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CPAC's 'Truman Show' Stage Set Blows Up

Fear has been a political motivator for years. But with conservatives in charge of all three branches of government and ISIS on the run, CPAC gathering seemed listless—until a reminder about Trump's troubles blew up the room.
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Why Mattis Would Tell Trump He Supports Trans Soldiers

Secretary of Defense James Mattis sent his recommendation to the White House on Friday on whether trans service members should be allowed to serve. Mattis's predecessor argued he needed trans service members because of the Pentagon's desperate need for talent.
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Voices Supporting Gun Control in Florida Grow Louder

The latest in a long, long list of American mass shootings, and school shootings in particular, has provoked an increasingly familiar reaction. Hugely emotive, of course, the survivors, and families of the dead have, by and large, questioned the U.S. addiction to guns. The political response, tweeked by the puppet strings of the gun lobbyists, has been to offer "thoughts and prayers," the mealy-mouthed response of those who intend to do absolutely nothing in response to yet another tragedy.
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Presidential, but for How Long?

The nearly 80-minute speech made few of the shows of unity White House officials had promised in a preview of the speech several days before—even if the remarks were largely free of bluster.
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Pipe Dreams

After the U.S. ousted Saddam Hussein, many Iraqi Kurds hoped Western oil companies would bring them a better life. Not anymore.

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