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Why ‘compassionate conservatism’ is still dead

Ryan Poverty Plan

Compassionate conservatism is back. That’s how Peter Beinart, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, reads a number of recent developments in Republican politics, the most recent being

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Why ‘compassionate conservatism’ is still dead

Compassionate conservatism is back. That’s how Peter Beinart, a contributing editor at the Atlantic, reads a number of recent developments in Republican


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Why the House should sue Obama

The Constitution states that it’s Congress’ job to make the laws and the president’s to faithfully execute them. It does not permit a president to


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America’s poor need bigger checks, not a ‘life plan’

What if the poor need more than disposable income to escape poverty? What if they need a life coach? That’s the position of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan,


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Obama’s foreign policy reveals the effects of disengagement

A stunning unfolding of international crises, from Iraq to Ukraine to Syria to Gaza, has prompted some less-than-edifying Washington debate: It’s all


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Death without dignity

The state of Arizona executed Joseph R. Wood III on Wednesday. For those Americans who, as we do, consider the death penalty to be a dehumanizing punishment


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America's Flight 17

WASHINGTON — Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin


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Rick Perry Surges with New National Platform

Over the past three weeks, one Republican has gained more national attention than any other: Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas. He has been everywhere — calling up


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VA nominee gets cushy treatment from senators

WASHINGTON — At Robert McDonald’s Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, lawmakers called the job of heading the “broken,”


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Blue-state disgrace

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Immigration is a complex problem. So is the long-term question of how the United States should handle the influx of tens of thousands of


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How to save Gaza

WASHINGTON — After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible


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