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February 12th, 2015

What Killed the 'American Sniper'?

    The second-most jarring scene in "American Sniper" takes place not in the urban maze of wartime Iraq but in the domestic tranquility of Chris Kyle's home in Texas. Disoriented after his fourth tour in the cauldron of Iraq, the heralded Navy SEAL is shown stalking his wife from room to room with a pistol. For a moment, we worry that he has flipped out and is going to shoot her. Turns out this was his playful way of initiating sex.

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Vaccine debate presents a political minefield - as Hillary Clinton can attest

    The latest tweet from Hillary Rodham Clinton sounded straightforward enough: "The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork."

    But the issue of vaccinations has long been politically and emotionally fraught - involving not just public health but also the proper role of government, the prerogatives of parents and medical riddles that have yet to be solved.

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Kids most in need get scant attention

    An 8-year-old girl named Relisha Rudd is still missing, hundreds of homeless kids living in District of Columbia shelters and motels are still unseen by the rest of the city, and a child with cerebral palsy was invisible to authorities while his mother and her boyfriend allegedly abused him for months.

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Jeb Bush tastes first success in 2016 nomination stakes

    The early decision of Jeb Bush to jump-start a Republican race for the 2016 presidential nomination has already bagged its first victim in Mitt Romney.

    The sudden withdrawal of the 2012 nominee, after briefly testing the waters with donors, was predictable, and it was likely easier for Bush to achieve than chasing off some of the other contenders will be.

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Golden opportunity for GOP deal-making

    To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama's budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home -- in cash -- the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.

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Blogging is growing up and getting better all the time

    With the retirement of blogging pioneer Andrew Sullivan from the field, many people are questioning whether blogging as we know it is finished. Vox founder Ezra Klein, himself a blogging legend, says there are still plenty of interesting bloggers out there, and he kindly includes me on his list:

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A Bad Mistake

    The decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and House Speaker John Boehner to cook up an address to Congress by Netanyahu on why the U.S. should get tougher on Iran is churlish, reckless and, for the future of Israeli-American relations, quite dangerous.

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You will not refuse the Tar Sands Mafia

    The economy is on the rebound. Oil prices are down, down, down. So, what’s with that Putin face, Punky?

    It’s bad. It’s bad. So say analysts who point to all that oil-patch activity now screeching to a halt. It’s a calamity. Oh, the humanity.

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U.S. voters divided over issues large and small

    Raising the capital gains tax rate or building the Keystone XL pipeline aren't insignificant issues. But they pale compared with the 1960's fights over racial justice, the Vietnam War or whether the federal government should create and manage a national health insurance program for the elderly.

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Can Walker be president without a college degree?

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has buzz. He has impressed conservative activists in Des Moines and is the front-runner for likely Republican Iowa caucus-goers, according to a Bloomberg Politics-Des Moines Register poll published this weekend.

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