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Despite claims, most kids don't skip court date

As child migrants from Central America filter into the immigration court system, some lawmakers have raised an alarm that as many as 90 percent could skip out on their court dates and disappear into the United States without a backward look. However, recently released figures paint a much different picture.

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Washington might be the capital of unhappiness

Americans have a special obsession with happiness - it is written into our founding document. But the uniquely American pursuit of happiness is very different than the pursuit of the good life. And it is hard to square anything having to do with Washington with the good life. 

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Tea party candidate targets Lamar Alexander

Sen. Lamar Alexander’s lengthy political resume is paradoxically his strongest selling point and perhaps his biggest liability as he tries to persuade voters to send him back to Washington for another six years.

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