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As soon as Donald Trump brayed that John McCain is "not a war hero" and went on to mock his suffering in North Vietnamese captivity, nearly every would-be presidential candidate in the GOP immediately sought to wrap the loud-mouthed celebrity's gaffe around his neck.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein's recent alarm about the CIA's interrogation methods since 9/11 spurred the Senate Intelligence Committee, which she chairs, to vote Thursday in favor of releasing key details from a lengthy report about the CIA's activities.

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We're seeing the first signs in years that on the question of taxation -- one of the fundamental responsibilities of government -- the GOP may be starting to recover its senses.

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President Obama announced his support Tuesday for a deficit-reduction plan drafted by a bipartisan Senate group known as the "Gang of Six." The lawmakers' proposal promises to reduce the deficit by $3.7 trillion.

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The president talks the talk about fiscal responsibility. But the evidence suggests he's not willing to spend the political capital to translate that talk into action.

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Even though the U.S. military's top brass specifically called this week for the "don't ask, don't tell" policy to be repealed, that didn't stop certain Republican congressmen from putting on an impressive show of jackassery in response. Winning top honors among that latter group, at least in Jon Stewart's book, was Sen. John McCain.

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