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February 20th, 2014

Legislation Still Is Akin To Sausage Making

    There will be no shutdown of the government at this point. We may even have a year of relative peace on the subject. This time it was the Senate that played the big game. It will surprise no one that it was Senator Cruz, the bad boy from Texas, who stirred the pot.

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Losing Our Third Places

    A story that captivated New York City: A group of elderly Korean-Americans had been gathering at a McDonald's in Queens for conversation and fellowship. They'd sit there all day long, sometimes sharing a $1.39 package of fries. The hangout was so popular that friends from other neighborhoods would travel to join them.

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Monica Lewinsky, the sequel

    OK, let's say you're a freshman Republican senator, but already a force within your party and a rising media star, and you're thinking about running for president in 2016. After all, there's no obvious frontrunner. You've got as good a chance as anybody. All you need is a good, strong, popular issue to run on.

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Cruz Senate provocation likely to go unpunished

    A growing group of Ted Cruz's Republican Senate colleagues are infuriated with his tactics.

    So frustrated was Arizona Sen. John McCain with the latest, forcing fellow Republicans to take a politically risky vote on lifting the debt ceiling, that Thursday he tweeted a Wall Street Journal editorial accusing the Texas lawmaker of instigating "needless drama that helps to explain why Republicans remain a minority."

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Germany's enviable shock absorber

    As the usual suspects in Congress argue over whether to extend unemployment benefits, which ran out at the end of last year for more than a million jobless workers, I am feeling Germany envy.

    Jobs in Germany fell more softly in the 2008 global economic crisis than they did here or in the rest of the European Union --and bounced back more quickly.

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Innovation, Optimism and Jobs

    Is digital technology destroying middle-class jobs? Does it exacerbate income inequality? Does it boost economic growth and productivity - without creating the jobs that ought to come with economic growth?

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Is sanity creeping into the GOP leadership?

    Is it possible that the adults in Congress are finally taking over?

    That prospect has reared its head in the decision of Republican leaders in both the House and Senate to back away from another threatened government shutdown, by swallowing an uncomplicated vote to raise the federal debt ceiling.

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No Honor in Killing ‘God’s Dog’

    A week before the opening of the Olympics, 759 Pennsylvanians paid $25 each to participate in a sport that would never be a part of any international competition.

    These Pennsylvanians carried shotguns, whistles, and electronic calls; most also used dogs to search out their prey. 

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The Hillary We See

    Hillary Clinton is our national Rorschach test. What you see says more about you than it does about her. Whether the inkblot depicts a menacing monster or fluffy cloud depends on your pre-existing perspective.

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Woody and Dylan

    I wasn't going to write about this. It's a movie I know too well. Matthew Hale, centuries ago, said that "rape ... is an accusation easily to be made and hard to be proved, and harder to be defended by the party accused, tho never so innocent."

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