From 1964 to 1968, close to 34,000 Americans died in South Vietnam. We will never know how many Vietnamese women, men, and children perished during those years, but the total, according to most estimates, was at least one million. Among the dead were tens of thousands of civilians—blown apart by explosives dropped from planes, burned to death by napalm, or gunned down by U.S.

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My colleague Jonathan Cohn has written an excellent analysis of the circumstances surrounding Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, which will be officially announced later today.I'd like to add a level of abstraction by explaining the timing, and the political ramifications of the decision, which are being badly spun or misinterpreted in unsurprising quarters. 

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If she deserves some blame, she also deserves some credit.

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Don't Be Fooled: The Fed's New Rule Lets Banks Off Easy

The hike in capital requirements isn't nearly enough

The hike in capital requirements isn't nearly enough.

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Unless a popular figure with real stature eventually steps up, the coup threat suffers from an "and then what?!" problem.

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The budget disproportionately balances the budget with cuts to programs for low-income Americans while leaving seniors unscathed.

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Some ophthalmologists in South Florida aren't happy about this. The rest of us should be.

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The Affordable Care Act's enrollment comeback has confounded conservatives in many ways. The realization that there happens to be popular demand for something as self-evidently grotesque as Obamacare has given rise to a palpable cognitive dissonance on the right. A growing recognition among Republicans that they can't bank on organizing the midterm campaign around relentless Obamacare opposition has party elders looking at contingency plans (even if they haven't exactly gone back to the drawing board).

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John Kerry Could Revive Peace Talks, but Don't Count on It

The U.N. now represents the best hope for a Palestinian state

The Obama administration has pursued a strategy of talk for its own sake that, in retrospect, appears to have been feckless.

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