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Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell — why are you enabling Donald Trump?

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An open letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Gentlemen: It was wisdom rather than whim that guided the founders of our nation in separating the powers of government with a system of checks and balances. As James Madison remarked in The Federalist 47, “the accumulation of all powers … in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” Their faith in the…

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Obama’s electoral legacy: After 8 years, we get a Donald Trump

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(Part 2 of the Obama legacy) With the inauguration of Donald Trump, it is a good time to review the electoral impact of eight years of the Obama White House. One of the impacts is the election of Trump which surprised the entire political universe. Whatever Obama may have achieved in public policy, it is that policy which is in great part responsible for setting “the post-World War II record for losses by the White House party,” according to Larry…

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Ronald Reagan a certain star at GOP debate, whoever else does well

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Jeb Bush calls his tax-cut plan “Reagan-inspired.” Scott Walker says “the greatest foreign policy president … was a governor from California.” Ted Cruz pitches himself as the leader for a new “Reagan revolution.” Donald Trump makes time for Ronald Reagan, too, alluding to the 40th president’s support of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal as a defense for his own conservative makeover after years of taking liberal positions. Even if Wednesday night’s Republican debate weren’t taking place at the Reagan…

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Today on Context Florida: innovative charter schools, Donald Trump and Social Security’s birthday

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Today on Context Florida: Jac Wilder VerSteeg writes that charter schools claim to innovate because they are freed from some of the stupid bureaucratic rules that plague traditional public schools. A couple of charter schools in Broward County are taking advantage of a “rule break” in a way the VerSteeg calls truly “innovative.” They don’t have to pay their bills. According to the professional prognosticators: Donald Trump is a carnival barker riding the presidential primary process for an eventual deal that…

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