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Date

April 23rd, 2015

Chris Christie's tilt at Social Security

    Don Quixote tilted at windmills. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems bent on running for president, even after his reputation took a whack over that traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. Even more improbably, he wants to campaign on a sweeping proposal to rein in federal entitlement spending on the elderly.

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Advice for Clinton on campaigning as a woman

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Yes, She Can

    Will she? She will.

    Would she? She would.

    It was inevitable.

    She did.

    Now where is that tingling feeling?

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What lies ahead for Hillary

    She's in! She's given up the private jet to schlep across America (albeit being driven by the Secret Service) and stroll, incognito, into Chipotle. Herewith, two myths about Hillary Clinton and two challenges for her on the campaign trail:

    Myth One: She needs someone to run against her to help toughen her up during the primary season.

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The Road to Ruin

    That harsh whine you hear in the background — like a buzzsaw getting ready for a log to come down the chute — is the vast right-wing conspiracy revving its engines.

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Summers gets it wrong on 'secular stagnation'

    In his excellent new blog, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke argues against the view that the economy is caught in a trap of persistently slow growth -- "secular stagnation." He discusses a paper by James D. Hamilton, Ethan S. Harris, Jan Hatzius and Kenneth D. West, which anybody interested in the subject should read. It's the most careful analysis of the issue I've seen. And it suggests that fears of secular stagnation are overdone.

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Odd Bedfellows, Lying Together

    Come one, come all. Step right up and buy your ticket for a ride on the splendiferous, phantasmagoric, and miraculous Trans-Pacific Partnership!

    The TPP isn’t some sort of futuristic flying machine. It’s just another global trade scam coming at us like a volcanic eruption straight out of hell.

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Life in Anxietyland

    Greetings from Anxietyland. Or as some might know it, graduate school.

    I’ve got just a few weeks left of teaching and taking classes before the semester ends. You might see that as hectic yet manageable. It’s not exactly fun, but it’s only temporary.

    Logically, I can see that too. Yet somehow, I can’t convince my brain of it.

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It’s Not Easy for Obama to Prove He’s Green

    President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Josh Earnest, recently boasted that his boss will “go down in history as the greenest president we’ve ever had.”

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Hillary drops the other shoe

    In finally declaring her 2016 presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton put a reverse twist on the old break-up line, "It's not you. It's me." Her pitch, she said, is all about you -- the voters and what you need -- not about me and my ambition to follow my husband into the Oval Office.

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