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Topic - E.J. Dionne Jr.
As many journalists focused on the technical problems of HealthCare.gov, the website for signing up for the Affordable Care Act, few looked at a much more serious problem — the actual cost of Obamacare for individuals and families.
This has been a tough week in Tampa for the stars of the mainstream media, so called. The Republicans aren't acting like the bigots, zealots and wild-eyed extremists the boys and girls on the campaign bus want them to be.
"The quality of mercy is not strain'd," or so the Bard imagined. "It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven." Sometimes. Maybe. But Mr. Shakespeare never lived and worked in Washington, where many things droppeth but few are gentle.
Evangelical Protestants don't have a monopoly on the religious right. Conservative Catholics belong there, too, said Deal W. Hudson, author of a new book on the political power of evangelicals and Catholics.
For example, E.J. Dionne Jr., a columnist at The Washington Post, wrote about the exchanges handled by states and the District of Columbia rather than the federal government.
He writes that Mr. Matthews' assertion that Republicans are racist — not because of what they say but what they could mean by not saying anything — is fair comment.