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November 13th, 2014

Is Obama now irrelevant?

    Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton's Democratic Party lost control of the House of Representatives in the midterm congressional elections. Thereafter, he felt the need to declare at a press conference that "the president is relevant here."

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Nixing midterm elections a good idea, but an unlikely one

    As American political junkies pore over the mid-term congressional election results to appraise President Obama's fate for his final two years in office, a very welcome idea has emerged from the hallowed halls of Duke University.

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The Unbearable Politeness of Being Gus Speth

    James Gustave Speth garnishes reflections on his many accomplishments with self-deprecating humor.

    And the man who helped establish two influential environmental organizations, piloted a United Nations agency, and served in the Carter White House wants you to know he got his share of rejections.

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Your Server Isn’t on the Menu

    At a popular sit-down restaurant in Independence, Missouri, Allison waits tables for $3.60 an hour — the going rate for servers at her restaurant.

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Bigger than 2010

    For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse.

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Don't hold your breath for Mitch McConnell

    In what will no doubt be remembered as the understatement of the century so far, President Obama confessed at his news conference the day after the midterm elections: "There's no doubt that Republicans had a good night."

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Fair pay, without politics

    Of all the instruments government might employ to fight income inequality and reward work, the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 per hour, is one of the bluntest.

    Congress sets it based on nothing but politics. It works as a tax on business, whose benefits often accrue to middle-class teenagers, and whose costs - fewer jobs and higher prices - are partly borne by needier intended beneficiaries.

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Free Speech A Step Too Far

    Free speech has gone a step too far. Oh, no. I don't mean true speech, the kind that humans make with a sound coming from their throats, or even the written word. I mean the kind generated from money, the kind ruling elections in our great nation.

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Progressives Don't Need Washington All That Much

    The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives. Even when Democrats have the majority, precious little gets done in a body that lets a minority of members obstruct.

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Triumph of the Wrong

    The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet midterms to men of understanding. Or as I put it on the eve of another Republican Party sweep, politics determines who has the power, not who has the truth. Still, it's not often that a party that is so wrong about so much does as well as Republicans did on Tuesday.

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