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October 1st, 2015

Francis Gets Served the House Specialty

    With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying “God bless America” like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss.

    Take Senator Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican who cherishes the oil industry. She swooned over “the love that this man radiates” after Francis blessed her rosary beads.

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Junipo Serra’s Unsaintly History

    I greeted the pope’s visit with enthusiasm. I might not be Catholic, but I appreciate Francis for his humility, his kindness, and his call for action to address the climate crisis.

    Then I heard the shocking news: During his visit, Pope Francis canonized Father Junipero Serra.

    If you aren’t from California, your response to this development might be, “Who?”

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For presidents, Congress is merely the first hurdle

    Why shouldn't Republican party actors choose Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina or Ben Carson as their nominee for president? That's simple: They have the wrong talents for the job.

    You don't need someone who is correct on policy as you see it (that's easy to find). You want someone who is a master politician -- someone who has a particular skill set to succeed at the job.

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The Democratic threat to health care law

    Who says there's no bipartisan consensus in the United States? Based on their campaign promises so far, if any of the leading contenders for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations actually wins in November 2016, Obamacare as we know it is doomed.

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Carly Fiorina Proves You Don’t Want a CEO for a President

    In 1992, independent candidate Ross Perot chose Admiral James Stockdale, a complete unknown, as his presidential running mate. In his first debate, the VP candidate began by asking two good questions: “Who am I? Why am I here?”

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After John Boehner, whither the GOP?

    It's said that faith can move mountains. Perhaps Pope Francis moved House Speaker John Boehner to step down by urging Congress to break out of its partisan paralysis.

    The pope said among other things that "the contemporary world ... demands that we confront every form of polarization" that divides it. As he spoke, Boehner. sitting behind him on the rostrum of the House chamber, characteristically fought back tears.

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Syria, Obama and Putin

    Your Honor, I rise again in defense of President Barack Obama’s policy on Syria.

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Hillary Clinton’s Pajama Party

    She had a law career, an ambitious agenda as first lady, an industrious stint in the Senate, those years and miles as secretary of state.

    And it has come to this: In a bid to seem less stuffy and turn the page on a beleaguered (yet again) presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is chatting with Lena Dunham about singer Lenny Kravitz’s penis.

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September 30th

Mr. Boehner, clean up this barn

    "I don't want to leave my successor a dirty barn," John Boehner, the soon-to-depart Speaker of the House, told CBS News' John Dickerson. "I want to clean the barn up a little bit before the next person gets there."

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After John Boehner, whither the GOP?

    It's said that faith can move mountains. Perhaps Pope Francis moved House Speaker John Boehner to step down by urging Congress to break out of its partisan paralysis.

    The pope said among other things that "the contemporary world ... demands that we confront every form of polarization" that divides it. As he spoke, Boehner. sitting behind him on the rostrum of the House chamber, characteristically fought back tears.

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