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Corruption investigations, and a conviction, dim GOP hopes for the White House in 2016

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With McDonnell, Christie, Walker and Perry mired in criminal investigations, the GOP has a 2016 problem.

Russian soldiers captured in Ukraine as Putin embraces the Bush legacy of foreign failure

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Putin’s war in Ukraine bears a striking resemblance to Bush’s war in Iraq, and so is doomed to fail.
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Gays have won. So what’s next?

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Gay rights had an amazingly successful two decades. So, which issue should be next on the progressive agenda?
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Palin, GOP spit on returning-POW Bergdahl before getting all the facts

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The Republican party supports the troops, except when it’s politically expedient to attack them.
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If US politics actually were the Game of Thrones

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HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on European history, but also bears a close similarity to present day US politics.
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Could Malaysia Air Flight 370 have been hacked?

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Some researchers claim that an airplane’s internal control systems (SCADA) are potentially hackable.
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Crimea is “Putin’s Iraq”

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The lesson of Iraq was that in the modern era, invading a country is easy — but occupation is hard, and costly.
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Ukraine rejects its own president and Vladimir Putin

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The big loser in Ukraine is Russia, though the US isn’t far behind.
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Welcome to the Chris Christie Super Subpoena Bowl!

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“The crowd is much thinner than expected today. Seems someone closed two-thirds of the stadium turnstiles.”
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Conservatives accuse liberals of fascism because of their own projection

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Conservatives accuse liberals of fascism because that is the type of politician too many Republicans want to be.

What if Chris Christie’s Bridgegate wasn’t about revenge, but rather money?

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Everyone is talking about “revenge,” but what if Bridgegate was actually about money?
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NSA meta-data collection unconstitutional, court rules

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A federal court ruling that an NSA wiretap program is unconstitutional has huge implications.
During the worst of Hurricane Katrina, George Bush celebrated John McCain's birthday in California, Aug. 29, 2005.

The Obamacare Web site is not Obama’s Katrina

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1,833 people didn’t die when the Obamacare web site glitched, and it didn’t cost the American people $100 bn.
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