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October 12th, 2015

Returning The Favor

    While the eagerness of so many of the GOP to protect women from themselves may not be the best subject for humor, sometimes it is just irresistable. So many of the proposals regarding women's health are so outrageous that humor is the only thing that saves us from pulling our hair out.

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Using our leverage in Syria

    President Obama has been consistent on Syria. Even when I was in the administration, the president made clear that he did not want to get dragged into the conflict there. The legacy of Iraq weighed heavily on him. He was elected to get us out of Middle East wars, not into them. He was not going to get involved in "someone else's civil war."

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The Republicans’ Ugly Revolt

    Over the last two decades, through Bob Dole and George W. Bush and John McCain and Mitt Romney, it has become an article of faith that the Republican presidential nominee is a person blessed by, or acceptable to, the party’s establishment, meaning the elders, the bankers, the cool heads, the deep pockets.

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A fairer approach to fiscal reform

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Million Man March, 20 Years On

    Saturday morning, with the crispness of fall in the air and wispy clouds overhead, an impressive throng of black bodies — and a smattering of other colored ones — gathered on the Mall, facing the steps of the Capitol.

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Putin's model of success

    Western officials who pronounce themselves puzzled about Vladimir Putin's intentions in Syria are missing some big clues. There is a clear model for the campaign Russia is pursuing on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a legacy that is Putin's pride: Chechnya.

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Republican dysfunction engulfs process of choosing new speaker

    Fifty-three years ago, legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel famously asked of his New York Mets, who were in the process of losing 120 of its 160 contests: "Can't anybody here play this game?"

    The same query is appropriate today for the Republican Party, which has been tying itself in knots in both its quest for a 2016 presidential nominee and for a new speaker of the House of Representatives.

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The Crazies and the Con Man

    How will the chaos that the crazies, I mean the Freedom Caucus, have wrought in the House get resolved? I have no idea. But as this column went to press, practically the whole Republican establishment was pleading with Paul Ryan, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, to become speaker. He is, everyone says, the only man who can save the day.

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The two big problems hurting House Republicans

    Discussing the chaos gripping the House Republican caucus, Joe Scarborough put his finger on one of the major problems facing House Republicans: a lack of strategic thinking. The former Republican congressman from Florida mused last week on his eponymous MSNBC morning show that when he was in Congress in the late 1990s, then-Speaker Newt Gingrich would be in his Capitol suite plotting the caucus's next moves in the thrust-and-parry of governing with a Democrat in the White House.

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Which Republican presidential candidate will drop out next?

    Over the past month, the crowded Republican presidential primary field saw its first two casualties: former Texas governor Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. These early exits surprised some. Walker was as an early front-runner in the polls owing to his conservative record and ability to win statewide office in a traditionally blue state. Perry was seen as a dark horse with untapped potential.

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