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October 23rd, 2015

That voodoo that they do so well

    Out of the murky depths of Donald Trump’s ego emerges something approximating a public policy position – or at least one that doesn’t involve walls or deportations.

    We speak of actual fiscal policy. And here’s the thing: Of those details that aren’t too vague to ascertain, factcheck.org says Trump’s plan would blow up the federal deficit like few proposals before.

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What Clinton Got Wrong About Snowden

    Hillary Clinton is wrong about Edward Snowden. Again.

    The presidential candidate and former secretary of state insisted during the recent Democratic debate that Snowden should have remained in the United States to voice his concerns about government spying on U.S. citizens. Instead, she claimed, he “endangered U.S. secrets by fleeing to Russia.”

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Oddballs Like These Make Hillary’s Odds Good

    Eight years ago in New Hampshire, when the question of Hillary Clinton’s likability came up during the Democratic presidential debate, Barack Obama said, memorably:

    “You’re likable enough, Hillary.”

    That condescending comment earned him the scorn among some liberals that he deserved. But it rang true, even to many Democrats.

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The Scary Specter of Ted Cruz

    Since leaving the White House, George W. Bush has taken pains not to insert himself into the events of the day. Not to weigh in. Not to utter statements bound to become headlines.

    When he breaks that habit, you perk up and wonder why.

    He broke it in regard to Ted Cruz.

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If only Trey Gowdy could meet with Sam Ervin

    Somebody should tell Trey Gowdy about Sam Ervin and Tom Coburn. They could teach him that congressional investigations really can be bipartisan.

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Trump's crazy tariffs

    All right, let's take Donald Trump seriously. Instead of ridiculing his hair, judge the man on his ideas, especially his business-oriented plans for rekindling the U.S. economy.

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Joe Biden's dignity

    It was a withdrawal speech that sounded like an announcement speech, and it perfectly captured the aching ambivalence of Joe Biden.

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Jim Webb's 'culture' war

    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, feeling disrespected at CNN's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, says he's dropping out to consider running as an independent. That's his right, but I wonder whether anyone will notice.

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The blame lies with the terrorists

    Is Jeb Bush justified in claiming his brother "kept us safe" from terrorism? Obviously not.

    Let me be clear: It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks. That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 19 evil young men, most of them Saudi nationals, who hijacked airplanes, turned them into missiles and killed 3,000 Americans.

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State gun laws upheld, but logic is complicated

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