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June 18th, 2014

When Will Hillary Let It Go?

    No one wrote about blondes like Raymond Chandler.

    "There is the small cute blonde who cheeps and twitters and the big statuesque blonde who straight-arms you with an ice-blue glare," he wrote in "The Long Goodbye." "There is the blonde who gives you the up-from-under look and smells lovely and shimmers and hangs on your arm and is always very, very tired when you take her home."

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Obama, McCain and Al-Maliki

    The debacle in Iraq isn't President Barack Obama's fault. It's not the Republicans' fault. Both bear some responsibility, but, overwhelmingly, it's the fault of the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki.

    Some on the left suggest that President George W. Bush is at fault because he invaded Iraq in the first place. Sen. John McCain argues that the White House bears such responsibility that Obama should replace his national security team.

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Naked Confessions of the College-Bound

    The Yale applicant had terrific test scores. She had fantastic grades. As one of Yale's admissions officers, Michael Motto, leafed through her application, he found himself more and more impressed.

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5 Principles for Iraq

    The disintegration of Iraq and Syria is upending an order that has defined the Middle East for a century. It is a huge event, and we as a country need to think very carefully about how to respond. Having just returned from Iraq two weeks ago, my own thinking is guided by five principles, and the first is that, in Iraq today, my enemy's enemy is my enemy. Other than the Kurds, we have no friends in this fight. Neither Sunni nor Shiite leaders spearheading the war in Iraq today share our values.

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Virginia dentist's compassion stands out in a state that won't expand Medicaid

    For more than half a century, kids in Virginia with bad teeth and poor families have had somewhere to go.

    Their parents - immigrants, minimum-wage laborers, the unemployed - usually found Gerald Frank through the grapevine. And they spread the word about his modest dental office. At 75, he's been an oasis of compassion in a state that refuses to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians who desperately need health care insurance.

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Try a Little Common Sense

    Last month, around the same time the European High Court ruled that Europeans had a "right to be forgotten" by the search engine Google, a man named Tim Barefield approached me with the following story:

    Barefield's brother Robert and Robert's partner, Stephen, were vacationing in Cambodia this year. On the day they visited the Angkor Wat temple, something terrible happened to Stephen: Near the top of the temple, he suddenly fell over backward and died.

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The Power of 3,607

    That's how many people it took to bring down House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, doom immigration reform and leave all but the most tea-sodden Republicans quaking.

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Overdosing on tea

    The Republican Party's reliance on tea party support is like an addict's dependence on a dangerous drug: It may feel good at first, but eventually it eats you alive.

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A Game of Groans

    Today let's find fun ways to talk about the Highway Trust Fund.

    I'm thinking about a game, where players move tiny cars around the board, trying to make money for road and bridge repair. If nobody wins, construction workers will be laid off, the economy will tank and every player has to spend the winter sitting in a 7-foot-wide pothole.

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The Fix Isn't In

    How big a deal is the surprise primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader? Very. Movement conservatism, which dominated American politics from the election of Ronald Reagan to the election of Barack Obama - and which many pundits thought could make a comeback this year - is unraveling before our eyes.

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