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After Mitt Romney agreed to release his tax return sooner rather than later, as he'd originally planned, Newt Gingrich responded with this:

I think it's exactly the right thing to do. And as far as I'm concerned, that particular issue is now set aside and we can go on and talk about other, bigger, and...
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After Mitt Romney revealed that he pays about 15% in taxes, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said:

Everybody who's working hard ought to pay their fair share, and and that includes millionaires who might be paying an effective tax rate of 15% when folks making $50,000 or $75,000 or $100,000 a year are paying...
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The times, they are a changin'. As they always do.

Change causes pain. Because it requires change. It requires adaptation. It requires abandoning old comforts that no longer have a foundation to stand on, finding new foundations, and building on them.

What is the role of government in times of major change? Daniel Levis wrote:...
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I live in Nebraska, so what I'm about to say is heresy. But we need more heretics.

I read somewhere the other day that gas that contains corn ethanol produces more greenhouse gasses than straight gasoline, and even more than other, easier to produce sources of ethanol. And we know that the growth of the...
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A year ago, at the end of one of my periodic political rants, I wrote:

But I have a dream. I have a dream that one day, enough people in this nation will get sick of the two major parties to vote ‘em out.

In fact, that’s a sabotage strategy I might be willing to...
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I watched a presentation by Lawrence Lessig today about why we need campaign finance reform now, and it got me thinking -- the ideal of democracy is 1 person, 1 vote. But how much of a vote does each of us have?

First, here's the presentation:

Each citizen starts off with one vote. But those...
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Back in March, the Washington Post referred to Rush Limbaugh as the new Minority Leader. After Limbaugh repeatedly expressed the hope that Obama would fail and Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele criticized him for it, Steele had to apologize to Limbaugh.

Are you kidding me?

Let me see if I've got this right. We're supposed...
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The first time I saw Sarah Palin, she struck me as an intelligent, well-spoken person who had her head on straight. I'm not saying that I was ready to call myself a Republican again, but I was impressed. (BTW, I'm not calling myself a Democrat either, just so that you know).

So why on earth...
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A few days ago, John Reese posted the following on Twitter:

"i used to think libertarians were a bit wacky but now I'm really starting to see that a lot of what they believe makes sense / 'grant me the freedom to do whatever I want unless it infringes on the freedom of others.' it's...
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