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  In perspective: Jon Meacham on ‘Superlativism’

As the midterm elections near, Jon Meacham cautions us against the belief that everything that happens in our time is the “most” this or the “worst” that, as some pundits would have us believe.

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Obama forcefully defends plan to build mosque near Ground Zero

President Obama issued a forceful defense of plans to a build a mosque and Muslim community center near ground zero on Friday, stepping directly into one of the thorniest political conflicts of the year.

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Why the Republicans are grilling Kagan: the midterm elections

If GOP leaders have promised not to filibuster Elena Kagan’s nomination, why are they grilling her so thoroughly in her confirmation hearings this week? The answer is simple: the midterms.

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As Tea Party wins in Nevada, its candidates in the Northeast fade

The Tea Party has won victories in Nevada and Kentucky. But on Tuesday, Tea Party candidates were rebuffed in the battleground suburbs of the Northeast, where the battle for House may be won or lost.

House votes with Senate panel to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted on Thursday to allow the Pentagon to repeal its controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

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