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Rove May Be Evil, but He’s No Genius

Why oh why do people persist in granting the former Bush strategist ‘genius’ status? And where’s the evidence that this ‘Hillary has brain damage’ gambit is working? It won’t.

The ‘Housewives’ Land in London

Bravo refuses to say so, but for the first time it is taking its hard-drinking and bitching franchise across the Atlantic. And yes, in London as in Beverly Hills, it's the usual cavalcade of tears, champagne, and bitching—with added polo matches.

Who's really driving the Hillary train?

Perhaps you've noticed that Democrats in Washington get a little touchy these days where Hillary Clinton is concerned. A few weeks ago, I had the temerity to suggest that Clinton wouldn't be able to run unopposed for the Democratic nomination. This prompted an immediate response in the Daily Beast from Bob Shrum, the venerable party strategist, who argued that of course Clinton would easily clear the Democratic field and waltz to the nomination, because her situation so closely resembles that of Ulysses Grant in 1868. I'm not making this up.

Diagnosing Louie’s Troubled Kid

F/X’s ‘Louie’ explored the plight of Jane, Louie’s 10-year-old daughter who wanders off a subway because she believes she’s still dreaming. Dr. Russell Saunders on the phenomenon.

Shinseki welcomes White House review of VA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki says he welcomes a White House review of his beleaguered department if it can help ensure veterans have access to timely, quality health care.

Business execs skeptical of Christie's chances

LAS VEGAS (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dismissing his administration's traffic scandal as "a footnote" in his political future. Some in the GOP's elite business class may be close to dismissing him as a serious contender for the party nomination in 2016.

School integration slipping 60 years after Brown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Progress toward integrating America's schools since the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision 60 years ago is being chipped away, a new report finds — and it's no longer just a black-and-white issue.

US plans nearly $1 billion arms deal with Iraq

The United States plans to sell nearly $1 billion worth of warplanes, armored vehicles and surveillance aerostats to Iraq. The deal includes 24 AT-6C Texan II light-attack aircraft, a turboprop plane manufactured by Beechcraft that has .50 caliber machine guns, advanced avionics and can carry precision-guided bombs, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency informed Congress on Tuesday of the planned sale, which will go ahead unless lawmakers block the deal. \"The proposed sale of these aircraft, equipment and support will enhance the ability of the Iraqi forces to sustain themselves in their efforts to bring stability to Iraq and to prevent overflow of unrest into neighboring countries,\" the agency said in a notice.

Brown v. Board of Education decision excerpts

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation of public schools violated the equal protection guarantees of the 14th Amendment.

Obama assigns deputy chief of staff to Veterans Affairs review

President Barack Obama is dispatching his deputy chief of staff, Rob Nabors, to help oversee a review of the Department of Veterans Affairs as anger grows over evidence that veterans died while waiting for care. Obama, through his spokesman, has voiced his confidence in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki repeatedly, but the retired four star general has faced calls for his resignation following reports that up to 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments or specialist care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. \"While we get to the bottom of what happened in Phoenix, it's clear the VA needs to do more to ensure quality care for our veterans,\" Obama said Wednesday in a statement. \"I'm grateful that Rob, one of my most trusted advisers, has agreed to work with Secretary Shinseki to help the team at this important moment.\" The move demonstrated White House concern that the issue is taking on growing political weight.

Missouri lawmakers pass 3-day abortion wait period

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature gave final approval Wednesday to legislation requiring a woman to wait three days after first seeing a doctor before having an abortion. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has not said whether he will sign or veto it.

Yes, Treat Chelsea Manning on Our Dime

Hey, Fox News: Gender dysphoria’s real, and an appeals court has ruled the standard treatment is more cost effective than other options for transgender people like the WikiLeaks leaker.

Grey Lady Boots Its Top Lady

On Wednesday, Jill Abramson was suddenly ousted from the editorship of The New York Times. Rumors swirl that pay equity or her management style are to blame. As yet, she’s not saying.

Obama to NYC supporters: 'Move to North Dakota'

President Barack Obama has a modest, tongue-in-cheek suggestion for people in New York City who support his agenda: move to North Dakota. The idea drew laughs in what was otherwise a somber speech at a $32,400-per-ticket fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the posh Upper East Side apartment of investment banker Blair Effron, co-founder of Centerview Partners. In the second of two fundraisers on Wednesday, Obama bemoaned how Democrats face some \"structural disadvantages\" in elections - winning with large margins in places like Brooklyn but losing to Republicans in red states. Obama described buying cheesecake at Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn in October while campaigning with Bill de Blasio two days before the mayoral election.

APNewsBreak: Obama aide to oversee VA review

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is dispatching one of his closest White House advisers to oversee a review of the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department as the agency grapples with allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at a Phoenix veterans hospital.

Clinton: No deal better than 'bad deal' with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she was "personally skeptical" that Iran would agree to a comprehensive deal to remove its nuclear weapon capabilities but said the Obama administration faced a promising opportunity that required it to "give diplomacy space to work."