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As we end another year of endless war in Washington, it might be the perfect time to reflect on the War That Started All Wars -- or at least the war that started all of Washington’s post-Cold War wars: the invasion of Panama.

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Just as the Republicans in Congress are desperate to destroy the Affordable Care Act, their predecessors tried to kill Medicare in the 1960s and Social Security in the 1930s.

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The problem for Mitt Romney, assuming he eventually wins the GOP nomination, is that a general election campaign isn't really like an Etch A Sketch. Alas, traces from the primaries linger.

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It's not exactly a bold or risky move at this point -- more like he knows which way the wind blows -- but former Florida governor and current Bush clan member Jeb Bush has pledged his support to Mitt Romney's campaign for the presidency.

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Since his death last year, we've heard plenty of lionizing and denigrating takes on Steve Jobs and his challenging leadership style, but we can now add the FBI's character sketch of the late Apple founder, circa the George H.W. Bush era, to that mix.

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Now that America's primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.Now that primary elections have eliminated the more implausible contenders, it is possible to take a clearer look at what the electorate will be up against when the conventions are over in the fall.

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Among Dana Carvey's most brilliant sketches on "Saturday Night Live" were his dead-perfect impersonations of President George H.W. Bush, which made a permanent contribution to America's political language. "Not gonna do it!" Carvey-as-Bush would say. "Wouldn't be prudent!"

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