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The Republicans’ dumb ‘no bailout’ pledge — By One of the dumber ideas making the rounds of the Republican campaign for president is the "no bailouts" pledge that GOP candidates are being asked to endorse. Along the lines of the "no tax" pledge made famous by Grover Norquist, the self-proclaimed enforcer of electoral pain to any Republican violator, the concept of this latest pledge presumes that bailouts-like taxes-inflict more economic harm than good.

Clinton Foundation cash undermines Hillary’s ‘champion’ claim — By Washington, where elected officials, political parties and lobbyists spend many hours a day begging for money, raining it down on others and trading legislative favors for it-is, as Claude Rains said in Casablanca, shocked, shocked, to find that the Clinton Foundation is just like them: awash in cash, some of it acquired from less than savory places.

The White House Correspondents Dinner is terrible. I'm never going again... after this year. — When I first started going to the White House Correspondents Dinner nearly a decade ago, I was enthralled - and not just because of the president. What political nerd doesn't want to schmooze it up with Warren Buffett, Angelina Jolie, Colin Powell, the Mad Men gang, Larry David, and Pamela Anderson?

Hillarynomics: Right down the middle — By The biggest factor that will determine whether Hillary Clinton wins the White House 18 months from now is completely beyond her control: the health of the U.S. economy. Will wage growth remain anemic between now and then? Will gasoline be $2 or $4? Will the job market continue to grow?

Barack Obama is not Neville Chamberlain — Let's not fool ourselves into thinking that we have secured a long-lasting peace with Iran, or that Tehran's deeply troubling bad behavior in the Middle East will be modified. We all know the framework nuclear agreement between six world powers and Iran is far from perfect - when you're sitting at the table with the Russians, Chinese, French, and Iranians, how could it be?

Missing: Ted Cruz’s ideas for the U.S. economy — By He's a constitutional lawyer who was a star at Harvard Law School. Scary smart. An electrifying speaker. A junior senator in his first term, with a thin legislative record, no military service, no foreign policy experience whatsoever. He's never run anything and has spent most of his career on various government payrolls.

Scott Walker’s exaggerated record on jobs — By Scott Walker has been compared to Ronald Reagan by both Republicans and Democrats-sparking hopes, and fears, that he'd be just like the Gipper in the White House. Great for the jobs and the economy, GOPers say. A deficit-busting enemy of the working man, counter Dems. Is he as good as some Republicans think and as bad as Democrats fear?

The upside of American politicians being techno-phobic Luddites — Hillary Clinton, the apparently big-time emailing former secretary of State, seems to have proven the exception to a political maxim: the higher you go, the more removed you get from some fundamental tasks core to the lives of real Americans.

3 myths about ObamaCare at the Supreme Court — Americans are a woefully ignorant people. A third of us can't name even one of three branches of the U.S. government. Two-fifths don't even know which party controls the House or Senate. Millions even think that after the Supreme Court rules on a case, it's sent to Congress for lawmakers' consideration.

The far right fears Jeb Bush’s success — By One of the more memorable moments during the last presidential campaign was a GOP debate in August, 2011. Fox's Bret Baier asked the eight candidates if they would agree to $1 in new taxes for every $10 in sending cuts. Not one person raised his (or her) hand.
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May 24, 2015

President attends Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery: wreath-laying at Tomb of the Unknowns, Ampitheater remarks

May 24, 2015

Monday: President hosts Memorial Day breakfast for veterans, service organizations, Gold Star Mothers; Gold Star Wives, others (more)

May 24, 2015

@bhokans @jaketapper Sir: curious about your father-in-law's WWII service; he was 14 when the war ended?

May 24, 2015

Watching "Frost-Nixon." Filled w/a variety of inaccuracies/embellishments, but still highly entertaining. Langella great as RN

May 24, 2015

Pretty sure the folks at Volkswagon won't be using this in their next marketing campaign

May 24, 2015

Looks like President staying in today; press office says there's a lid

May 24, 2015

RT @EdHarms: @WestWingReport Flowers at the grave I adopted at the American Cemetary and Memoria at Margraten, The Netherlands.

May 24, 2015

No burials today at Arlington or on Memorial Day itself, but 22 are scheduled for Tuesday - a typical day's worth

May 24, 2015

An American flag on each of 400,000+ graves at Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo/WWR) #MemorialDay

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