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The Party of Righteous Indignation

Congressional Democratic leaders are far less tolerant of corruption in their own ranks than their opponents, whose tacit acceptance of all brands of turpitude is boggling.

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AP / Jason Reed

Spare Us the Propaganda on Afghanistan

The White House account of President Barack Obama’s meeting with his Afghanistan team was insultingly vague for anyone wanting to know when—or if—the Afghanistan war will end.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



Pete Simon (CC-BY)

Tweeting Our Way to Oblivion

Do we really need to encourage politicians to limit their thoughts to 140 characters or make them think we want the same details about their lives that we expect from pop stars and marquee athletes?

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Reflections on Israel: From Idealism to Ethnic Cleansing

When I was a youngster learning Jewish history in Jerusalem’s schools, the story was clear and even simple. “A land without people for a people without land.” Well, there are several striking problems with this aphorism.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

Politicians Are Different From You and Me

Under our system, politicians are not chosen by "the people" or the "bosses" or the media. They are self-selected.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE


Weiner’s No Longfellow

“The troubled sky reveals | The grief it feels.” Those two lines were written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem “Snow-Flakes,” published in a volume in 1863 alongside his epic and better-known “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alex Brandon

The Bernanke Scandal: Full-Frontal Cluelessness

How I wish that Ben Bernanke would get caught emailing photos of his underwear-clad groin. Otherwise we don’t stand a chance of reversing this administration’s economic policy, which is shaping up to be every bit as disastrous as that of its predecessor. 

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE


On His Way Out, Gates Talks About ‘Access’ to Asia

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Kabul at the start of June talking about withdrawal—or non-withdrawal—from Afghanistan, but before he went home he stopped in Singapore to talk about an enlarged American military engagement in Asia.

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The Revisionist Ride of Paul Revere

Sarah Palin is a fraud with charisma—and enough political support to effectively hold the Republican Party hostage. She is ridiculous and dangerous in equal measure.

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE



Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Canary in the GOP Coal Mine

In an age of media flying circuses where you never know who is running for president and who is just trying to boost book sales and speaking fees, Mitt Romney did it the old-fashioned way.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE


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