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    Jeb and Hill need each other to run

    Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton badly need each other. Put it another way: If the choice is a Bush vs. a Clinton, one aging member of a family dynasty with ties to Big Money has to win. Neither nominee would have to worry about an insurgent opponent promising a fresh new face (like, say, a junior senator...

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    Elizabeth Warren can win the nomination

    Elizabeth Warren’s memoir begins with the story of a family in collapse. She was 12 years old when her father had a heart attack. The memoir is called “A Fighting Chance.” The words “fight” or “fighting” appear in the book 224 times.

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    The price of being hacked

    It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy “The Interview.” At this point, I’m guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.

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    Climate change deniers get more ridiculous

    For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science. But now these industries are floating an intriguing new argument: They’re admitting that human use of coal, oil and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to rise –...

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    America desparately needs politics of repair

    The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive. As a trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill trundled into law, the populist wings of both political parties declared themselves both revolted and in revolt.

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    The ugly spending bill looks like compromise

    The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again.

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    Behavioral economics proves to be promising

    Most of us don’t save enough. When governments try to encourage saving, they usually enact big policies to increase the incentives.

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    Protests aplenty reflect a rainbow coalition

    There’s something happening here.” – Buffalo Springfield

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    Security forces let the American people down

    Why do people line up to come to this country? Why do they build boats from milk cartons to sail here? Why do they trust our diplomats and soldiers in ways true of no other country? It’s because we are a beacon of opportunity and freedom, and also because these foreigners know in their bones...

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    An act of exceptional recklessness

    With the release of the Feinstein report on CIA interrogations of high-value terrorists a decade ago, let’s consider the situation of intelligence personnel who have been involved, not in that program but in drone strikes against terrorists, conducted in a variety of countries around the...

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