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What’s on the table in the budget talks?

The dynamics of the current budget discussion, the ones aimed at averting a fiscal cliff, are hard to follow. For instance, who is doing the negotiating?  And, having said that, will the legislative bodies some of the negotiators represent actually do their leaders’ bidding.

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Sequestration: Maybe it’s time to take our medicine

Congress doesn’t seem to like its own legislation. Back in 2011, Congress enacted the Budget Control Act. It had two key features. First, there was a twelve member body called the Super Committee. This was a bipartisan group from both chambers, half Democrat and half Republican, that would propose a package to reduce the deficit and give it to both Houses for an up or down vote. If it had worked, if there had been a grand bargain, it might have been considered a turning point and a piece of creative and courageous

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Pilgrim Legacy started it

It was Daniel Webster, the famous orator and Massachusetts Senator, who in a speech commemorating the 200th anniversary of the landing at Plymouth Rock first coined the word “Pilgrim.”

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A Requiem for Mitt Romney

No, no one died, and life, for the candidate, will go on.  He fought well, he fought hard, and he lost.  That happens.  

He is also a decent and honorable man.  But, election night was probably the last chapter in Mitt Romney’s political biography.  Though I didn’t vote for him, almost exclusively for reasons of political philosophy, Mitt Romney isn’t someone I dislike.  In fact, I like him.  He is affable, good natured, highly intelligent, and a leader.  His political credentials are impeccable.  

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Rome’s Cincinnatus was the model for our first veterans

Like a lot of figures from Ancient Rome what we know about Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus is based more on legend than it is historical fact. We know he was born in 519 BCE and he became a prominent figure in Roman political life. He was a gifted leader and a talented military commander, but he always considered himself first and foremost a

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Obama’s not-so secret weapon: get out the vote

There is nothing new in saying that election 2012 is probably going to be close. Mitt Romney, following the first debate, has surged from a lagging position to nearly even with or slightly ahead of the President. Romney anchored his lead in North Carolina, drew closer in Iowa, secured a lead in Florida, and has pushed Virginia from a position of leans Obama, to leans Romney. The Romney campaign, justifiably, is enthused and excited. However, as long as it remains too close to call, the President and his campaign, thanks to a not so secret weapon, probably still have an edge.

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