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May 14th, 2014

Show time on Benghazi

    Before asking a question at the coming show trial, each self-righteous congressional inquisitor should be required to correctly locate Benghazi on an unlabeled map.

    That would shorten the farce. My guess is that some of the House Republicans screaming loudest in faux outrage would be hard-pressed to find Libya, much less pinpoint the city where four Americans were tragically killed.

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The Speaker's Sand Trap

    The Speaker is hitting the links.

    "This is a Tee Party I can live with," he grins, as he puts a tee emblazoned with "Speaker Boehner" into the turf.

    The GOP's Dean Martin is on the road, making a ring-a-ding and ka-ching tour to rake in the moolah to ensure that Republicans keep the House in November and he keeps his job.

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The Square People, Part 1

    I think I'll plan to go from Kiev to Hanoi more often. It's only when you go to two seemingly disconnected places that you see the big trends, and one of the big ones I've noticed is the emergence of "The Square People."

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GOP hopefuls seek inner-city education

    Has Sen. Rand Paul flip-flopped on the issue of voter ID requirements?

    A year ago at historically black Howard University, the Kentucky Republican defended his party's push for voter identification card requirements, saying they hardly compared to the racist voting restrictions of the old Jim Crow South.

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Happy Times in Hedge Fund America

    Pharrell Williams should be happy. The singer has had the world’s hottest pop single over the past six months. His Happy has been topping the charts everywhere, from the United States to Bulgaria.

    If this bouncy ditty keeps selling, Williams might even end 2014 as happy as Taylor Swift, the most lavishly compensated musical artist in all of 2013. Swift took home $39.7 million for the year.

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It's Now the Canadian Dream

    It was in 1931 that the historian James Truslow Adams coined the phrase "the American dream."

    The American dream is not just a yearning for affluence, Adams said, but also for the chance to overcome barriers and social class, to become the best that we can be. Adams acknowledged that the United States didn't fully live up to that ideal, but he argued that America came closer than anywhere else.

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Midterm elections may seal fate of Obama's legacy

    Every two-term president since the 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951 has faced being a lame-duck upon his re-election. Barack Obama clearly is no exception. With approximately 28 months left in his presidency, the clock is running out as he seeks to achieve a favorable legacy.

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My State's Prettier Than Yours

    Our topic for today is state tourism slogans.

    Perhaps that's not what you had in mind. Perhaps you are from North Dakota ("Legendary") or North Carolina ("Beauty Amplified") and are already so self-satisfied you see no reason to worry about the subject at all.

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Obama's Foreign Policy Critics Miss Drama Of Bush Years

    "Some of you may feel that the cormorant does not play an important part in the life of the school, but I would remind you that it was presented to us by the corporation of the Town of Sudbury to commemorate Empire Day, when we try to remember the names of all those from the Sudbury area who so gallantly gave their lives to keep China British." -- from Monty Python's, "The Meaning of Life"

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Psssst, Wanna Buy My Corporation?

    Where’s Charles Dickens when we need him? The novelist, who laid bare the shame of gross income inequality in 19th century England, came up with some perfect names for his more despicable characters, including Scrooge, Mr. Tulkinghorn, and Miss Havisham.

    So I’m wondering what moniker Dickens would’ve given to Robert Marcus.

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