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Why Elizabeth Warren Probably Isn’t Running for President

November 17, 2014 Let's begin by stating the obvious: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said, multiple times, that she is "not running for president"—although she has softened her tone on the subject in recent interviews. But! Warren boosters took some heart in news that broke Thursday, that Warren would be named to a newly...

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A Portrait of Two Presidents, Reconciling Their Political Struggles

November 10, 2014 In a special 60th anniversary episode of CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, host Bob Schieffer got Barack Obama and George W. Bush to wax philosophical about their respective legacies as president. In a prerecorded interview in the Oval Office, Schieffer addressed criticism that if Obama were more of a...

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Obama on the Midterms: 'Obviously Republicans Had a Good Night'

November 5, 2014 President Obama recognized the obvious on Wednesday afternoon. "Obviously, Republicans had a good night," he said, speaking from the East Room. "There's no doubt Republicans had a good night." Obama congratulated the GOP, which gained control of the Senate and a bigger majority in the House. Then he turned his...

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Here's a Photo of President Obama Hugging a Nurse Who Survived Ebola

October 24, 2014 Maybe America doesn't need an Ebola czar. It just needs a hugger in chief. On Friday, President Obama warmly embraced Nina Pham, one of the two Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, inside the Oval Office. Pham contracted the highly contagious and potentially deadly virus from...

An Ode to the White House Website, Circa 1995

October 21, 2014 Such simplicity. Such old-timey charm. Such HTML. The original White House website—which has, blessedly, been preserved for posterity by the National Archives—is a time capsule from the early days of the World Wide Web. "Twenty years ago today the first White House web site appeared, and several updated versions of...

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An Ebola Visa Ban Isn't Perfect. But It's Better Than a Full Travel Ban.

October 21, 2014 Amid growing panic about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Republicans in Congress are shifting away from wanting to impose a blanket travel ban from countries affected by the disease, and moving toward limiting visas from those countries. While banning visas may seem like a watered-down travel ban, it would...

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What Exactly Does an Administration 'Czar' Do?

October 17, 2014 It sounds like something out of Anna Karenina. The Obama administration is going to name a "czar" to combat the spread of Ebola in the United States. President Obama will soon announce the appointment of Ron Klain as his administration's "Ebola czar," CNN reported Friday morning. Klain has served as...

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Treasury Department Designates 11 People as Terrorists

September 25, 2014 As the United Nations General Assembly gathered in New York City on Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury Department designated 11 people and one "front group" as terrorists. According to the U.S. government, the newly named terrorists have worked with terrorist groups including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida and...

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Justice Has Indicted Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino for Tax Evasion

September 24, 2014 The press release from the Justice Department was written in all caps: MICHAEL "THE SITUATION" AND MARC SORRENTINO INDICTED FOR TAX CRIMES INVOLVING $8.9 MILLION INCOME. Indeed, the former Jersey Shore abdomen-flasher, along with his brother and manager Marc, have been indicted for tax evasion, and are under arrest. The...

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The Emergence of Hillary Clinton, 2014 Cheerleader

September 22, 2014 Hillary Clinton's speech before the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Conference on Friday afternoon was nearly cookie-cut from remarks she gave Thursday about economic inequality in the United States. But this time around, her pitch about economic equality had more of a political bent. After being criticized for not stumping...