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Date

February 12th, 2015

Jeb Bush tastes first success in 2016 nomination stakes

    The early decision of Jeb Bush to jump-start a Republican race for the 2016 presidential nomination has already bagged its first victim in Mitt Romney.

    The sudden withdrawal of the 2012 nominee, after briefly testing the waters with donors, was predictable, and it was likely easier for Bush to achieve than chasing off some of the other contenders will be.

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Golden opportunity for GOP deal-making

    To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama's budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home -- in cash -- the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.

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Blogging is growing up and getting better all the time

    With the retirement of blogging pioneer Andrew Sullivan from the field, many people are questioning whether blogging as we know it is finished. Vox founder Ezra Klein, himself a blogging legend, says there are still plenty of interesting bloggers out there, and he kindly includes me on his list:

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A Bad Mistake

    The decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and House Speaker John Boehner to cook up an address to Congress by Netanyahu on why the U.S. should get tougher on Iran is churlish, reckless and, for the future of Israeli-American relations, quite dangerous.

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You will not refuse the Tar Sands Mafia

    The economy is on the rebound. Oil prices are down, down, down. So, what’s with that Putin face, Punky?

    It’s bad. It’s bad. So say analysts who point to all that oil-patch activity now screeching to a halt. It’s a calamity. Oh, the humanity.

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U.S. voters divided over issues large and small

    Raising the capital gains tax rate or building the Keystone XL pipeline aren't insignificant issues. But they pale compared with the 1960's fights over racial justice, the Vietnam War or whether the federal government should create and manage a national health insurance program for the elderly.

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Can Walker be president without a college degree?

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has buzz. He has impressed conservative activists in Des Moines and is the front-runner for likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers, according to a Bloomberg Politics-Des Moines Register poll published this weekend.

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A Democratic split over foreign policy

    For more than two years, a breach has been opening between President Obama and the foreign policy establishment of the Democratic Party. Last week, as Russia pressed a new offensive in Ukraine and the Senate debated sanctions on Iran, it cracked open a little wider.

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The Long-Run Cop-Out

    On Monday, President Barack Obama will call for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few years. He won't get all he's asking for, but it's a move in the right direction. And it also marks a welcome shift in the discourse. Maybe Washington is starting to get over its narrow-minded, irresponsible obsession with long-run problems and will finally take on the hard issue of short-run gratification instead.

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A Future Segregated by Science?

    Let me say up front: I'm not a science guy.

    I have always loved science, but I have always loved the arts - drawing, painting and, yes, writing - more.

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