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Everyone in politics should read John Danforth’s moving eulogy for Tom Schweich

Everyone in politics should read John Danforth’s moving eulogy for Tom Schweich

The funeral for Tom Schweich, Missouri's state Auditor who committed suicide last week amid a whisper campaign about his Jewish heritage, was held on Tuesday.  Former Missouri Sen. John Danforth, a political mentor of Schweich's, delivered a stirring eulogy for his protege that doubled as a condemnation of political bullying.

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Clinton defeats Axelrod! (In book sales.)

Clinton defeats Axelrod! (In book sales.)

By one key standard, David Axelrod's recently released book "Believer: My forty years in politics" was more successful than Hillary Clinton's "Hard Choices," which came out last summer. Subjectively speaking, Axelrod's book had more of the sort of small-bite revelations that pique the public's attention: President Obama misrepresented his position on gay marriage, he was mad about Mitt Romney's concession call in 2012, he got an early look at an iPhone. Clinton's book, on the other hand, was often considered ... a bit dry. The sort of thing someone might write if they wanted to play it safe before running for office.

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The behind-the-scenes story of how the ‘Downton Abbey’ Congressman got caught

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) just can't stay out of the news these days. Almost a month after The Washington Post's Ben Terris wrote about his "Downton Abbey"-inspired congressional office, Schock continues to face mounting allegations about billing taxpayers for private air travel.

I reached out to Ben to talk about the origins of his first Schock article, how surprised he has been about its staying power and what it's like to become part of a story you write. Our conversation is below. Fun fact I learned from our conversation: Ben has still never met Schock!

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Hillary Clinton’s e-mails issue casts a big shadow over tonight’s Emily’s List gala

Hillary Clinton’s e-mails issue casts a big shadow over tonight’s Emily’s List gala

For EMILY's List, an organization whose very reason for being is to elect pro-abortion rights Democratic woman to the White House, their 30th anniversary gala tonight was set to be a kind of grand coming-out party for Hillary Clinton's soon-t0-be-announced presidential campaign.  Clinton house parties are scheduled around the country, with supporters expected to tune in to her speech; one person involved with EMILY's List referred to it as "our Superbowl."

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Could the ‘House of Cards’ America Works program actually work?

Could the ‘House of Cards’ America Works program actually work?

President Frank Underwood's major policy proposal in "House of Cards" season 3 is America Works, a "universal employment" program designed to end reliance on entitlements and propel Underwood to a full term in 2016. But could the fictional jobs program work in real life?

In Underwood's America, the unemployment rate is up and his approval ratings are down. He said he wants to create 10 million jobs (there are currently 9 million unemployed people in the real Obama's America, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and described AmWorks as having the "size and scope of the New Deal." "If you want a job you get a job," Underwood said.

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For a quarter of its existence, the Department of Homeland Security has been funded by temporary measures

For a quarter of its existence, the Department of Homeland Security has been funded by temporary measures

There's a great report from the Congressional Research Service, originally published in 2008, that outlines how the budget process should work. The president releases a budget message in February; Congress adopts a budget resolution (that may or may not reflect that message) by April 15. That guides the appropriations measures that end up on the floor of Congress, ideally before October 1, the start of the new fiscal year.

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Benjamin Netanyahu vs. President Obama on the most important measure of all: Standing ovations

Benjamin Netanyahu vs. President Obama on the most important measure of all: Standing ovations

Something "big" happened in Washington, D.C., today, which means that it's incumbent upon us in the political media to reduce it, like chefs with balsamic vinegar, to something palatable, measurable and disconnected from its original substance.

So we present: How Netanyahu's congressional speeches have compared with Obama's States of the Union, in terms of standing ovations.

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Here’s what members of Congress who skipped Netanyahu’s speech did instead

Here’s what members of Congress who skipped Netanyahu’s speech did instead

More than 50 Democrats skipped Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress Tuesday. At issue was that Netanyahu had been invited by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) instead of the White House -- a breach of diplomatic protocol that many Democrats viewed as a slight to President Obama.

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Americans want a deal with Iran on its nuclear program

Americans want a deal with Iran on its nuclear program

Americans have disapproved of President Obama's handling of Iran and do not trust  the nation to be faithful to a deal aimed at curbing its nuclear program. Those views are in line with the message Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu trumpeted Tuesday during his U.S. visit -- and speech to a joint meeting of Congress--  as nuclear negotiations approach an end-of-March deadline.

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Benjamin Netanyahu gave a decidedly patriotic speech to Congress. Republicans loved every word.

Benjamin Netanyahu gave a decidedly patriotic speech to Congress. Republicans loved every word.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a very simple message for a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday: America is pretty great.

Time and time again, Netanyahu heaped praise on the United States and referred to America's indispensable role in the future of the Middle East. "Israel is grateful for the support of America's people and of America's presidents, from Harry Truman to Barack Obama," Netanyahu said to roars from the assembled elected officials. "Israel is grateful to you, the American Congress, for your support, for supporting us in so many ways, especially in generous military assistance and missile defense, including Iron Dome," he added later, again to loud applause. And, this: "Thank you, America. Thank you for everything you've done for Israel."

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