Machiavellians in Washington may have reignited the Huntsman-Romney feud

 Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate,  and his distant cousin Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China, have been going at each other for nearly two decades. Nixing Romney for Secretary of State and appointing Huntsman ambassador to Russia, a likely heir to Foggy Bottom should the already embattled Rex Tillerson depart, are subtle if highly inflammable maneuvers that would make Nicolo Machiavelli smile.

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A once and future Democrat?

He had been raised a Republican, but in the summer of 1968 a young journalist registered as a Democrat and soon found himself deeply immersed in a last-ditch attempt to thwart strong-armed efforts of party insiders to derail the candidacy of the popular anti-establishment candidate, Senator Eugene McCarthy. Although the effort failed, it yielded revealing evidence that the party was beginning to lose touch with America's heartland. Unintentionally, the picture above from Playboy and others like it, were worth a thousand words of evidence. 

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The authoritarian president stumbles bigly

A drama-a-minute week leaves an unsettled nation wondering what comes next and worrying that its commander-in-chief may not be up to the challenges that lie ahead.  Does the nation's CEO take delight in offending nearly everyone he encounters, except Russia's Vladimir Putin? And what about his anarchist sidekick Steve Bannon, whose avowed goal is to upend the entire American political system?  Are the courts ready to bring them firmly to heel?

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