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    The Moment for an Energy Bill?

    The gulf spill may not push Congress to pass its climate and energy bill. But Obama hopes people watching horrified at home won't accept anything less.
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    Right Wing: Brewer-Obama Summit a Fence to Nowhere

    If Arizona watchers were hoping for news or progress from today's meeting of President Obama and Gov. Jan Brewer to discuss the state's new immigration law, they will be sorely disappointed. Conservative news outlets were particularly nonplused.
  • What Blago's Trial Really Means for Obama

    If there's one thing the Obama administration doesn't need today, it's the Rod Blagojevich trial reminding people of what "Chicago-style politics" are all about.
  • Is Colorado's Andrew Romanoff Another Sestak?

    Rushing to quell another potential PR hit, the White House last night admitted it had discussed an administration job with Andrew Romanoff, a Democrat who is challenging Sen. Michael Bennet, a White House favorite, for Colorado's Senate nomination.
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    How Should We Punish BP?

    Newsweek and Slate readers offer their most creative, incisive, and sadistic ideas for how the oil company should pay for the devastating spill.
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    The BP-Goldman Continuum

    The reason you can’t give regulators (of Wall Street or big oil) too much "discretion" is that they’ll always be outsmarted by the private sector. That’s why standards have to be spelled out in the law.
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    Politics 101: How Not to Get Attention

    GOP Senate candidate Rep. Mark Kirk falsely claimed to have won a prestigious war medal, but it's getting less attention than Democratic candidate Richard Blumenthal's misstatements about his service. The difference? Vietnam versus the Balkans, who broke the story, and Kirk actually served.
  • Another Dent in the Anti-Incumbent Narrative

    Tuesday's contests in Alabama, Mississippi, and New Mexico have given the pundits yet another opportunity to prattle on about "anti-establishment" fever. But here's what the results really tell us about the 2010 midterms.
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    Greetings From Afghanistan: Send More Ammo

    Capt. Benjamin Tupper was deployed to the front lines in Afghanistan as part of an Embedded Training Team tasked with training the ramshackle Afghan National Army. He’s simultaneously faithful to the mission and critical of its execution.
  • Canada Hands Over Terror Suspect

    A man suspected by U.S. authorities of terrorist ties, who was taken off an airplane in Canada on Sunday, has been handed over to the United States, according to U.S. and Canadian officials.
  • Dissecting the ACORN ‘Pimp’s’ New Census Video

    The conservative activist who brought down ACORN earlier this year with a pimp hat and a hidden camera is at it again. His target this time around: the U.S. Census. Apparently, James O’Keefe got a job as a census worker in New Jersey and secretly recorded his training, along with conversations with various supervisors.
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    Al and Tipper Gore Were Always the Odd Couple

    They were an odd couple from the start, a teenage romance that tried—and, after 40 years, failed—to bridge the divides that were inherent in it from the start: political versus nonpolitical Washington; ambition versus another day at the beach; a need to internalize and intellectualize versus the drummer in the band.
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    Al and Tipper Gore Separating After 40 Years of Marriage

    Former vice president Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have told friends they have decided to separate after 40 years of marriage, Politico reports. In an e-mail to friends, they wrote, "This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration. We ask for respect for our privacy and that of our family, and we do not intend to comment further."...
  • The Gores Run Aground

    Separate interests have led to separate lives. And a definitive end to political life.
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    Obama Signals a Long Deepwater Drilling Freeze

    Speaking before reporters in the Rose Garden, the president says he won’t be approving new deepwater drilling until “we can be confident we’ve done what’s necessary to prevent history from repeating itself.”
  • Montreal Incident Points Up Continuing Gaps in 'No Fly' Rules

    The case of an Aeroméxico flight denied access to U.S. airspace after a passenger's name was found on the U.S. "no fly" list highlights continuing gaps in the U.S. government’s no-fly system, which is supposed to prevent people on the list from boarding U.S.-bound flights.
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    The DEA's Pot-Grower Problem

    Last year Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. vowed to end federal raids on sellers of medical marijuana. But the feds are leaning on another integral part of the weed business: growers.
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    New York in World War II

    Seventy years after it sweated and struggled to funnel troops to the front line, New York City has become the front line. Lower Manhattan still bears the scars of the 9/11 attacks, and if the Times Square bomber hadn't been so feckless, midtown would have its own crater and makeshift shrine.
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    Beinart's 'Icarus Syndrome': We Are Too Ambitious

    The United States has undertaken absurdly ambitious goals for the battle it is about to fight in Afghanistan. Is Obama replaying a tragic American script? Peter Beinart's 'The Icarus Syndrome' suggests he might be.
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    New Rules for Campaigns' Use of Social Media

    Ahead of the midterms, four local election commissions are considering crackdowns—the first of their kind—on how candidates and their campaigns handle online advertising and social-media sites.