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March 26th, 2015

A Woman's Place Is on the $20 Bill

    You may have heard that there's a movement afoot to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. Finally, we've got a current event that's not depressing.

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Trillion-Dollar Fraudsters

    By now it's a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar "magic asterisk" - a line that promises huge spending cuts and/or revenue increases, but without explaining where the money is supposed to come from.

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The high cost of Bibi's comeback

    Wednesday was a hard day for pro-Israel liberals.

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'Taylor rule' could supply public guidance on Fed

    Every central bank tries to steer expectations about monetary policy. If businesses and consumers expect the Federal Reserve to let inflation surge out of control, the chances are fair that inflation will surge out of control. If they expect the Fed to keep inflation on track, inflation is more likely to stay on track. Shaping expectations is nine-tenths of the Fed's job.

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Stirring up Mediscare 2.0

    Today's lesson in How Washington Really Works begins with a look at one of the red-white-and-blue Metro buses rolling around downtown.

    Ignore the commuters inside, at least the ones going to work on Capitol Hill or the White House, where, supposedly, policy is made. They, and their bosses, are barely relevant to this story.

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Schock's red walls a red flag

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Like a race riot with your coffee?

    This quote, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, says it best: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." That's especially true if you're the CEO of a big business.

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Half a Heart on Marijuana Better Than No Heart at All

    Give thanks for the little things, they say. A bill that would stop the feds from going after medical marijuana users in states that permit such activity is something for which we should give thanks. But it is little.

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Fear and loathing in Israel

    It's a good thing the Israeli election campaign didn't run one day longer than it did. At the rate he was going, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have called for stripping Israeli Arabs of the right to vote altogether.

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What Congress Can't Do

    Here's the short answer: Anything.

    If you can't even move a bill creating a fund for the victims of sex trafficking, and if the president's noncontroversial and, indeed, much praised nominee for attorney general isn't moving forward as a result, then you can pretty much conclude that Congress is poised to accomplish less than nothing, and any talk about bipartisan agreement is nothing but partisan blather.

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