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Never mind the the Middle East, where are military involvement is winding down (although covert actions between Israel and Iran may heat everything up again). Washington is the site of the nation's biggest battlefield, emanating to statehouses across the country, schools, and churches. The culture wars ignited by Richard Nixon back in 1968 (with a lot of help from his trusty staffer Pat Buchanan) won the Republicans the South, and thanks to the current crop of right-wing extremists in office (with a lot of help from Nixon's old media guy, Roger Ailes of Fox News), We've spent a lot of time and energy over the last four weeks protecting not just a woman's right of choice, but basic healthcare needs, like contraception. And now, we finally enter the "business as usual" phase: The President's 2013 budget, which aims to reduce the deficit over time (like the Tea Party wants), but also includes spending on things the country needs (like infrastructure and jobs) -- to be paid for by raising taxes on the 1%. It's going to be a bumpy ride. With Cynematic, Julie Pippert and Donna Schwartz Mills.
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