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Use public funds to fix campaign finance system

Special to the Washington Post, Zephyr Teachout
Apr 4 2014 - 1:25pm

Since the founding of our country, we've had the same problem with campaign finance law: We've banned bad systems but we haven't built good systems.We've enacted hundreds of laws to criminalize dangerous practices. We've outlawed million-dollar donations and unlimited corporate spending. These are important bans. The Supreme Court was wrong...

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Obama learns the value of panic

John Dickerson, Slate
Apr 4 2014 - 1:19pm

WASHINGTON -- This week President Obama celebrated the success of two franchises known for their long-suffering fans: He hosted the World Series champion Boston Red Sox and announced that his health care plan had signed up 7.1 million people. That number exceeded the hopes of administration officials before Oct. 1 of last year when the six-month...

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Some in the media cheer for Obamacare

Cagle Cartoons, Michael Reagan
Apr 4 2014 - 11:53am

Watching the president doing his ObamaCare victory lap in the Rose Garden the other day made me feel so sick to my stomach I had to call my doctor. But seeing the mainstream media join the celebration like a pack of liberal lapdogs made me wonder if I was watching a channel from North Korea. The uncritical reaction of the New York-Washington Axis...

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Scare tactics fail climate science, planet

Bloomberg News, Clive Crook
Apr 4 2014 - 10:19am

Why aren't climate scientists winning the argument on climate policy? It sure isn't for lack of effort.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change just published another vast pile of material, this time focused on "impacts, adaptation and vulnerability." The IPCC says that the new report's "30 chapters, supported by a number of annexes and...

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A Supreme challenge

An Editorial, The Washington Post
Apr 4 2014 - 10:15am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned yet another federal law meant to check corruption and influence-peddling in national politics. The ruling shows two things: The Roberts Court's destructive view on these matters wasn't changed by the backlash to its Citizens United holding, and Congress must respond by designing new rules that can pass the...

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Obamacare haters can't handle the truth

Cagle Cartoons, Dick Polman
Apr 4 2014 - 10:10am

If there's one thing Republicans hate even more than health insurance for a growing number of Americans, it's empirical evidence that Obamacare is insuring a growing number of Americans.As we hit the first enrollment deadline, the raw stats demonstrate that the health reform law is very much alive and threading itself into the national fabric....

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Can Rand Paul really get the 2016 GOP nomination?

Cagle Cartoons, Joe Gandelman
Apr 3 2014 - 3:11pm

He's the GOP's emerging conservative "rock star" who sets the base on fire. But can he go the distance? Is it realistic to think that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul can really get the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination and usher in a new GOP era in more ways than one? Or does he have too much political hubris -- some of it from his father?If you...

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Defense non-debate demonstrates American domestic preoccupations

Arthur I. Cyr, Standard-Examiner
Apr 3 2014 - 10:42am

The Obama administration has proposed major changes in defense policy. In an earlier era these sweeping proposals would have sparked intense and highly visible discussion and debate. Unfortunately, this has not yet happened.This is the case despite combat engagement in two extremely long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The U.S. Department of Defense...

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The audacity of cynicism

John Dickerson, Slate
Apr 17 2014 - 12:35pm

WASHINGTON -- How do I get you to pay attention to this story? I could type out a balanced tale about an incremental change in White House spin and message control, relying on your discernment, patience and kindness toward all the creatures of the Earth. Or, I could say that Barack Obama is a cynical and manipulative liar. The first approach would...

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Fall of the House of Bush?

Cagle Cartoons, Joe Gandelman
Apr 16 2014 - 11:23am

Are hard-line Republican conservatives about to implement their own version of political entitlement reform? Are we now witnessing the beginning of the fall of the House of Bush?If Edgar Allen Poe were alive and writing political analysis, it might make a nice story. Only a few weeks ago reports said influential Republicans were trying to draft...

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Why Putin may stand down

Fred Kaplan, Slate
Apr 16 2014 - 10:14am

WASHINGTON -- Contrary to appearances, the crisis in Ukraine might be on the verge of resolution. The potentially crucial move came this week when interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said that he would be open to changing the country's political system from a republic, with power centered in the capital Kiev, to a federation with considerable...

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Is Obama cooking the Census books for Obamacare?

Bloomberg News, Megan McArdle
Apr 16 2014 - 10:11am

For several months now, whenever the topic of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act came up, I've been saying that it was too soon to tell its ultimate effects. We don't know how many people have paid for their new insurance policies, or how many of those who bought policies were previously uninsured. For that, I said, we will have to wait for...

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Victimized by the ‘marriage penalty’

Catherine Rampell, The Washington Post
Apr 15 2014 - 12:55pm

In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears -- before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love -- that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.Yes, dear readers, this was my last tax day as a single filer. By this time next year, I'll be married, and the Internal...

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Burwell’s big chance to control health-care costs

Bloomberg News, Peter Orszag
Apr 15 2014 - 9:39am

In the past several months, health- care costs outside Medicare may have accelerated, even as Medicare spending growth remains remarkably low. This is why Sylvia Mathews Burwell (who is a friend of mine) has the opportunity to be a transformational secretary of Health and Human Services. If over the next three years she can take the bold steps...

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The cost of care

An Editorial, The Washington Post
Apr 14 2014 - 11:24am

This was a breakthrough week for health-care transparency. For the first time, the Obama administration released doctor-specific information about Medicare payments, starting with 2012 data on $64 billion worth of billings. Journalists immediately set to work analyzing the data. Among some of the key findings: Just 2 percent of the 880,000...

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Vermont’s single-payer dream a nightmare

Bloomberg News, Megan McArdle
Apr 14 2014 - 10:49am

Of the plans that states have hatched for the Affordable Care Act, none has been bolder than that of Vermont, which wants to implement a single-payer health-care system, along the lines of what you might find in Britain or Canada. One government- operated system will cover all 620,000 of Vermont's citizens. The hope is that such a system will...

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