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On Wednesday, the former House speaker formally ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, despite previously vowing to stay in the race until the GOP convention in August.

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GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich all favor flat taxes, which have been criticized for putting a greater burden on middle-income people while cutting taxes for the rich. How have they played out in countries that adopted them?

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It took the case of "JihadJane" to illuminate what should have been obvious by now: Anyone who claims to be able to identify a potential terrorist by appearance or nationality is delusional. There's a reason why all of us have to take our shoes off at the airport.

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A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion.

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President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court is a proud and accomplished Latina. This fact apparently drives some prominent Republicans to a state resembling incoherent, sputtering rage.

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Certain right-wingers are really upset (!) at President Obama for shaking Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's hand at the Summit of the Americas last weekend, because shaking hands with enemies indicates weakness and is just not done, you see with a few notable exceptions.

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Conservatives fear a "period of unchecked left-wing ascendancy" should Barack Obama and the Democrats sweep in November, but the voters care more about competent government than ideology.

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Fred Thompson has at long last thrown in his lot with the other (long list of) Republicans running for president. Frequently painted as an eleventh hour hero to conservatives, Thompson's shtick so far strikes us as canned Gingrich opened long after its expiration date. What do you think?

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich thinks the road to the White House is longer and stranger than ever -- and he ought to be concerned, considering he's rumored to be joining the other candidates on that road soon. "These aren't debates," the Georgia Republican groused to CNN, comparing the recent debates to a cross between "The Bachelor," "American Idol" and "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader."

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