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February 6th, 2014

Henry Waxman

    My congressman has decided not to run for re-election. He's hardly unique in that respect: News accounts covering his decision describe his announcement as one more in a "wave" of retirements.

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Christie Plays Defense

    Do you think Chris Christie will be able to enjoy the Super Bowl?

    Everything looked so promising. The whole sports-loving world's fixated stare upon New Jersey. Plus, not insanely cold.

    And then a lawyer for one of the key players in the great bridge-lane-closing scandal drops a letter suggesting there's evidence the governor knew about what happened before he said he knew about what happened.

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Talking Troubled Turkey

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Same Old Story

    Presumably to no one's surprise, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7 today. On the other hand, it is such an outrageous bill that we couldn't help but hope that common sense would prevail. We thought that , at last, there was something that might even be too much for this body. Granted, there hasn't been much recently coming out of this Republican controlled House, that would give us much expectation that common sense might play a role.

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Politics vs. Immigration Reform

    Republicans are again at war with themselves over immigration reform. Ideally, they would agree on the need to legalize millions of illegal immigrants now here and to better control the number of future unskilled foreigners competing with our struggling working class.

    Unfortunately, neither the Republican Party's leadership nor its conservative opposition is entirely with the program. The conservative base doesn't want to legalize, and the leadership wants a generous supply of cheap labor.

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Obama, confidence builder

    When President Obama spoke to the nation Tuesday evening, his way was that of a politically moderate, temperamentally optimistic Democratic governor. He offered a long list of relatively modest but helpful programs that many voters will warm to and Republicans ought to have a hard time opposing.

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GOP has terrible niche it must scratch

    This just in: John McCain -- too liberal for the Republican Party. Guilty as charged, and as pronounced last week by state committee members of the Arizona Republican Party. They voted to censure the state's senior senator, and is anyone surprised?

    McCain's crimes: insufficiently pure thought, and collaboration with

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Ex-Senate staffer's death shows danger of silence on abuse

    We have to face the ugliness and deal with it.

    Jesse Ryan Loskarn couldn't, and because of that, one tragedy became another and another. And yes, the Senate staffer is a victim - and an abuser, too.

    Loskarn, 35, spoke from the grave this week in a sad, searing letter he apparently wrote before hanging himself in his parents' basement.

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This Is What Climate Change Looks Like

    “It’s been a bit cold here,” my dad told me on a recent phone call. He lives in Chicago; I’m in San Diego. The next time I turned on the news, I saw headlines screaming “Polar Vortex!” with sub-zero temperatures across the Midwest.

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The State of Our Union

    So the economy, it turns out, is better than it's been since Barack Obama took office. We are better off today than we were five years ago.

    Who knew?

    Oh, I guess we knew that the housing market is recovering and unemployment is down, and some baby boomers are actually beginning to retire. But it hardly feels like morning in America.

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