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Number of political ads up 70 percent this cycle

The polarization of American politics is not an accident,”  according to the dean of political reporters . It is the “direct result of political communication, the 30-second ads, whose negative tone and content heighten partisanship and drive centrist voters away from the ballot box.” The late David Broder wrote that in January of 1996.

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Is it time to end tip-based wages?

Some members of Congress continue to push legislation that would change tipping. President Barack Obama already has said something needs to be done. And now a new study by the Economic Policy Institute maintains that the sub-minimum wage that makes tipping necessary should come to an end.

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Are the top colleges producing zombies?

There's a humdinger this week from The New Republic that has sparked loud cheers and jeers, "Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League, The nation's top colleges are turning our kids into zombies" by William Deresiewicz.

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VIDEO: What's a lame duck?

Some sit in Congress, others in governors' mansions, and pundits have started to wonder if there might even be one in the White House. Lame ducks...you've heard the term bandied about on talk radio, op-eds and cable news but what does it actually mean and where does it come? 

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