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Hooray for socialized medicine!

This is the latest in an occasional series of blog posts commenting on impending retirement.

The United States Postal Service delivered an important piece of mail to me today. 279 more words

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Bill to reform California's near-solitary prison units dies

By Sharon Bernstein

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) – A bill aimed at easing some conditions for inmates in near-solitary confinement in California prisons has died in the state legislature amid concerns that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has held a tough line on prison issues, would veto it. 219 more words

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Obama unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius'




NEWPORT R.I. (Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises. 345 more words

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GOP Rep. Cole tamps down Obama criticism

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole must be running a fever. Perhaps he’s been in the hot Oklahoma sun too long.

The Republican lawmaker actually said¬†President Obama is being “commendably cautious” about developing a strategy¬†to deal with ISIL. 179 more words

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Obama feeds critics with bid for more time on Syria




By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has bought some time with his decision to slow the march toward U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and provided fodder for critics who accuse him of dithering. 643 more words

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Texas frontrunner for governor, Abbott, backs out of sole TV debate




AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The frontrunner for the Texas race for governor, Republican Greg Abbott, has pulled out of the sole statewide televised debate, the debate’s broadcaster, WFAA-TV, said on Friday. 139 more words

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Obama faces a tough sell in Congress for Islamic State strategy




By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to consult Congress about any expanded military action against Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, but support from the divided legislature is unlikely to come quickly – if at all. 467 more words

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