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Andrew Restuccia passes along an update on the ever-elusive energy bill.

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Minority Report

On October 19 of last year, the op-ed page of The New York Times contained a bombshell: a piece by Robert Bernstein, the founder and former chairman of Human Rights Watch (HRW), attacking his own organization. HRW, Bernstein wrote, was “helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state.” The allegation was certainly not new: HRW had been under assault for years by American Jews and other supporters of Israel, who argued that it was biased against the Jewish state. And these attacks had intensified in recent months, with a number of unflattering revelations about the organization.

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Grading Obama’s First Year in Office: Will the Idealism of His Campaign Show Itself Again? by The Editors Coping With the Loss of a Friend, a Sparring Partner, and a Link to History by Paul Berman More Lieberman Fallout: What Is the White House’s Next Move? by Jonathan Cohn How Rich Countries Can Actually Pay For Poor Countries to Go Green by Bradford Plumer The Key to Understanding Joe Lieberman: He Isn’t Actually All That Smart by Jonathan Chait Why Audi Hates Electric Cars--and Wants You to Hate Them, Too by Lydia DePillis Has Obama Learned From His Early Foreign Policy Missteps?

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John Boehner Is Tan, Rested, and Ready--Well, at Least He’s Tan, by Michelle Cottle The Downside of 'Smart Power': What Is the Right Role of Humanitarian Aid in Foreign Policy? by Jesse Zwick Time to Lower Your Expectations for the Final Health Care Bill, by Jonathan Cohn How to Fight Extremism With Civility, by E.J. Dionne Jr. Cheney 2012?!? What on Earth Is Jon Meacham Talking About? by John B. Judis Is It Possible to Be Moved by the Palestinian Plight and Still Be Sympathetic to Israel’s Predicament?

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The T.E. Lawrence of Afghanistan: Rory Stewart Takes on McChrystal by Jason Zengerle Returning to the Hotel Warhol Loved So Much. PLUS: A Great American Road Trip. by Stanley Kauffmann Love in the Time of Dictators: Gabriel García Márquez's Romance with Power, by Enrique Krauze Should We Send More Troops to Afghanistan? When? And What Should They Do? Insights From TNR’s Extensive War Coverage. by Barron YoungSmith Kirchick Vs. Khimm: Should Gay Groups Engage With Republicans?

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100 Years of Servitude: Gabriel García Márquez’s Infatuation With Castro and Other Dictators, by Enrique Krauze Just How Upset Should the Military Be About Obama’s Indecision on Afghanistan? by Steven Metz Why Olympia Snowe’s Public Option Trigger Won’t Work, by Jacob S. Hacker Peter Morgan’s ‘The Damned United’ Is a Mini-Delight. If Only the Rest of His Films Didn’t Have Puffed-Up Ambitions. by Christopher Orr The Sprawl Bailout: Will Obama’s Economic Policies Finally Kill Suburbs?

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Mo’ Better

Ryan Lizza's 2004 campaign journal.

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Something about Lee Iacocca inspires exaggeration. Twenty years ago, as general manager of Ford, he made the cover of both Time and Newsweek with his hot new car, the Mustang. Time began its story this way, Iacocca in the driver’s seat: The trim white car rolled restlessly through the winding roads of Bloomtield Hills, like a high-strung pony dancing to get started on its morning run … The driver of a Volkswagen raised his fingers in a V-for-victory sign. As the car picked up speed and headed southward toward Detroit, a flickering trace of satisfaction crossed its driver’s hawklike face.

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Insofar as goodwill can carry us through the next two years, the future is promising. Mr. Ford’s geniality, his informality, his sincerity and determination to do right lift the spirit. Watching the broad smile that never left the face of the Speaker of the House as he listened to President Ford address Congress last week, one knew that Mr. Nixon had really departed, that we had in his place a leader who is liked, who says what he means and means what he says. When the President spoke the word “candor,” it was as if one had suddenly met a long-lost and cherished friend.

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