issues, silence

    One way to think about the State of the Union is to examine the depressing catalog of last year's unfinished business -- reforming immigration, repairing crumbling infrastructure, expanding early childhood education. This list resembles a New Year's resolution dutifully dusted off every Jan. 1 -- Lose weight! Get organized! -- but never achieved.

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