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April 3, 2014

I was stuck today on a 40-mile train ride that took more than four hours. It gave me some time to connect the dots.

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'Veep' Is a Nihilist Satire, and It's More Accurate than You Realize

An ex-White House spokesman fact-checks the HBO comedy

 Before, the joke was that the vice president had no power. Now the joke is politics itself. All of it.

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April 2, 2014

“We in Ukraine feel cheated, we feel that we were betrayed,” he said.

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Defenders of tipping say it rewards better service. People who've studied it say it rewards drawing smiley faces on checks, crouching next to a table, and four other peer-reviewed tactics.  

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And that's very bad for our electoral process.

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Seven million signups and counting. Who could have predicted? Oh, wait...

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We have a proven, cost-effective way to reconnect the long-term unemployed with the labor market.

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April 1, 2014

2012 was the second-worst year ever for migrant deaths at the border.

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