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Mitt Romney’s Sneering Farewell to the ‘47 Percent’

Trying to explain away his decisive, sweeping and very expensive rout to his disappointed supporters—those one-percent Republicans—Mitt Romney offered a new version of the discredited “47 percent” argument that was so ruinous in its original form.

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It’s a Brave New (Political) World

Any way you slice and dice the data, they point toward inevitable political change over the next couple of decades.

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Ending the Drug War: The Next Serious Step Through the Haze of Comedy

What’s next? Amid all the munchie-themed jokes from reporters, political elites and late-night comedians, this remains the overarching question after Coloradans voted overwhelmingly to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in the same way alcohol is already legalized, regulated and taxed.

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The GOP’s Listening Problem

I know it’s early, but I have a sinking feeling the Republican Party is taking all the wrong lessons from last week’s election.

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The Secret Building Boom of the Obama Years

A billion dollars from the federal government could go a long way toward revitalizing a country’s aging infrastructure. It could provide better water and sewer systems, enhance a transportation network or provide local jobs. And, in fact, it did. It just happened to be in the Middle East, not the United States.

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How Germany Is Getting to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.

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The Growing Global Movement Against Austerity

Amaia Engana didn’t wait to be evicted from her home. On Nov. 9, in the town of Barakaldo, a suburb of Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country, officials from the local judiciary were on their way to serve her eviction papers. Amaia stood on a chair and threw herself out of her fifth-floor apartment window, dying instantly on impact on the sidewalk below.

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The Inconvenient Truths of 2012

Human nature and politics being what they are, Republicans will underestimate the trouble they’re in, and Democrats will be eager to overestimate the strength of their post-2012 position.

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Preserve Benefits: Cut Gouging and Inequities

Congress is still talking about a “Grand Bargain” that “balances” far more spending cuts than tax increases. That is another way of saying that you – the consumer of Medicare and Medicaid services, the recipient of Social Security, and the average taxpayer — will take the brunt of the spending cuts.

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Avoiding the ‘Fiscal Cliff’: ‘Broadening the Tax Base’ vs. Raising Taxes on the Rich

The president says he wants $1.6 trillion in tax hikes. Republicans say they won’t raise tax rates but might be willing to close some loopholes and limit some deductions and tax credits. Is compromise in the air?

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