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Just Shake Your Head

I always try to remind myself not to criticize with stories like the one I'm about to describe, or perhaps better to say, not to forget the core reason for providing a comprehensive national plan to provide health insurance for everyone who needs it. But this story really puts that sentiment to the test, as well as exposing the perverse politics and perceptions on this issue in Republican-run states.

Luis Lang needs an expensive eye operation to save his eyesight. But he can't afford it, can't get covered for the procedure and he blames President Obama and his over-complicated ACA legislation.

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Jeb Stumbles on the Bush Family Kryponite

I wanted to flag a point about Jeb Bush's response about the Iraq War. I don't think it's so much a gaffe as a tell that this is something like Kryptonite for Bush's campaign.

If you watch Bush's exchange it's clear he's trying desperately to nudge the question back from 'what we know now' to 'what we knew then'. As well he should. My take on this is actually a little different from David's. I think 'based on what we knew then' is a relatively easy one for Bush or other Republican candidates to answer because you have the 'out' of flawed WMD intelligence and the reality - for better or worse - that a majority of Americans remember being in that situation twelve years ago and agreeing with the final decision to invade Iraq. It's hard to criticize someone saying they would have done something at the time that you did do at the time or at least supported.

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Doubling Down

The Jade Helm conspiracy theory only took off when Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he was concerned about a takeover too and ordered the State Guard to monitor military activities to be on the look out for signs of a takeover. And now he's doubling down. It's Obama's fault, he says, that everybody is so convinced the military is plotting to takeover Texas.

Hrm

Megyn Kelly: "Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the [Iraq] invasion?"

Jeb Bush: "I would have."

I would have totally expected Jeb to back W. on Iraq if the question were framed as "Knowing what we knew then ..." But knowing what we know now? That gives him all kinds of outs. But Jeb didn't take them.

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The End of the Open Road: The Inside Story of How and Why Hitchhiking Died

When I was a little kid in the mid-70s hitchhiking was part of the normal landscape of driving, neither odd nor unexpected or worrisome. By the time I was a young adolescent in the early-mid-80s, hitchhiking was something for people who were either desperate or reckless or looking for someone to kill. And I should be clear that I certainly wouldn't let and would do everything I could to prevent my own sons from doing it when they get older. In the third part of our four part series on the end of the open road we look at how and why hitchhiking died.

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