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March 31, 2014

He requires a spending offset for unemployment insurance, but not corporate tax extenders.

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A week before the Olympic Games opened in Sochi, the Kremlin sicced its hounds on Dozhd TV, the last independent news channel in Russia. The channel has been around since the spring of 2010, when the warm breeze of pseudo liberalization swept through Moscow at the height of Dmitry Medvedev's pseudo liberalization.

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Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn: a Late Contender for Most Absurd Anti-Obamacare Screed

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There was a time, not that long ago, when Chris Christie was willing to speak the truth when it came to matters of Islam and the Middle East.

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This is the graphic Fox News used to show that Obamacare is failing. See if you can spot the problem.

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For the GOP, denying reality is always easier than dealing with it.

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March 30, 2014

His willingness to try a new form of journalism is something that all journalists should support.

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A conversation with the authors of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny reveals how to joke about terrorists without getting in trouble. 

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March 28, 2014

Israel's Ambassador Speaks at the Adelson Primary

Netanyahu's appointee Ron Dermer shows his Partisan Colors

Eyes rolled in Washington, especially among Democrats, when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Ron Dermer to succeed Michael Oren as the Ambassador to the United States. Dermer, an American who migrated to Israel in 1997, was a protégé of Republican pollster Frank Luntz, with whom he worked on the 1994 “Contract with America.” As one of Netanyahu’s chief advisors – he is sometimes called “Bibi’s Brain” – he solidified Netanyahu’s ties to American Republicans.

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