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February 6th, 2014

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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Obama's unheralded goal: Getting foreign policy off combat track

    The most poignant moment in President Obama's fifth State of the Union address came near the end, when he introduced the Army Ranger severely wounded in Afghanistan sitting in the House gallery, to thundering and heartfelt applause from the standing members of Congress below.

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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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