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Conspiracy Theories in Pictures

JFK Offered a Generation a Chance to Fly

What follows is an attempt to explain to those who did not experience the events of 50 years ago why it is that we stop, remember and honor the young president who was killed on the streets of Dallas in 1963. Anyone else who was around back then might write a similar account, but I hope mine, and …

Dining Rooms

David Vitter's Food Stamp Felon Ban Would Barely Save Any Money

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. David Vitter introduced legislation banning convicted rapists, murderers and pedophiles from receiving food stamps, the Louisiana Republican suggested convicts had soaked the system for millions.<p>But just how much in food stamps is currently going to these felons? This week …

The Nuclear Option: A Sad Day for America

Why did the Democrats in the Senate enact the so-called "nuclear option"? In the Senate, unlike the House of Representatives, a minority of Senators can prevent a vote on proposed legislation, presidential nominations or other legislative action by engaging in a filibuster. Traditionally, as in the …

George W. Bush

The "Real JFK" - Not Conservative, and Not Forgotten

<i>Listen to the breath, the unbroken message that creates itself from the silence, it rushes towards you now, from those youthfully dead.</i><p>- Rainer Maria Rilke, "Duino Elegies"<p>Fifty years. That's how long it's been since John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Half a century can seem so brief - just a flash …

Political Science

Nuclear Fallout: The Real-World Consequences Of Senate Filibuster Reform

WASHINGTON -- When Harry Reid came in through a side door to the Mansfield Room Thursday afternoon, the majority leader was met with a raucous standing ovation from a crowd of activists, mere steps from the Senate floor where he had just successfully led a change of Senate rules to reform the …

Can Chris Christie Avoid Becoming The Next Marco Rubio?

WASHINGTON –- Time magazine didn't label Chris Christie the "Republican savior." But it put him on the cover.<p>The Republican New Jersey governor is in roughly the same position now that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was a year ago. In the wake of his reelection this month, Christie has been venerated …

Republicans attack president's 'phoney apology' over Obamacare rollout

Senator Ron Johnson accuses Barack Obama of 'political fraud' over promise to let Americans keep existing healthcare plans<p>Obamacare once again dominated the Republican oppposition's weekly address on Saturday despite President Barack Obama's attempt to move the debate on to energy policy in his own …