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Ryan’s stale ideas

Ryan’s stale ideas

His latest anti-poverty proposal again falls short.

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Today’s politics reflects society’s sense of drift

Today’s politics reflects society’s sense of drift

The public knows it’s not getting what it wants from its politicians. But it has little idea about what it does want.

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If voter turnout is key, why is it so low?

If voter turnout is key, why is it so low?

Studies suggest that practical steps to reverse the trend miss the main problem: lack of motivation.

Obama gives a lot of speeches, but not from the Oval Office

Obama gives a lot of speeches, but not from the Oval Office

President Obama prefers campaign-style speeches to the gravitas of an Oval Office address.

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Another doctor in the Senate?

Another doctor in the Senate?

In Oregon, Monica Wehby has a chance to unseat the Democratic incumbent.

Guess who doesn’t think 18-year olds should be able to drink. Young adults.

Guess who doesn’t think 18-year olds should be able to drink. Young adults.

Americans are getting more liberal on marijuana, but not on booze.

The top 12 governor’s races of 2014

The top 12 governor’s races of 2014

Democrats could very well lose the Senate but gain governor’s seats.

House panel rejects White House claim of immunity from subpoena

House panel rejects White House claim of immunity from subpoena

The move could set up a potential contempt battle between the White House and the House oversight committee.

Survey: Does your federal job now require security clearance?

The Washington Post is seeking input from federal workers and contractors whose jobs now require security clearance.

2014: The election about nothing?

2014: The election about nothing?

A new poll shows Americans don’t think any issue is particularly important right now.

Will the White House accept this Issa deposition offer?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) offered the top White House political adviser an opportunity to avoid testifying before his committee.

Four Pinocchios for senator’s plagiarism defense

Four Pinocchios for senator’s plagiarism defense

Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) has been exposed as a plagiarist. But his campaign claims it was a simple “mistake.“

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Losing moral high ground

Losing moral high ground

Israel must uphold its responsibilities.

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The vacant presidency

The vacant presidency

Obama seems to believe in his strategy of passivity.

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Readers speak out about IRS, VA and senior executives

Readers react to previous Federal Diary columns, speaking their minds on IRS,VA and senior executives.

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In the Loop: Saxby Chambliss is retiring in style

In the Loop: Saxby Chambliss is retiring in style

The senator may be a lame duck, but he can still fly to Europe.

Rep. Ryan talks about repairing the safety net

Rep. Ryan talks about repairing the safety net

His new anti-poverty plan reveals changes in tone and rhetoric.

Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal

Sen. John Walsh, and how not to respond to a political scandal

His campaign still says this was an “unintentional mistake.” That’s really hard to believe.

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Will Flight 17 sober us up?

Will Flight 17 sober us up?

Obama’s foes make every foreign policy issue about him.

The VA’s 2-page justification for a $17 billion funding request

The VA’s 2-page justification for a $17 billion funding request

Republicans have expressed reservations about providing the money without a better explanation for how the funds would be used.

Who knew Afghans don’t like soybeans?

Who knew Afghans don’t like soybeans?

The inspector general hits the Agriculture Department over a $34.4 million program to grow and process soybeans in Afghanistan

No, this isn’t the most transparent Administration ever. And the next one will be even worse.

No, this isn’t the most transparent Administration ever. And the next one will be even worse.

Access to the president continues to constrict. This is a very bad thing.

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The Supreme Court may not rescue Obamacare this time

The Supreme Court may not rescue Obamacare this time

Why this case is different.

Republicans and Democrats agree: Their own member of Congress isn’t part of the problem

Republicans and Democrats agree: Their own member of Congress isn’t part of the problem

Americans say they hate Congress. They won’t change it, though.

Here’s why President Obama’s dismal approval ratings matter this November

Here’s why President Obama’s dismal approval ratings matter this November

More than half of people who plan to vote Republican say it is a vote against the president.

Bill would ease disciplining, firing federal senior execs

Bill would ease disciplining, firing federal senior execs

House panel considers easing suspension, firing of federal employees in the Senior Executive Service.

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

Here’s what the IRS told a federal court about Lois Lerner’s hard drive

IRS officials filed court statements about the agency’s efforts to recover Lerner’s files. Find out what they said.

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire daily?

Do 10,000 baby boomers retire daily?

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says 10,000 baby boomers retire every day. It turns out his math is accurate.

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A flawed solution to gridlock

A flawed solution to gridlock

Sen. Charles Schumer’s suggestion to go to a “jungle primary” system won’t do what he hopes.