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February 12th, 2015

Anchors Aweigh

    This was a bomb that had been ticking for a while.

    NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division.

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Politics by Restaurant Review

    Today, we're going to talk about "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," Mike Huckabee's entry into the presidential book-writing sweepstakes. These tomes are going to be piling up soon, and remember: We read them so you don't have to.

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New congressional leadership, same stalemate

    All through the 2014 midterm campaign and thereafter. the Republican leaders boasted that once they got their hands on the reins of Congress they would come out smoking with their long-stymied agenda for getting the country out of the doldrums.

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Net Neutrality Rules

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Brian Williams and the fog of memory

    We aren't the stupid party. That was the word early this week from GOP central command. From now on, Republicans are four-square behind vaccinating children against deadly diseases. Welcome to the 19th century. Louis Pasteur is smiling down.

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Brian Williams and the fog of memory

    We all know how fungible memory is.

    Get together with your family members over the holidays, and you are bound to argue over what exactly happened to whom, and when. You think that your sister was the one who pushed you during that long car trip; your sister thinks that she was in a helicopter shot down with an RPG.

    For example.

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A juvenile GOP

    Bang. Bang. Crash That was the sound of the Republican majority in Congress shooting itself in both feet, then tripping over them.

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Who's middle class? It's gotten impossible to tell

    Once again, political discussion has shifted to the travails of the American middle class. This will happen every once in a while, for two reasons. Since the distribution of income is roughly bell-shaped, the middle of the distribution is where you will find the most votes. Second, a plurality of Americans still consider themselves "middle class," so that's a big interest group.

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Goodbye to the Dish and old-school blogging, too

    Andrew Sullivan will cease publishing his blog Friday, after more than a decade. For those of us who have been around a long time, this can't help but feel personal.

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Everything you need to know about net neutrality now

    You may have heard that the Federal Communications Commission is proposing some new rules for the Internet. Here's what they mean for you, in plain English.

    Q: What is the FCC proposing?

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