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March 5th, 2014

The age of law-stopping in Congress

    In his more than 58 years in Congress, John Dingell has never been known to mince words. So it was no surprise that the 87-year-old Michigan Democrat announced his departure with a characteristically acerbic bang.

    "This Congress has been a great disappointment to everyone, members, media, citizens, and our country," said Dingell, who has served longer than any member in the history of either chamber. "Little has been done in this Congress, with 57 bills passed into law."

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The Newest Federalism

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The State of Arizona

    Arizona. Wow. How often do you find yourself saying, "Go, entrenched interests of the business community!" Yet here we are.

    Responding to howls from the state's economic interests, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religious conviction. Brewer is an erratic politician, but she's not crazy. After all, she did once refer to the state Capitol as "that hellhole."

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The Way Forward: Tax and Spend

    Have you heard? Our economic policy debate is getting some spring cleaning.

    President Barack Obama has signaled that he’s had it with all that talk about America being broke and the belt-tightening austerity measures that went along with that chatter. His proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year will reflect this reality.

    You know what he should try? A tax-and–spend strategy.

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An executive order Obama should sign

    What a difference a year makes. It was only a year ago that Republicans were among the loudest voices for comprehensive immigration reform. Of course, they were speaking, not out of conviction, but out of desperation, after their party's disastrous showing among Latino voters in November 2012.

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Congressional old guard retires, leaving calcified partisanship in place

    The trend of abandoning Congress continues as its longest-serving member, Democratic Rep. John Dingell Jr. of Michigan, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has announced he will retire. He is going out with a bang, remarking that he finds "serving in the House to be obnoxious" given its members' inability to work across party lines.

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Get ready for Big Data to take the wheel

    The development of the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s made the car the preferred individual mode of ground transportation. This upended residential patterns, creating suburbs and exurbs, and relegated rail to the background.

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How Arizona's anti-gay bill will hurt the religious

    Social and religious conservatives should have been the first to oppose the Arizona Legislature's effort to allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

    Partisans of the religious right apparently don't feel this way, but here's why they should: Pushing "conscience exemptions" beyond reasonable limits threatens a long-standing American habit of having government go out of its way to accommodate the commitments of religious people.

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Hurray for GOP Tax Plan

    A Republican leader is doing something right ... and good. He is Rep. David Camp of Michigan. Camp has issued a detailed plan for simplifying the tax code. That's his duty as chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, which writes tax law.

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Life as a black student at a Philadelphia prep school

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