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November 13th, 2014

Afghanistan’s Poppy Output Hits New Highs

    I have breaking news from the frontlines of the war.

    No, not the new war in Iraq. That really is Iraq War III for us — our nation’s third trip there in just 25 years. Maybe the third try will be the charm, though I really don’t think there’s anything charming about it.

    Nor do I mean our wars in Syria, Pakistan, Yemen, or…oh, who can keep up?

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Always Look on the Bright Side

    Our topic for today is: looking on the postelection bright side.

    The polling places hadn't even opened before the Senate's right-wing firebrand, Ted Cruz, was demanding that the majority-leader in-waiting, Mitch McConnell, take a hard line against President Barack Obama or risk losing his new job. Cruz is from Texas, and he wants to re-create the Alamo, if you can imagine Obamacare in disguise as the Mexican army.

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America's Broken Politics

    Let's face it: The American political system is broken.

    The midterm elections were a stinging repudiation of President Barack Obama, but Republicans should also feel chastened: A poll last year found Congress less popular than cockroaches.

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Citizens United Ruling Resonates In Midterm Results

    Look at it this way: At least the 2014 midterm elections are over.

    Maybe the most clueless pronouncement ever made by a U.S. Supreme Court justice was Anthony Kennedy's comment in the 2010 Citizens United case arguing that unlimited "independent (campaign) expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption."

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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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