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Aug 16 2014

A ticket to Sarah Palin’s funhouse

I figured the Texas lineup of Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, and a carnival sideshow of far-right Congress critters assured my state the glory of being the hands-down winner of the 2014 blue-ribbon prize for “Goofiest Politicos in America.” But now, a former winner has surged from obscurity to become the frontrunner. Yes, folks, …

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Aug 09 2014

Why government fails, and what we should do about it

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. There’s ample cause for concern. The VA appointments scandal; the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act; the 28 years of missed inspections …

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Aug 05 2014

Benefits extended

The Social Security Administration announced that local Social Security offices would continue to provide benefit verification letters until further notice. Providing services when and where the public needs them remains central to Social Security’s efforts, while continuing to encourage federal, state, and local agencies to take advantage of Social Security’s data exchange programs that can …

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Jul 04 2014

Remembering the price of freedom on independence day

As we do every year, Texans across the state will gather this Fourth of July at barbecues, parades and picnics to enjoy time with family and friends, watch fireworks, and celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our nation. Independence Day is an annual reminder that we are fortunate to enjoy the greatest freedoms in …

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Jun 29 2014

Voting rights in reverse

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) that went into effect 25 June 2013 has led to some states implementing measures making it harder for racial minorities and the aged to cast a ballot. Voting rights advocates are trying hard, but attempts to rectify the situation are stalled in Congress. The implications are significant. The approaching autumn …

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May 17 2014

Get ready for more of the same

I felt a brief surge of hope about Congress a few weeks ago. It was returning from Easter recess, and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill to keep the government operating, and maybe even funding for transportation infrastructure. But, as I said, it was brief. That’s …

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May 03 2014

The Justices and the scramble for cash

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency, and the impact of money on the overall political process. Recently, the Supreme Court’s five-member majority declared …

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Apr 30 2014

Waiter, am I subsidizing your pay?

  Late April doesn’t just bring flocks of tourists Washington. It’s when hundreds of members of the National Restaurant Association — a.k.a. the “other NRA” — swarm Capitol Hill for two intensive days of lobbying. With a $65 million budget and over 52,000 members, the other NRA ranks among the nation’s most powerful corporate lobbies. …

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