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  • Are the Bush Tax Cuts Paid For?

    When pressed on whether extending the tax cuts could could add to the deficit, House Minority Leader John Boehner shows off what one might call the Washington two-step.
  • Where's Julian?

    Almost as quickly as it scheduled a press conference in London to address Pentagon demands that it hand over any secret U.S. government documents in its possession, the whistle-blower Web site WikiLeaks postponed the event indefinitely.
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    California Pols Stay Away From Prop 8

    The controversial gay-marriage ruling has reverberated across the country. But in the Golden State, top candidates know there isn't much ground to gain on either side.
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    First Lady Flies Into Firestorm After Lavish Spain Trip

    Is the Obama administration tone deaf? With Gulf Coast residents reeling from the oil spill and the economy still in the doldrums (another 131,000 jobs lost in July), the visuals of Michelle Obama’s summer holiday in Spain are undeniably unhelpful for Democrats.
  • Rand Paul's College Days in a Secret Group

    During two and a half years at Baylor, Paul was a member of a secret society whose goal was to offend the university's powers-that-be. One member said the group "aspired to blasphemy," according to a report.
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    The Real War Over Ground Zero

    At the eye of this storm stand two grieving mothers who don’t ever want to hear the word “closure.” Each remains convinced of the rightness of her position, and it is in their congenial conversation that one sees the issue laid bare.
  • Illinois: Deficits Tied to Lawmakers' Salaries?

    The recession has been blamed for a series of record state budget shortfalls. But perhaps there’s another factor at work: overpaid lawmakers. A new Illinois Policy Institute study finds that the deficits in the 10 states that pay their legislators the most are 12 percent higher than the deficits in the 10 stingiest states.
  • Fewer States Granting Illegal Immigrants Licenses

    As recently as 2006, 10 states allowed immigrants to apply for a driver’s license without proving their legal residence. As border control has become a bigger political issue, however, that right has evaporated in all but three states: Utah, New Mexico, and Washington—which may soon be the last place where all drivers can get a regular license.
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    Why Landis Went After Lance

    What led disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis, who spent three and a half years after his 2006 Tour de France victory denying he doped, to not only backpedal on his story in May, but accuse onetime teammate Lance Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs?
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    Obama Anti-Business? Think Again.

    This White House has “vilified industries,” complains the Chamber of Commerce. America is burdened with “an anti-business president,” moans The Weekly Standard.
  • Headline Writers: Bacevich's 'Washington Rules'

    America’s militaristic, idealistic approach to the world is costing the country dearly. That’s the theme of foreign-policy guru Andrew Bacevich’s new book, "Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War." A Boston University professor and West Point grad who spent 23 years in the Army, Bacevich thinks everyone would get along just fine without the U.S. playing global policeman—and what’s more, things would improve at home if we stopped squandering resources abroad.
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    Is Brewer's Immigration Stance Bad for Business?

    Back before they grew distant, Barry Broome, head of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, would talk to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer every few weeks. “Not once did she mention immigration,” Broome recalls. So he never imagined what was to come: that she would sign into law one of the nation’s most draconian illegal-immigration bills; pick a costly, high-profile fight with the federal government to defend it; and create a public-relations fiasco for the state.
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    A Victory for Liberty in California

    At the conclusion of the arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger in June—at issue was the constitutionality of the ban on gay marriage that California voters passed in 2008—the leading attorney for the state found himself in a bit of verbal jousting with the judge, Vaughn R. Walker. “The marital relationship is fundamental to the existence and survival of the race,” said the lawyer, Charles J. Cooper. “Without the marital relationship, your honor, society would come to an end.”
  • Fareed Zakaria's Letter to the ADL

    Dear Mr. Foxman, Five years ago, the ADL honored me with its Hubert Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize. I was delighted and moved to have been chosen for it in good measure because of the high esteem in which I hold the ADL. I have always been impressed by the fact that your mission is broad – “to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens” – and you have interpreted it broadly over the decades. You have fought discrimination against all religions, races, and creeds and have built a well-deserved reputation.
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    Why I'm Returning My Award to the ADL

    I believe we should promote Muslim moderates right here in America. That is why, after the Anti-Defamation League publicly called for moving the mosque near Ground Zero, I have returned both the handsome plaque and the $10,000 honorarium that came with it.
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    Virginia Attorney General Gears Up for Health-Care Fight

    Ken Cuccinelli, riding the coattails of Monday's ruling that Virginia has the right to sue against the health-care mandate, addressed a young conservative group Thursday. He made his case for the battle against the health-care bill and big government in general.
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    Prescription Nation

    The U.S. Department of Health’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reported that abuse of opioid painkillers has risen more than 400 percent over the last decade. Which indicates to me that somehow we in the media didn’t explain this well enough. Because this a big deal.
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    Palinism 101: Is Her Babble Scary, or Just Funny?

    The best Palinisms result when the huntress encounters something she wasn’t hunting for—that is, when Sarah Palin comes into contact with most anything to do with domestic, foreign, or economic policy. Funny, yes. But also dangerous.
  • Shale Gas: Hope for Our Energy Future

    You probably have never heard of oilman George Mitchell, but more than anyone else, he has changed the global energy outlook. In 1981, Mitchell's small petroleum company faced dwindling natural gas reserves. He proposed a radical idea: drill deeper in the company's Texas fields to reach gas-bearing shale rock more than a mile down.
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    Amid Partisan Bickering, Kagan Is Narrowly Confirmed

    The outcome was never in doubt. But the narrowness of the 63–37 margin by which the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan as Supreme Court’s 112th justice this afternoon would stun a Rip Van Winkle who had slept through the rising partisan rancor that has poisoned judicial confirmations at all levels in recent years.
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    Prop 8 Ruling Is Just the Beginning

    Wednesday's ruling overturning California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, would seem to be a cause for celebration among gay-rights advocates. But as foes of gay marriage plan their appeal, many LGBT groups are worried about the eventual outcome.
  • What the New Report on the Gulf Spill Really Says

    Despite widespread media reports claiming that 75 percent of the oil from the gulf spill is gone, up to 50 percent—or nearly 2.5 million barrels—of the oil that was released could conceivably still be out there.