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The Tinkerer-in-Chief

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President Obama’s new budget proposal epitomizes the central conundrum in evaluating the man and his presidency: A man who is such a gifted politician at election time, who has said repeatedly that he believes “good policy is good politics” seems incapable of putting forth policies that are capable of galvanizing public support. A mish-mash of proposals, all with a huge price tag, and not a single compelling argument for the whole.

What's so Super about the Super Bowl?

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I am glad it is over. As football games go, the final minute and one-half of last night’s Super Bowl would be hard to beat. After being down by ten points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Patriots score a go-ahead touchdown, only to find the Seahawks on the one yard line after an improbable catch of a Hail Mary pass. The final interception, by a relatively unknown player, made for great drama. (Except for that nasty brawl: For the amount of money these guys are being paid, we can expect them to behave better than school children.)  So, no complaints about the game.

Links for 01/28/15

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The Mormons strike precisely the right balance on LGBT rights: guarantee the rights of all, the rights of gay people to avoid discrimination and the rights of religious people to practice their own religion and live according to their own values. There will always be a grey area in which the rights collide and the courts will be called in to evaluate which burden is the heavier and more worthy of relief. But, at least the Mormons are trying to change the discussion down a less contentious and ugly path.

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