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November 6th, 2014

Never a more stark difference

    The dictionary has nothing more extreme than “extreme.” No “extremer.” No “extremest.” So “State Sen. Dan Patrick” will have to suffice, if you’re talking extreme politics, as opposed to extreme cold, extreme heat or extreme disinterest.

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Islamic State and Vietnam

    In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I couldn't help but ask myself: "How did we get this country so wrong? How did we end up in a war with Vietnam that cost so many lives and drove them into the arms of their most hated enemy, China?"

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Clinton had a rough time, too

    Bill Clinton doesn't get enough credit for what he achieved as president in spite of his fierce right-wing opposition. Just ask him.

    Charlie Rose on PBS asked him last month what the single biggest misconception about his presidency was. The former president responded like a lot of poverty snobs I have known, eager to tell you how much they had to overcome in order to get what they have achieved:

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Washington's appealing case for the 2024 Olympics

    Whatever the outcome of the U.S. elections next week, political Washington will be as divisive and dispirited as before Nov. 4; that probably will be the case after the 2016 presidential election, too.

    There is a potential event that could bridge, for a while, the petty partisanship and revitalize the capital: choosing Washington to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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The secrets behind 2014

    There's a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What's not being widely talked about is as important as what's in the news.

     Underappreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are not in play this year.

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Fight Washington paralysis with dose of technocrats

    Last time, I asked whether too much democracy had ruined America. In a sense, I said, it had. So what does an avowed anti-democrat suggest as an alternative? Less vetocracy, more technocracy.

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Are Our Courts for Sale?

    One of the most shocking ads aired this political season was aimed at a woman named Robin Hudson.

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24 drugs exist to treat sexual dysfunction. Guess how many of those are for women?

    Judith Reid-Haff wore a dark blazer, a skirt and mile-high patent red platform heels for the big day.

    It's not every day, after all, that you get to tell a federal panel about your sex life.

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Ideology and Investment

    America used to be a country that built for the future. Sometimes the government built directly: Public projects, from the Erie Canal to the Interstate Highway System, provided the backbone for economic growth. Sometimes it provided incentives to the private sector, like land grants to spur railroad construction. Either way, there was broad support for spending that would make us richer.

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Ebola, pandering and courage

    Seth Moulton, an Iraq veteran and Democratic congressional candidate on Massachusetts' North Shore, has done something with little precedent in political campaigning: He was caught underplaying his war record.

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