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Doyle McManus
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Joe Biden: Stuck in the role of understudy -- but there's nothing wrong with that.
Joe Biden still wants to run for president. At least, his friends tell me, a big part of him does. He talks about the prospect readily, whenever reporters or voters ask. He doesn't sound as if the ambition that fired him to run when he was 44 or 64 has diminished at 72.
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Talent or money? Rich kids with low SAT scores are more likely to get through college than poor kids with high scores.
What's the difference between growing up in an affluent family and growing up poor in America?
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When will we see Hillary's emails? At this rate, not until after the presidential election -- of 2020.
It's impossible to know whether Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private email account to conduct business as secretary of State is a serious scandal or merely a tempest in a teapot. Impossible, because Clinton and her aides have ducked the most important questions.
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The GOP race is beginning to look less chaotic. The top tier so far: Bush, Walker, Paul, plus Cruz and Rubio.
The fervent Republicans who throng the Conservative Political Action Conference every year aren't representative of the American electorate. They aren't even representative of the GOP electorate. For four of the last five years, their straw poll for president has chosen Rand Paul or Ron Paul. These are not everyday Republicans.
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Is Obama really pretending the Islamic State isn't Islamic? Not if you listen to what he actually said last week.
For weeks, Republicans have lambasted President Obama for what they claim is a major foreign policy failure: His refusal to use the term “Islamic” to describe the terrorists of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
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On foreign policy, the GOP is still struggling with the legacy of George W. Bush. Anybody heard from Jeb yet?
Most presidential campaigns focus mostly on domestic issues such as the economy, taxes and healthcare, not foreign policy. But the 2016 presidential campaign is already shaping up to be an exception to that rule.
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Shorter Netanyahu on a Palestinian state: "How about never -- is never good for you?"
When President Obama began his second term — the time presidents traditionally build foreign policy legacies — he had two major projects in the Middle East: a nuclear agreement with Iran and a peace settlement based on a Palestinian state. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu planted himself firmly in the way of both.
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Congress makes sense once you realize we have three political parties now -- and John Boehner leads only one of them. http://lat.ms/1Mtg6cH
Last week's drama in the House of Representatives , when Speaker John A. Boehner needed Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to rescue him from his own rebellious party, looked like a messy disaster for Republicans . But it could have been worse.
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Netanyahu urged Congress to hold out for a tougher deal with Iran, but didn't offer any realistic way to get one.
If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu really didn't want his speech on Tuesday to look political, he chose a strange place to deliver it: the U.S. House of Representatives, one of the most politicized places on Earth.
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Does Ted Cruz, born in Canada, have a birther problem? Some legal scholars think the answer is yes.
Sen. Ted Cruz is getting close to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The Texan is spending almost as much time in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does on Fox News ; he's hired a staff and collected a long list of fiercely conservative supporters.
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Why Elizabeth Warren isn't running: She likes being an outsider, hates the grubby deal-making insiders have to do.
Sorry to break the bad news to all you dreamy-eyed liberals, but it's time to stop wishin' and hopin': Elizabeth Warren isn't running for president. Really and truly.
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Obama’s new national security strategy: Lower your expectations.
When he entered the White House in 2009, Barack Obama had grand ambitions in foreign policy. He planned to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, build a better relationship with Russia, broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians and offer a hand of friendship to Iran and the Muslim world.
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Why the rich are rattled
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The Milken Institute Global Conference, an annual gathering of investment bankers plus a smattering of social entrepreneurs, scientists and

Will Clinton run?
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Hillary Rodham Clinton sure sounds like a woman who wants to run for president.

Bangladesh's sweatshops: A boycott is not the answer
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One year ago this week, the eight-story Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh's capital city of Dhaka, killing 1,129 people. Th

Reading between the lines in Washington
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Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the

The GOP's 2016 handicap -- immigration
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In case you missed it, here's what former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush had to say last week when asked about people who come to America illegally t

Is Obamacare too big to fail?
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When Obamacare 's first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on f

What would a Republican president do about Ukraine?
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Here's what the United States has done so far in an attempt to deter further Russian incursions into Ukraine: applied two rounds of economic

Millennials rising
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Even compared with previous generations of young voters, 'millennials' are decidedly liberal, especially on social issues.

The dawn of Cold War II
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Patience again is a virtue as we enter a second Cold War.

Leading from behind in Syria
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Faced with bad options in Syria, President Obama is reviving a tactic he tried in an earlier war: leading from behind.

Red vs. blue: The battle lines of 2014
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The conventional wisdom is that this fall's congressional election will be all about Obamacare . Republicans , it's argued, will try to expa

Henry Waxman, the 'tougher than a boiled owl' congressman
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Most members of the House of Representatives have a "wall of fame" in their office — meant-to-impress photographs of the often obscure incum

State of the Union: Obama's era of limits
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The rap against President Obama 's State of the Union address on Tuesday was that his agenda, once ambitious and transformational, has sudde

Harry Reid earns an assist on Iran
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The most important person in the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations right now may be Harry Reid , the Senate Democratic leader from Searchlight,

The GOP discovers inequality
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"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the wo

A new day at the NSA
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Individually, the concrete steps President Obama announced Friday toward reforming the National Security Agency 's surveillance programs wer

John Kerry's bicycle diplomacy in the Middle East
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Peace negotiations , a wise U.S. diplomat once said, are like riding a bicycle: No matter how slow you're moving, it's best to keep going —

Syria and the perils of proxy war
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The first war I covered as a foreign correspondent was the civil war in Lebanon. When the conflict began in 1975, it was just a series of sk