Thomas Jefferson Street

December 2013


Why the Syria Chemical Weapons Deal Was 2013’s Most Important International Development

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The most significant international development of 2013 may well prove to be the agreement to disarm the Syrian government of its poison gas stocks, even though in many ways it bordered on farce.

Not unlike Wilton Parmenter's sneeze that turned retreat into victory in the 1960s TV show "F-Troop," an ...

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Syria
chemical weapons
foreign policy
national security
Russia

Boston 'Medical Child Abuse' Case Could Become the Norm Under Obamacare

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In the realm of fiction, it would take an author with the combined talents of John Grisham, Michael Crichton and Franz Kafka to come up with a story like this. Unfortunately, it's not fiction and a family is being ripped apart because of it.

According to the Boston Globe, a 15-year-old Connecticut ...

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health care
health care reform
Boston
mental health
Affordable Care Act
hospitals

Obama Should Have Fired Kathleen Sebelius for the Bungled Obamacare Rollout

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We're not in Kansas Anymore, Madam Secretary 

The firing that didn't happen in Washington this season is like the incident in the night when the dog didn't bark. You know what I'm talking about. Something significant, even notable for its absence, is President Obama's failure to fire a cabinet ...

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Obama administration
Obama, Barack
Affordable Care Act
Sebelius, Kathleen
health care
health care reform
health insurance

Make Love, Not War on Christmas

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That the season is again upon us has generated further discussion of the idea that there is a war on Christmas. If there is, it is sad that it is so.

There are people who deliberately use the phrase "happy holidays" in lieu of "merry Christmas" because they wish to avoid offending non-believers.

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holidays
religion
politics

The Murray-Ryan Budget Deal Does Nothing for the Long-Term Unemployed

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Finally kicking the notion of a so-called "grand bargain" into the dustbin where it belongs, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., have agreed to a small deal that would relieve some of the budget cuts scheduled for the next two ...

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Ryan, Paul
Murray, Patty
unemployment
state budgets
employment
deficit and national debt
federal budget
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