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CNN’s Gergen Says Democrats Trying to ‘Humiliate’ GOP in Cliff Negotiations

CNN senior political analyst David Gergen said tonight that, in the fiscal cliff negotiations thus far, the Democrats are “really trying to rub it in and almost humiliate the Republicans.” He went on to say that he finds the rhetoric among some Democrats – those who are suggesting we go over the cliff and postpone negotiations until next year – “disturbing.” 

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The Democrats Made Two Joe Biden Miscalculations

I think it's safe to say that there are many, many progressive Democrats who are more than a little surprised -- and a lot chagrined -- at Joe Biden's polling dominance. Look at FiveThirtyEight's polling roundup. Aside from a few high and low outliers, he leads the race by a solid 20 points (at least). Even ... Read More
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Our Modern Satyricon

Sometime around a.d. 60, in the age of Emperor Nero, a Roman court insider named Gaius Petronius wrote a satirical Latin novel, The Satyricon, about moral corruption in Imperial Rome. The novel’s general landscape was Rome’s transition from an agrarian republic to a globalized multicultural ... Read More