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November 20th, 2014

GOP majority shouldn't stand in the way of judicial diversity

    After a hugely consequential election, the Senate returns this week to complete the work of the 113th Congress. With more than 90 vacancies in the federal judiciary, confirmations of federal judicial nominees should be a top priority. And it's important to note that of the 34 nominees pending before the Senate, nine are African-American.

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How Did We Get Here?

    Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: “The people have spoken — the bastards.”

    Now, you know me — I wouldn’t say anything like that about the recent elections. It’s vulgar and I’m couth.

    However, if the shoe fits…

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Leave No Generation Behind

    Over a decade ago, I got a call from Bill Gates.

    Not the Bill Gates you’re probably thinking of. It was Bill Gates Sr., the Microsoft founder’s dad. He was eager to speak out in support of the federal estate tax, our nation’s only levy on inherited wealth.

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Politicians, Teens and Birth Control

    Here's a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers.

    But it's not just a story of heedless girls and boys who don't take precautions. This is also a tale of national irresponsibility and political irresponsibility - of us as a country failing our kids by refusing to invest in comprehensive sex education and birth control because we, too, don't plan ahead.

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Silicon Valley Shakedown

    The demigods of Silicon Valley like to present themselves as miracle workers, able to create electronic wonders (and wondrous profits) from nothing but their vaunted imaginations and entrepreneurial prowess.

    Well, yes. But there’s another part to that program: their routine exploitation of workers.

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The Lame-Duck Dynasty

    How am I going to get you interested in the lame-duck Congress? Did you even know they came back? Perhaps it's like reports that Randy Jackson is leaving "American Idol" - the amazing news is that "American Idol" is still on the air.

    See? You're already a little more engaged because I mentioned an old hit television show. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Where the buck really stops

    The thrashing that voters administered to the Democrats in the midterm congressional elections confirmed the old admonition Harry Truman kept on his White House desk: "The buck stops here."

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A lot of good news mixed in with the bad

    For Democrats, looking for any good news out of the midterm election results is like the ghoulish old joke: "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?" But, believe it or not, shining among the rubble are a few nuggets of good news -- mainly at the state, not federal, level.

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Blue economics

    A bit belatedly, Democrats have detected a deficiency in their 2014 midterm campaigns: They didn't really have an economic message.

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Calling the Bluff on Obamacare

    There's this game in American politics where folks who fancy themselves conservative often condemn programs that they in fact want very much. Obamacare is one such example.

    We face a possible moment of truth in a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court. If the justices rule a certain way, Americans in the 36 states covered by the federal exchanges would lose their federal subsidies.

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