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    'Good Samaritan' Laws and Drug-Overdose Victims

    Experts say witnesses of drug overdoses, often users themselves, are afraid to call for help for fear of being prosecuted. Two states now offer immunity for persons who summon emergency assistance, and more are considering it.
  • Former Gore Aide Among Alleged Spy Ring's Targets

    A onetime national-security aide to former vice president Al Gore was among the U.S. foreign-policy specialists targeted by the alleged Russian spies who were rounded up by the FBI last week, according to eyewitness accounts and published reports.
  • U.K. Prime Minister Announces Torture Inquiry

    British Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday announced a formal inquiry into allegations that British intelligence personnel were complicit in alleged "torture" and rendition of terrorism suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.
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    Al Franken's Not-So-Serious Moments

    Minnesota voters took comedian Al Franken seriously when he ran for the state's U.S. Senate seat in 2008. After 238 days of recounts and contested ballots, Franken was sworn in last July. As Franken wraps up his first year as a senator, we bring you some less-than-serious moments featuring the political satirist turned politician.
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    Al Franken Gets Serious

    The funnyman turned freshman senator has quietly made himself a force to be reckoned with in Washington.
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    The New Revolutionaries

    It's not just the 4th of July holiday that's raising memories of revolution. The idea of active anti-government resistance, once the province of the fringe or a mere historical parable, is now a common component of the national discourse.
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    The Real Leanings of Lindsey Graham

    Only a few senators could have pulled off what Sen. Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, did last week: snagging major airtime at two high-profile confirmation hearings, seemingly at the same time.
  • Meacham: The Right Kind of American Populism

    The American economy is sputtering, and we are running out of options. Interest rates can’t go any lower. Another burst of government spending—whether a good or bad idea—looks politically impossible. Is there anything that could protect us from the dangers of stagnation or a double dip?
  • What Thurgood Marshall Tells Us About Elena Kagan

    When Senate Republicans decided to turn the first day of Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing into a referendum on her mentor, Justice Thurgood Marshall, they made two mistakes.
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    Woman On the Verge

    Last Tuesday, the upper crust of South Carolina’s Republican establishment gathered at the tony Spartanburg home of Karen Floyd, the state party chair. They’d come for a $1,000-per-couple GOP fundraiser, headlined by visiting Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota. Among the luminaries were Roger Milliken, a billionaire textile magnate who has donated millions to the party, and Robert Chapman, a retired federal appellate judge appointed by Ronald Reagan.
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    The Palin Effect: Why We Sexualize GOP Women

    Something pretty creepy has been happening to conservative women lately. There seems to be an insistent, increasingly excitable focus on the supposed hotness of Republican women in the public eye, like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Michelle Malkin, and Nikki Haley—not to mention veterans like Ann Coulter. The sexual references are pervasive: they come from left, right, and center, and range from gushing to highly offensive.
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    A Timetable for Withdrawal in Afghanistan

    Last veterans day, Barack Obama and Gen. David Petraeus had a polite but pointed exchange in the White House Situation Room. The president wanted to know why the Pentagon needed 21 months to send 40,000 troops to Afghanistan when it had taken only six months to send a similar number to Iraq in 2007.
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    Why the Great Plains Are Great Once Again

    Throughout the good times and, more important, the bad of this new millennium, the cities of the plains—from Dallas in the south through Omaha, Des Moines, and north to Fargo—have enjoyed strong job growth and in-migration from the rest of the country.
  • Health-Care Reform and the Boom in Nurses' Strikes

    A major goal of health-care reform is affordable treatment. To achieve it, however, the Obama administration may temporarily upset another aim: effective care. The trouble extends from the president’s pledge to make the new reforms “deficit-neutral.” That will require billions of dollars in funding cuts, primarily at hospitals, which stand to lose $155 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cash during the next few years.
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    Bromwich: How to Regulate Offshore Drilling

    My 30-year legal career has been defined by law enforcement. So I was surprised when the White House and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar asked if I’d like to run the Minerals Management Service, the regulatory body in charge of offshore oil and gas drilling. I also wasn’t sure I wanted the job.
  • Depressing Unemployment Numbers Forecast Long, Slow Recovery

    The private sector added a meek 83,000 jobs to the economy during the month of June, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—a figure that fell short of economists’ predictions and that’s far below the 150,000 to 200,000 jobs that must be created each month to bolster the economy....
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    A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto

    It’s not called a “manifesto” for nothing. In six short chapters, Ramos humanizes undocumented immigrants, argues why you should care, and explains why reform is needed now. Above all, it’s an inspiring book that, if passionate to a fault, is soundly reasoned.
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    Obama’s Apogee in His Rearview Mirror

    For reasons related to normal rhythms of American politics and to Barack Obama’s abnormal lurch to the left, his presidency probably has passed its apogee. If Obama has a second term, it probably will be, as most are, more difficult than the first, during which his party’s brand has been badly damaged in just 17 months.
  • Yikes! A 50-Foot Nancy Pelosi

    As the November election inches closer, conservatives are offering a preview of a major strategy with an ad portraying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a 50-foot monster hell-bent on destroying small-town America in a taxpayer-money-devouring rage. The anti-Pelosi campaign is heating up.
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    Does Anyone Care About Unemployment Anymore?

    The Federal Reserve doesn’t seem to care much about high unemployment. Apparently, very few other people in Washington do, either. The corporate sector has returned to rude health, with improved balance sheets and tons of cash. It has helped lead the recovery. But without paychecks for the mighty American consumer, the recovery will seem anemic.
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    Do Rural Prisons Benefit Locals?

    States like New York send prisoners from the city to the countryside. To these smaller communities, the incarcerated bring government dollars, political power, and potential problems.
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    How Not to Muck Everything Up

    Now that health-care reform and financial-regulation change is inevitable, the question facing reformers is, how do you make sure your reforms survive construction and implementation, and then resist the relentless and inevitable efforts at erosion?
  • Will Obama Back Down on Carbon-Regulation Deadline?

    Two Republican senators present at a recent presidential Cabinet Room meeting on energy say that Obama appeared to be willing to postpone the deadline when the EPA will begin regulating greenhouse-gas emissions.