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October 5th, 2015

Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

    During his historic U.S. visit, Pope Francis made headlines for speaking truth to power at the United Nations and the Capitol.

    But the “people’s pope” also addressed the powerless. Everywhere he went, he called on Americans to treat our undocumented immigrants better. In Washington, he dined with the homeless. In Philadelphia, he went out of his way to meet with survivors of clergy sex abuse and visit incarcerated people.

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Message To Congress

    Mr/s. Congressperson:

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Syria, Obama, and Putin

    Your Honor, I rise again in defense of President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria.

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Hillary Clinton’s Pajama Party

    She had a law career, an ambitious agenda as first lady, an industrious stint in the Senate, those years and miles as secretary of state.

    And it has come to this: In a bid to seem less stuffy and turn the page on a beleaguered (yet again) presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is chatting with Lena Dunham about singer Lenny Kravitz’s penis.

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October 1st

Kevin McCarthy's truthful gaffe

    So now we know: One of the principal reasons Republicans spent so much public money investigating the tragic Benghazi episode was to bring down Hillary Clinton's poll numbers.

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the likely successor to House Speaker John Boehner, told Fox News' Sean Hannity explicitly on Tuesday night that the Clinton investigation was part of a "strategy to fight and win."

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Drug Price Gouging a Product of Our Political System

    If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. But Shkreli -- a 32-year-old hedge fund director in T-shirts, dabbler in the punk rock music world -- has saved Tinseltown the trouble.

    Shkreli has also done the American people a service by showing in high def how the pharmaceutical industry gouges us. The pharmaceutical industry is angry with him for the same reason.

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You Can’t Fire Us, We Quit

    One by one the Republicans are falling away.

    First it was Rick “Oops” Perry. Maybe the former Texas governor hoped his new horn-rimmed glasses would make him look smarter after his flop in 2012. Alas, he still became the first of the 2016 candidates to walk the plank, taking his 1 percent of Republican voters with him.

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Uniting a house divided

    The revolt that brought down Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was rooted in the Republican right's frustration that the House, under Boehner, has failed to keep its promises. It has not abolished Obamacare, defunded Planned Parenthood or advanced many kindred right-wing causes.

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The Most Important Thing, and It’s Almost a Secret

    We journalists are a bit like vultures, feasting on war, scandal and disaster. Turn on the news, and you see Syrian refugees, Volkswagen corruption, dysfunctional government.

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The Failure Of Boehner

    Nothing so became John Boehner's tenure as House Speaker as his manner of leaving it. Subjectively speaking, he has never appeared to believe very much of the arrant nonsense his position required him to utter. An old-school politician who literally grew up working in the family bar, his conservatism is of the traditional Midwestern kind -- more Bob Dole, say, than Ted Cruz.

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