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Matt Kane is a blogger who recently left his job as a paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to attend the Columbia Publishing Course to pursue a career in writing and editing. Matt began writing a blog in January 2007 while a junior at Columbia University and recently combined his efforts with a childhood friend to form his current blog The Second Age, which has been featured on CNN, AOL News, and the Boston Globe's website Boston.com. Originally hailing from the Boston area, Matt now lives in New York City where he engorges all things politics.

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Crowley Forces Obama's Hand, Obama Forces Crowley Out

Posted March 14, 2011 | 19:00:58 (EST)

No longer can President Obama keep the plight of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is currently in isolation at Quantico Brig in Virginia, on the backburner. For that, fans of humane prisoner treatment can thank former State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley, who called the treatment of Manning "ridiculous, counterproductive...

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The Implications of the Inhumane Treatment of Bradley Manning

Posted March 8, 2011 | 12:33:18 (EST)

Barack Obama's transition website -- created when he was president-elect following the 2008 elections -- says:

Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism,...
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Entrapment as Journalism

Posted February 28, 2011 | 17:54:47 (EST)

In September 2009 conservative activists Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe released a video of ACORN employees allegedly giving the pair advice on how to run a prostitution ring and avoid taxes, among other activities. This led to a massive backlash against ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now,...

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Amidst Success, Obama's Glaring Failure

Posted February 14, 2011 | 13:34:34 (EST)

As President Obama's approval numbers begin to climb, there is one glaring failure that has taken a back seat to the Giffords shooting and the symbolic vote to repeal "Obamacare" by the House. This failure is one that I have spoken about in the past, ruffling the feathers...

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What Does Richard Holbrooke's Death Mean for Afghanistan?

Posted December 15, 2010 | 11:58:10 (EST)

Monday's death of Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, has caught many in the foreign policy world by surprise and has left them ruminating about where Afghan strategy goes from here. Holbrooke was a dedicated and effective diplomat, most well-known for brokering the Dayton Peace accords in 1995,...

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Republicans to 9/11 Responders: Drop Dead

Posted December 10, 2010 | 15:30:53 (EST)

In July Republicans tried to block House passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010. They voted the bill down-with 155 of 159 nays being Republicans. The bill was later passed in a different form to the Senate, where it was defeated...

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The Erosion of Privacy in 21st Century America

Posted November 30, 2010 | 13:47:18 (EST)

The recent WikiLeaks cable dissemination has garnered strong reactions from government officials. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the leaks "an attack on the international community." Rep. Peter King of Long Island called for the organization to be labeled terrorists. Former U.S. Senator Rick

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Republicans Yet Again Out-Unify the Democrats

Posted November 17, 2010 | 16:56:49 (EST)

The recent internal elections by Democrats and Republicans for their respective House leaders highlighted a crucial difference between the two parties. While Democrats have some internal disagreements, the Republicans are all on the same page no matter how far back the chapter is from where we need to be as...

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Sarah Palin: The Person You Love to Hate

Posted November 9, 2010 | 15:56:53 (EST)

In 1990 former N.W.A. rapper Ice Cube came out with a song called "The [Person] You Love to Hate." Through gratuitous use of profanity and racial slurs, Ice Cube tells the listener that he feels marginalized and that society wants to "sweep a [person] like me up under the rug."...

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Where Are the Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservatives?

Posted November 3, 2010 | 22:50:04 (EST)

I was discussing the prospects for the Tea Party in the 112th Congress with a friend and former co-worker of mine when we began discussing fiscal conservatism. We were both outraged at bloated pensions and archaic sick day payouts for public union workers that are funded by the taxpayer and...

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Obama Sums Up Last Two Years on The Daily Show: "Yes We Can, but..."

Posted November 2, 2010 | 15:41:23 (EST)

Anyone who watched last week's Daily Show with Jon Stewart may have been taken aback by a statement Obama made a little more than halfway through the interview, when he said, "Yes we can, but...". Stewart made it a point to pause at this moment and allow the...

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Why Cuomo Does Not Need to Debate Paladino

Posted October 22, 2010 | 20:54:39 (EST)

Republican New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is currently calling for a one-on-one debate with Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo, saying, "I've accepted the WABC debate, and so should Andrew Cuomo." For his part, Cuomo has told reporters, "I'm not inclined to do any more debates, no."...

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Iraqnophobia: The Political Tornado of American and Iranian Influence in Iraq's Parliament

Posted October 7, 2010 | 14:35:46 (EST)

On August 31, 2010 President Barack Obama made his speech about the end of combat operations in Iraq. In it he stated, "Iraq has the opportunity to embrace a new destiny, even though many challenges remain." One of those challenges was the utter lack of an Iraqi government following the...

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My Problem With Christine O'Donnell

Posted October 5, 2010 | 17:16:57 (EST)

The Republican Party nominee for Senator of Delaware, Christine O'Donnell, has created quite a stir with her first political advertisement. The advertisement is perfect for O'Donnell because it sums up her entire candidacy: it's a joke.

The whole "dabbling into witchcraft" brouhaha occurred more than two...

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The Enemy from Within: Why We Cannot Focus Solely on Islamic Terrorism

Posted October 2, 2010 | 12:53:20 (EST)

Imagine a group of individuals armed to the teeth and trained in militant camps who believe that the American government is a symbol of greed. They are willing to lay down their lives to kill members of this government and anyone else who gets in their way. In the minds...

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The Obama Administration's Desire to Keep Citizens in the Dark is Inexcusable

Posted September 30, 2010 | 11:09:23 (EST)

This week is Banned Books Week and the government, of all organizations, has added a book of its own by buying the entire first print run of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's memoir Operation Dark Heart. The book is about Shaffer's experiences in Afghanistan in...

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Why the Tea Party Energizes Both Parties' Bases

Posted September 23, 2010 | 12:11:42 (EST)

There has been a lot of talk lately about a Tea Party "surge." Namely, the primary wins of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and Carl Paladino in New York. The wins have sparked, justifiably, a lot of talk about the Tea Party's relevance in the GOP and...

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When American Exceptionalism Should Be Absolute

Posted September 21, 2010 | 15:29:06 (EST)

American exceptionalism is something that I was taught -- whether directly or indirectly -- growing up. Despite our great country's young age, I was told that it was better in nearly every way than other countries on Earth. All grown up now I have come to the sad realization that...

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Why Michael Steele Is Just What Democrats Need

Posted September 17, 2010 | 16:00:35 (EST)

In the game of politics there are, for the most part, three portions of the electorate: there are those who will always vote Republican, those who will always vote Democrat, and those in the middle. Every election cycle the politician's job is to ensure that those who always vote for...

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Why We Need to Ignore Anti-Islamic Hysteria

Posted September 14, 2010 | 16:20:18 (EST)

For the past few weeks, I have been among those fascinated by the growing Islamophobia surrounding the Cordoba House (a.k.a. the Ground Zero Mosque). I have been disheartened by the hate being spewed by those who want the Cordoba House to be moved elsewhere. We can't escape the constant barrage...

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