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November 6th, 2014

Washington's appealing case for the 2024 Olympics

    Whatever the outcome of the U.S. elections next week, political Washington will be as divisive and dispirited as before Nov. 4; that probably will be the case after the 2016 presidential election, too.

    There is a potential event that could bridge, for a while, the petty partisanship and revitalize the capital: choosing Washington to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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The secrets behind 2014

    There's a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What's not being widely talked about is as important as what's in the news.

     Underappreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are not in play this year.

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Fight Washington paralysis with dose of technocrats

    Last time, I asked whether too much democracy had ruined America. In a sense, I said, it had. So what does an avowed anti-democrat suggest as an alternative? Less vetocracy, more technocracy.

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Are Our Courts for Sale?

    One of the most shocking ads aired this political season was aimed at a woman named Robin Hudson.

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24 drugs exist to treat sexual dysfunction. Guess how many of those are for women?

    Judith Reid-Haff wore a dark blazer, a skirt and mile-high patent red platform heels for the big day.

    It's not every day, after all, that you get to tell a federal panel about your sex life.

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Ideology and Investment

    America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: Public projects, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, provided the backbone for economic growth. Sometimes it provided incentives to the private sector, like land grants to spur railroad construction. Either way, there was broad support for spending that would make us richer.

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Ebola, pandering and courage

    Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts' North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record.

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No alternative to hope

    President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

    The speech that made him a national figure, his keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, is best known for his declaration that "there's not a liberal America and a conservative America, there's the United States of America." In light of what's happened since, you want to weep at those words.

October 30th

Hillary takes a leaf from Nixon's book and hits the campaign trail

    As 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton joins her party's push to survive the challenges it faces in the Nov. 4 midterm congressional elections, she is taking a page from the comeback playbook of another one-time presidential loser: Richard Nixon in 1966.

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Cowardice Plagues Pa. House of Representatives

    The Institute for Legislative Action of the National Rifle Association (NRA-ILA) gives politicians Defender of Freedom awards. The award, accompanied by a glowing press release, has little to do with freedom; it has everything to do with legislators advancing the NRA agenda.

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