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Norton to Capitol Police: Let There Be Sledding on the Hill!

Few things unite Americans in winter like the joy of sledding: The wind ripping at your face and the soft blankets of snow cushioning the inevitable -- and often sudden -- stop. Sledding is banned on the most famous hill in the nation’s capital, but in anticipation of a snowstorm expected to hit the D.C. area late Wednesday and into Thursday – coating the slopes of Capitol Hill with several inches of fresh powder –

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Netanyahu’s Zero-Sum Game

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress Tuesday. The problem is that he has now created a zero-sum game with the Obama administration, in which either the president or the prime minister seems likely to come out a loser. Playing for huge stakes two weeks ahead of the Israeli elections, Netanyahu gave what may prove to be the defining speech of

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Does ‘Joy of Cooking’ Explain Logic of King v. Burwell?

One of the frustrating things about reporting on the King v. Burwell litigation is the difficulty explaining some relatively complicated legal concepts to an audience of non-lawyers.  Jonathan Cohn of Huffington Post has come up with a pretty good analogy, though I don’t think it works quite the way he thinks it does. First, to recapitulate the legalese.  The Affordable Care Act works by mandating that people buy health insurance. To help ensure

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Netanyahu Aftermath; DHS Impasse Ends; Hillary’s Stump Speech; Soaring Oratory of Yore

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Well, Benjamin Netanyahu has come and gone. Although he gave a well-crafted and passionate speech to Congress, Israel’s prime minister may have learned by official Washington’s mostly unreflective and partisan response to his address that we no longer live in the Age of Oratory. Clever talking points, dispensed instantly on social media and cable television and often prepared prior to the speech or event in question -- that’s

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Feted by EMILY’s List, Hillary Warms Up for 2016

If there were a spring training for presidential campaign aspirants, Tuesday night’s EMILY’s List fete for Hillary Clinton would have fit right in. She’s touring. She’s pitching. The season is right around the corner. She’s going to the show. “Don’t you someday want to see a woman president?” Clinton asked in a teasing voice, her arms raised at the conclusion of a half-hour speech delivered in the gargantuan Washington Hilton ballroom. Among her admirers --

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Is Walker Ready for Prime Time?

Any chef will tell you that you need great ingredients to pull off a great meal. Less discussed but just as true: You need to cook the ingredients in the right order.  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has nearly all of the right ingredients to win the GOP nomination. He is popular among both anti-establishment activists and the big donors of the establishment. He has working-class appeal (desperately needed for the GOP), and he’s battle-tested

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