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President Obama has done next to nothing to build confidence in government.
On the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Global Initiative, Bill Clinton assesses the state of the world, and of his post-presidency.
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"Bush's brain" offers some casual remarks that reveal just how much this campaign is implicitly about race.