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End the Vicious Cycle


Evan Bayh, RealClearPoliticsTwice in seven years members of Congress have been targets of political violence. We don’t know all the facts surrounding the attack on the Republican Conference’s baseball practice this morning. And we need to acknowledge that former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords’ would-be assassin was the victim of psychological delusions. But we can’t dismiss the impact that fraught, if not apocalyptic, political rhetoric is having on those teetering near…

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Gutting the Health Care Law in Darkness


E.J. Dionne, Washington PostSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once had passionate views about how carefully Congress should consider sweeping changes to the health-care system. “Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax without the benefit of a full and transparent debate does a disservice to the American people,” McConnell said in 2009, referring to the two big issues of the moment. Democrats…

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Pence Balances Multiple Roles for Trump, GOP


Emily Goodin, RealClearPoliticsAfter Rep. Tom MacArthur endured a long, often nasty town-hall meeting in May, he got a call from Mike Pence.The vice president “said, ‘Can you come over for a meeting?’” MacArthur told RealClearPolitics. He declined to offer details of that conversation, which took place on Capitol Hill, but he recounted how helpful Pence was during the health care debate – calling from Air Force Two during his Europe…

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