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Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:54pm
    My parents used to own a small house with a large backyard, in which my mother cultivated a beautiful garden. At some point, however - I don't remember why - my father looked at the official deed defining their property, and...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:54pm
    The president came to Washington thinking he could change Washington, make it better, unite it and the nation. He was wrong. As he ascended, the tone of political discourse descended, as much because of who he was as what he did....
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:53pm
    David Cameron's gamble in promising Britain a stay-or-go referendum on membership of the European Union is growing more hazardous. Britain's prime minister wants the country to stay in the EU, but not on the existing terms....
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:52pm
    The political Einsteins are flexing their brows over Nov. 4: They cite President Obama’s failure, Dems’ fecklessness, Republicans’ vision and efficacy, Mitch McConnell’s savoir faire. Egads.   ...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:51pm
    The two men in the rented red Nissan Altima were poker players traveling through Iowa on their way to Las Vegas. The police were state troopers on the hunt for criminals, contraband and cash.     They intersected...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:50pm
    As a presidential candidate seven years ago, Barack Obama shook up the foreign policy world by declaring that he favored "direct diplomacy" to reshape U.S. relations with long-standing adversaries like Syria, Cuba and North...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:50pm
    At dinner with a friend the other night, I mentioned that I was giving a talk this week debunking the idea that we need to grow more food on a large scale so we can "feed the 9 billion" - the anticipated global population...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:49pm
    When trying to make sense of the Middle East, one of the most important rules to keep in mind is this: What politicians here tell you in private is usually irrelevant. What matters most, and what explains their behavior more times...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:49pm
    Interesting that the tech website CNET has started publishing an old-fashioned magazine -- you know, on paper, like Time and Life. To complete the retro circle, CNET's periodical is carrying print ads for Ford, Gillette and other...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:48pm
    When she heard that the GOP had nailed a Senate majority, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska grabbed a chair, lifted it over her head and shouted “I’m the chair, maaaaaaan!”     The presumptive next...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:47pm
    The line between consensual sex and sexual assault is not always comfortably clear. Especially when alcohol is involved. Especially in the context of the college hook-up culture.     No doubt, sexual assault on...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:46pm
    Here we go again. Big election defeats inevitably are followed by major rounds of teeth-gnashing, shirt-rending, soul-searching, finger pointing, self-flagellating and circular firing squad shooting. Now it's the Democrats'...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:46pm
    This too shall pass. In the bipolar gong show of Washington politics, it's the Republicans' turn. Count on them to opt for televised spectacle over governing. It's what they do.     You think a guy like...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:44pm
    After a hugely consequential election, the Senate returns this week to complete the work of the 113th Congress. With more than 90 vacancies in the federal judiciary, confirmations of federal judicial nominees should be a top priority...
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:43pm
    Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: “The people have spoken — the bastards.”     Now,...
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