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August 10th, 2014

Blue vs. Blue Does Not Equal Red

    They are all Democrats, blue and blue. But like Republicans, they have opposing visions duking it out in the primaries.

    One side sees urgency in reforming public-employee benefits now eating state and local budgets alive. This group includes Democratic governors Jerry Brown in California, Andrew Cuomo in New York and Pat Quinn in Illinois.

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A Modest Proposal

    Enough with all the phony impeachment talk.

    Onward to a real impeachment!

    In the absurdist capital we live in, it would be good for all sides - in ways you may not have considered.

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Plato and the Promise of College

    Kimberly Lantigua, 17, is an avid reader, but of a somewhat unusual oeuvre. Not long ago she worked her way through novels that spawned movies starring Meryl Streep, one of her favorite actresses. "The Devil Wears Prada" was a breeze. "Sophie's Choice" is Kimberly's unsummited Everest.

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GOP's answer now: 'Dynamite the bridges'

    By review: If the Affordable Care Act were blown up as congressional Republicans desire, 12 million Americans who now have health insurance would have none.

    That being the case, one of the most telling comments of the last six rip-roarious years came the other day from Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

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August 7th

Tea party versus business backers in the bayou

    Fresh from helping save Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi from a tea party upstart, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is on the verge of endorsing an embattled Senate Democrat. According to the New York Times's Joe Nocera, national political director Rob Engstrom told the heads of the chamber's regional groups that the mother ship planned to support Louisiana's Mary L. Landrieu in a close race against three Republicans.

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Teachers Shouldn't Be Learning on the Job as They Go

    I'm starting to wonder if we've entered some kind of golden age of books about education. First came Paul Tough's book, "How Children Succeed," about the importance of developing noncognitive skills in students. It was published in September 2012. Then came "The Smartest Kids in the World," by Amanda Ripley, which tackled the question of what other countries were getting right in the classroom that America was getting wrong. Her book came out just about a year ago.

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Absent on immigration reform

    The Republican Party's paralysis on immigration is so complete -- and so utterly irresponsible -- that President Obama has no choice but to act on his own.

    Just say the word immigration and most GOP members of Congress either change the subject or scurry away. Rather than tackle a suite of genuine issues whose obvious solutions would clearly benefit the nation, House Republicans prefer to pass yet more useless bills that seek -- and fail -- to take away people's health insurance.

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Calls for impeachment: a timeline

    "It's all a scam started by the Democrats at the White House," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, insisted Tuesday when asked about impeaching President Barack Obama. "Why? Because they are trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's election."

    The latter part of that is true: Over the weekend, Democrats say they raised $2.1 million largely using the specter of an attempted impeachment.

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From legislative man caves to the Viagra Court

    When the ovum is ready, even if the woman isn't, sperm introduced into the picture will come from every direction.

    That's the picture for women on the public policy front right now. They're getting it from every direction.

    They've gotten it from five males on the Supreme Court who see birth control to be less the stuff of health-care mandates and more like, oh, eyeliner and blush.

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'Maybe in America'

    I've been arguing that the big divide in the world these days is between the world of order and a growing world of disorder. If you're keeping score at home, the world of disorder just added another country: Libya. America quietly folded up its embassy in Libya last week and left, leaving behind a tribal/militia war of all against all. Not good.

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