The Fix: Master Archives


Happy Birthday Bob Dylan!

Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minnesota is 74 years old today.

The greatest living American songwriter -- and one of the greatest songwriters, period -- has long been my favorite artist. (And my Dad's, by the way.)

In honor of Bob, here's my favorite of his songs -- "Boots of Spanish Leather" -- and, below that, a terrific cover of that tune by The Lumineers.

Republicans’ Josh Duggar problem

Until Thursday, Josh Duggar was a popular man in the Republican party.

From former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, nearly every 2016 presidential candidate courting the social conservative vote has been happy to pose for a photo with the high-profile member of the Duggar family from TLC's reality-TV series "19 Kids and Counting."

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Where Washington’s Jewish elite worship

Where Washington’s Jewish elite worship

President Ulysses S. Grant laid its cornerstone back in 1876. And it's been nothing but spotlight from there for Washington's most prestigious synagogue.

President Obama made history Friday by speaking at Adas Israel, one of the oldest congregations in the city.

“The people of Israel must always know America has its back," he said.

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Rick Santorum’s got a point: Nothing helps poll numbers like winning

Rick Santorum’s got a point: Nothing helps poll numbers like winning

When Fox News announced on Wednesday that it would limit participation in the first debate of the Republican calendar to the top 10 candidates in national polling, it was instantaneously obvious that there would be friction.

And sure enough, within 24 hours Rick Santorum (who would not make the top-ten cut, if it were today) offered a complaint. But a good one.

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Quiz: Which Bush said it?

Since George H.W. Bush became a congressman in 1967, we've had no shortages of Bushes in national politics, and they've all said things about Iraq, taxes, social issues, and each other. Can you tell one Bush quote from another?

The four levels of access to Hillary Clinton

The four levels of access to Hillary Clinton

A snippet of a piece in Politico's story about Hillary Rodham Clinton's fundraising efforts stuck out to us. How much the candidate has raised isn't yet clear, but the site's Gabriel Debenedetti and Annie Karni suggest that the amount of time the fundraising requires is already exhausting. Clinton enjoys the work, the pair report, and, in fact, she has "occasionally stayed longer than planned" at events.

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The long-term rise of the urban American west

The long-term rise of the urban American west

The largest city in the United States has always been New York, from the first census to the Census Bureau's update this week. By a wide margin.

The focal point of the Bureau's announcement, though, was that there are now 10 U.S. cities with a population of over 1 million, San Jose, Calif. having joined the group. There's a more interesting trend at play here. Since 1930 the most million-plus cities east of the Mississippi was four. There are now seven cities west of the Mississippi with that population.

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The working poor. They do exist, really.

The working poor. They do exist, really.

In both Maine and Missouri, lawmakers have proposed bills this year that could limit what food aid recipients can buy with their SNAP benefits, federal aid often informally described as food stamps.

Wisconsin bill winding its way through the legislative process aims to create an "authorized foods" list. And in Maryland, state Del. Patrick McDonough (R-Baltimore County) floated the idea that the parents of teens who protested (or rioted) in Baltimore should lose any welfare benefits they receive for a month. McDonough described this policy notion as "an idea that could be legislation," and, interestingly, an "opportunity."

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The Clintons made $700,000 from speeches the day after Hillary’s ‘dead broke’ comments

On January 6, 2014, Hillary Clinton gave a speech on behalf of GE at an event in Boca Raton, Fla. For her time, she received $220,500 -- meaning that, six days into the year, the Clintons' household income was already four times the median American household income for 2014.

As is now well known, that was not the last speech a Clinton gave last year. The Post has tracked those appearances and the fees they generated. We took that data and plotted it by calendar day.

Most of the events were in the first half of the year. On June 9, at the outset of her tour for her book "Hard Choices," Clinton's now-famous comment about being "dead broke" on leaving the White House aired during an ABC News interview. By that point, the two had already made over $11 million in speaking fees for the year. The day after the comment became public, the couple gave three speeches, grossing $700,000 in fees.

Why these women protested police brutality, topless

The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and Freddie Gray -- all killed within a nine-month span -- have brought to the fore the outsized rate at which American law enforcement officers exercise excessive and deadly force against black men. But a bicoastal group of loosely organized activists and academics is also highlighting the frequency with which black women are inappropriately targeted, arrested, sexually assaulted and killed during interactions with police -- something that has not been a feature of the growing national conversation about policing.

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