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An independent, bipartisan commission should investigate Russia’s ties to Donald Trump and his associates.An independent, bipartisan commission should investigate Russia’s ties to Donald Trump and his associates.

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Newly released documents show that the U.S. endorsed a third-party deal to send weapons to Iran just six months after the hostage crisis ended there, a move that helped plant the seeds for the later Iran-Contra scandal.

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Congress’ work has often offered us transparency and has usually led to useful, progressive legislation. And now comes Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank’s choreographed extravaganza in the House of Representatives, supported by an echoing committee, with sound bites worthy of a night in the Borscht Belt.

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The times are unprecedented. Not since 1861 have we watched the last gasps of an outgoing administration with such anxiety. Then the nation was concerned with drift and inertia; now we watch for further ideological mischief.

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Sensing their own smallness, contemporary politicians often seek to puff themselves up by appealing to myth and legend. For Republicans, there is no mythology more appealing than that of Ronald Wilson Reagan, as the party's presidential candidates eagerly demonstrated during their May 3 debate in the library that bears his name.

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