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September 30th, 2015

GOP Upheaval Brings New Dread

    Yogi Berra is no longer around, but one of his witticisms -- "It's deja vu all over again" -- has never been more apt. This time, though, it's not at all funny.

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Xi Jinping's low-key, high-stakes visit

    The visit to Washington last week of President Xi Jinping, the leader of the world's second-biggest power, illustrated Lyndon Johnson's saying that politicians need to be able to "walk and chew gum at the same time."

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Is Donald Trump Serious?

    As part of his ongoing effort to make a mockery of the American political process, Donald Trump released his tax plan Monday morning. This is the third official policy position he has laid out in the 3 1/2 months he’s been running for president.

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Net neutrality could become the biggest face-off on corporate speech since Citizens United

    Do Washington's net neutrality rules run roughshod over the First Amendment?

    That's what some opponents have been arguing -- claiming that the government's regulations infringe on Internet providers' right to free expression. Now, in a flurry of responses to that charge, defenders of the rules appear eager for the biggest showdown over the meaning of corporate speech since the Citizens United case.

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Hillary Clinton called Xi's speech 'shameless,' and the Web went wild

    On Sunday, as China president, Xi Jinping, prepared to share his thoughts on women's equality at a U.N. meeting on gender, Hillary Clinton offered her own take on the day's events.

    Re-tweeting a New York Times story about China's record on women's issues,  and citing China's arrest of five feminists in March, the presidential candidate called Xi's presence at the summit "shameless."

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A small town freaks out over bustiers and vibrators

    It's just before midnight on a Friday in downtown Leesburg, and a young couple just stumbled out of the biker bar in this historic Virginia town, past the American flags, quaint lamposts and cascading petunia pots and ducked into an alley, furiously making out.

    A guy in a backwards ballcap staggered toward some port-a-potties, then whizzed on a wall just outside them.

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Boehner climbs off the tiger

    John Boehner was a deal-maker who took over the House speakership at a moment when making deals had, for many Republicans, become a mortal sin.

    He was thoroughly conservative in a Republican Party that had moved the goal posts on what constituted conservatism. He could never be conservative enough for his critics on the right.

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Fiorina is too mad to see straight

    How angry is Carly Fiorina? So angry she can't see straight. That's the only explanation for the yawning gulf between what she says and the plainly visible facts.

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The Blackmail Caucus, aka the Republican Party

    John Boehner was a terrible, very bad, no good speaker of the House. Under his leadership, Republicans pursued an unprecedented strategy of scorched-earth obstructionism, which did immense damage to the economy and undermined America’s credibility around the world.

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Jeb Bush, ‘Free Stuff’ and Black Folks

    At a campaign event in South Carolina on Thursday, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was asked how he planned to include black people in his campaign and get them to vote for him.

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