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Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has—or had, anyway—the right vision of what confirmation hearings for the high court should be.

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Beyond Reasonable Suspicion

“You’ve been randomly selected for a search.” These are the words I heard as I was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon my return from a recent trip to Canada.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Verify, Baby, Verify!

“Drill, baby, drill!” Those were the words that Sarah Palin used to electrify the 2008 Republican National Convention. But while she popularized that environment-be-damned slogan, it had already defined the eight years of oil-drilling policy that prevailed during the presidency of George W. Bush. 

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Euro’s Crisis Has American Fingerprints

Self-admittedly profligate Greece did not invent the world crisis, nor did Portugal, Spain or Italy. The guilt lies with the United States.

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Singing Lena Horne’s Praises

More than just a brilliant singer and actress, Horne was a pioneering civil rights activist, breaking racial barriers for generations of African-Americans who have followed her.

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Lena Horne: A Glamorous Revolutionary

Lena Horne, who died Sunday at 92, was an infiltrator and one of the most significant American entertainers of the 20th century.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Arc of Women’s Progress

The first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School. The first woman to be solicitor general. But: the fourth woman, if Elena Kagan is confirmed, on the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Olivier Laban-Mattei

After Religion Fizzles, We’re Stuck With Nietzsche

The traditional religious institutions are in irreversible decline. They have nothing left to say. And their aging congregants, who are fleeing the church in droves, know it. But don’t think the world will be a better place for their demise.

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Greece Offers to Repay Loans with Giant Horse

Finance ministers from 16 EU nations awoke in Brussels this morning to find that a huge wooden horse had been wheeled into the city center overnight.

Posted on May 9, 2010 READ MORE


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America’s War Disease

The Afghanistan war, along with Iraq, has become a chronic illness that America has learned to ignore. News of the sick economy, natural and human-made disasters and momentary sensations flashes across cable news screens and the Internet, leaving hardly any space for the war.

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


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