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The CBO's health-care report, the rise of Geert Wilders, why facts don't change minds, and more.
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The Dutch Elections: On Wednesday, Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands, will lead his center-right party into a narrow contest against far-right populist Geert Wilders for control of the government. Wilders, whose platform centers on effectively banning Islam in the Netherlands, seems like a surprising choice in a country that’s historically known for tolerance—but the story behind Wilders’s rise illustrates where those principles can break down. On a similar note: Back in the U.S., Congressman Steve King sent a racist tweet this weekend in support of Wilders. King has made similarly offensive comments in the past, but in the populist climate that fueled Trump’s rise, his extreme views are now harder to write off.

The Bill for the Bill: The Congressional Budget Office today released its

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