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Analysis: Rudman's passing reminds senators of what they can be

November 20, 2012 In choosing this moment to depart this vale of tears, Warren Rudman performed one final service to the Republic he loved and served ably in the U.S. Senate. At a moment when the capital seems mired in avarice, self-indulgence, and partisan rancor, his death reminds us that it doesn’t have...

Study forecasts more polarization in new Congress

November 6, 2012 The 2012 redistricting process will ensure that the House of Representatives remains highly polarized in the new Congress, according to a study released on Monday. The Bipartisan Policy Center analyzed decades of voting records and concluded that the incoming House will have the lowest number of competitive seats in more...

Analysis: The legend of Simpson-Bowles

August 17, 2012 Coming this holiday season! From the people who brought you the most acclaimed, misconstrued, pain-laden tax and budget plan of all time! Simpson-Bowles: The Sequel. A crowd of ex-politicians and business executives, led by former Sens. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and former...

Justice Scalia: Guns may be regulated

July 30, 2012 Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court's most vocal and conservative justices, said on Sunday that the Second Amendment leaves room for U.S. legislatures to regulate guns, including menacing hand-held weapons. "It will have to be decided in future cases," Scalia said on Fox News Sunday. But there were...

Ron Paul: No federal financial aid for tornado victims

March 5, 2012 Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, stood by his libertarian beliefs on Sunday, saying that victims of the violent storms and tornadoes that have battered a band of states in the South and Midwest in recent days should not be given emergency financial aid from the federal government. "There is no such...

Our polarized Congress: Divided we stand

February 24, 2012 The House and the Senate are in a state of near-paralysis over the country’s finances. Even conservatives—who generally embrace Thoreau’s maxim that the government that governs best governs least—show signs of fear and alarm about the government’s inability to get things done. The United States has an aging population that...

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