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Ramesh Ponnuru: How to bolster Social Security with no new taxes:

Social Security is structured so that average benefits grow from one class of retirees to the next. We could bring the program a long way toward solvency without cutting benefits from their current levels. Merely moderating the growth of benefits, so that tomorrow's retirees do not get as large an increase over today's retirees as the current system offers, would produce large savings.

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Hal Brands: Congress again throws in towel on Trump's war powers

Something odd is happening in the relationship between Congress and the executive branch regarding the use of military force. For decades, or even longer, countless senators and representatives have complained that presidents are not properly respectful of their constitutional prerogatives in making decisions on employing U.S. military power. And today, most Democrats and a number of Republicans seem to agree that President Donald Trump is an impulsive, erratic, even dangerous commander-in-chief.

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Commentary: Don't call us 'Cali'

Late last month, Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a "deputy first dog" named Cali Brown. A brief video clip – posted on the Twitter feed of actual first dog Colusa Brown – showed the 2-month-old puppy running through the governor's office; the tweet drew more than 750 likes.

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Barbara Bush’s kindness

In 1989, when I was 10 years old, I won a national essay contest which included a trip to Washington, D.C. and an invitation to a private reception at the White House hosted by First Lady Barbara Bush.

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Jonathan Bernstein: What Republicans could learn from Will Hurd

One of the things that happens when parties lose elections is that they construct stories about why they lost, and react accordingly. In 2006, Republicans wound up with three stories. They blamed President George W. Bush. They blamed themselves for being insufficiently conservative. And they blamed the Mark Foley scandal. Rightly or wrongly, they acted on those beliefs. The Tea Party revolt after 2008 was in some ways the result of the "not conservative enough" self-critique.

Rep. Frederica Wilson on the situation with President Trump over call to soldier's family

The Miami Gardens Representative addressed the issue while attending at a hearing she organized to get expert opinions on what needs to change to protect frail and dependent people in the future. Mental health, emergency operations, fire rescue an
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