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February 26th, 2015

The Unsinkable R.B.G.

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn't planning on going anywhere any time soon.

    "Now I happen to be the oldest," the 81-year-old justice said in the tone of a person who has answered a whole lot of questions about her possible retirement plans. Sitting in her Supreme Court chambers on a dreary afternoon in late January, she added, "But John Paul Stevens didn't step down until he was 90."

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Straight Talk for White Men

    Supermarket shoppers are more likely to buy French wine when French music is playing, and to buy German wine when they hear German music. That's true even though only 14 percent of shoppers say they noticed the music, a study finds.

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Jeb Bush's Brainless Trust

    I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush.

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Hillary, Jeb and $$$$$$

    Last week began with the comedy extravaganza of the "Saturday Night Live" reunion, but not one of its sketches or jokes was half as funny as four words three days later by Jeb Bush.

    "I'm my own man," he said.

    And he kept a straight face somehow.

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Scott Walker's education fell short

    In terms of his fitness for the presidency, the fact that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell short of graduating from college is interesting but ultimately immaterial. What is relevant -- and concerning -- is how Walker talks about the issue.

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Republicans unite to ignore immigration in 2016

    Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party's leading presidential candidates, which is unfortunate for the country.

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Maureen McDonnell's real mistake was always putting her husband first

    They threw mom under the bus. Then they threw momma from the train. And finally, a federal judge threw her into jail.

    Maureen McDonnell, the disgraced former first lady of Virginia, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, though she'll remain free while her lawyers pursue an appeal. But she told U.S. District Judge James Spencer, "I have no one to blame but myself."

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Jeb's Bushian speech

    Jeb Bush's highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. "Terrible food at that place," says one. "Yes," says the other, "and such small portions!"

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Jeb Bush carries a heavy burden

    Jeb Bush is asking us to do the impossible -- forget that he's the son of one president and the brother of another.

    "I'm my own man," he protested at a much-heralded meet-the- Bush-you-don't-know speech on foreign affairs in Chicago on Wednesday.

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GOP's unchanging game plan: Gang up on Obama

    The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president."

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