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As American as apple pie

April 20th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

April really is the cruelest month.

April 19, 1995 — the Oklahoma City bombing. 168 killed.

April 19, 1993 — the Waco siege ends with a catastrophic fire. 76 dead.

April 20, 1999 — the Columbine school shootings. 13 dead.

April 16, 2007 — the Virginia Tech shootings. 32 people murdered.

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The Tea Partiers: Hating Big Brother

April 7th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted in National Journal.

What’s driving the ferocious backlash against health care reform?

Some see racism and bigotry. Anti-immigration sentiment is certainly a component of the backlash. The outburst by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., (“You lie!”) during President Obama’s health care speech in September to a joint session of Congress was triggered by the president’s statement that the legislation would not provide free coverage to illegal immigrants.

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