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Race relations: Have they improved under Obama?

The first black president in American history has been in the White House for nearly six years. With the racial bonfire known as Ferguson back in the headlines, it is an important moment to take stock and look at race relations in America – or to at least pose one narrower question: Have attitudes toward race and race relations changed in clear and demonstrable ways in the Obama years?

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Dems need new dogs, even if they use old tricks?

In two out of the last three congressional elections, the Democrats have gotten badly bitten. There will be fewer Democrats in the House next year than at any point since the unhappy reign of Herbert Hoover. But the party is sticking with its old dogs. And the party is looking, well, old, except for the president.

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Podcast: Retiring lawmaker advises ‘be rational'

Some politicians slide into Congress after a boring, predictable, easy win as the predestined candidate. Others practically stumble — like Congressman Bill Owens, who was the last man standing in the dust of a political nuclear war back in 2009.

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