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There's been a lot of criticism of the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) for not inviting Republican Governors Chris Christie of New Jersey and Bob McDonnell of Virginia to their annual conference this week. But the critics are wrong -- there's nothing inappropriate about CPAC's decision. Christie was excluded for supposedly over-praising President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy and agreeing to expand Medicaid, and McDonnell was shunned for including some new taxes in his transportation plan. It may seem self-defeating for...

March 15, 2013

Yesterday there were two announcements from Europe concerning our relationship with God. One was the election of the new Pope, Francis I, and the other was a statement from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) confirming their discovery of the "God particle," the Higgs boson. They represent two not-quite-conflicting theories of the universe, and a deep divide in our society and politics. People who see organized religion as the best path to understanding the world, and the ultimate guide for making choices in life, do not quite...

March 14, 2013

Mitt and Ann Romney gave an interview to Fox News this weekend, and it showed how much the would-be first couple remains in a bubble of their own making.  

Since the election, the Romney campaign has been critiqued for having made decisions based on inaccurate information provided by the conservative media. They famously embraced poll numbers that were at odds with the vast majority of public polls, and they seems to think issues like Benghazi were resonating with the public because they were hot topics on Fox News.

Now, after a...

March 05, 2013

You may have read about the dispute between the White House and Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Woodward says that Obama advisor Gene Sperling "threatened" him on the phone by saying Woodward would "regret" the reporting in his story about the current budget impasse. The implication is that "regret" was a code word for something more sinister.  

When the actual e-mails were published, it was clear that Sperling just meant Woodward would wish he hadn't gotten the story wrong. And from Woodward's e-mail back to Sperling, it's clear he...

February 28, 2013

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