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Even if Obama wanted to fight in Iraq, America's too war weary

Barack Obama opposed war in Iraq, then backed failed interventions in Afghanistan and Libya. Even if today's Iraq crisis warranted US involvement, that would be tough to broker

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American dream is now just that for American middle-class -- a dream

During the 2012 presidential election, Republican nominee Mitt Romney regularly liked to joke that President Obama wanted the US economy to look "more like Europe". In the context of modern American politics, few insults are more stinging. To be European is to be somehow effeminate, irresolute and, perhaps worst of all, socialist. It's the opposite of the "rugged individualism" and "exceptional nature" of the uniquely American experiment in self-government.

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Chris Christie was a ticking time bomb. It was only a matter of time before he blew up

If there is a singular skill that separates presidential contenders from presidential "also-rans" it is discipline. The ability to stay on message, to keep emotions in check, to avoid distractions, to understand that the long-game must take precedence over the daily news cycle and to dodge the inevitable political headaches that emerge is essential to political success on a national stage.

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A more progressive America is emerging, but Republicans won't go down without a fight

Popular opinion is moving towards more progressive policies, though Republicans won't go down without a fight

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A year after Newtown, America's gun carnage continues with no end in sight

The U.S. death toll from gun violence since Newtown is more than 33,000. When will we wake up?

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Dear President Obama: Don't cave to the GOP's extortion politics

To a casual observer of American politics the ongoing government shutdown and prospect of a cataclysmic debt default in the next two weeks may look like just another round of "DC dysfunction" between two parties hopelessly polarized and ideologically divided. It's not. While the government shutdown is nominally about the Republican crusade against Obamacare, the issues at stake are far bigger than one law or even one president or one Congress. In reality, the psychodrama playing out in Washington is about the future of democracy in America.

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Don't fall prey to 'both sides-ism': Republicans are to blame for government shutdown

There is a frustrating tendency in American political reporting to adopt a position of "both sides-ism" – as in, "both sides" are equally to blame for the nation's chronic political dysfunction. Sometimes, it must be said, this assessment is correct. After all, the US political system was practically designed to breed legislative gridlock.

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Ted Cruz: The GOP's self-made monster

Over the past couple of days, as I've watched Ted Cruz capture the political world's attention and drive the GOP's self-defeating strategy on the budget and the debt limit, I've tried to think about what is the best metaphor to describe his extraordinary political rise – from freshman Texas senator to ideological lodestar of the Republican party.

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Americans are no longer interested in policing the world, Mr. Obama

However Congress votes on Syrian intervention, the White House will have problems escaping the fallout

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The Republican 'defund Obamacare' disorder shows their denial of political reality

The Republican party is not in a good place right now. They are historically unpopular (particularly House Republicans); they have no discernible governing agenda; they are under assault from their own supporters; they continue to say stupid things that upset key voting groups … and – guess what? – things are about to get even worse.

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Republicans' big problem with crazy

The GOP establishment pandered to Tea Party extremism to win the 2010 midterm elections. Now, it's reaping the whirlwind

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What men can learn from the Sheryl Sandberg's feminist manifesto 'Lean In'

By Michael Cohen, The Guardian

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