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March 31, 2014

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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In contrast to Marco Rubio, Senator Patty Murray's new proposal would fill a hole in the government's antipoverty system. 

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Sure, it's good news that 6 million have signed up on the exchanges. But there's such a long way to go.

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March 27, 2014

The experts predicted lots of people would sign up at the last minute. Looks like those experts were right.

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Yes, the 300-page report on Bridgegate was a whitewash. But there were some interesting tidbits in it nonetheless.

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Extend unemployment insurance? That would bust the budget. Help doctors avoid pay cuts? That's another story....

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