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White House / Samantha Appleton

Give the First Lady a Break

As a political matter, the mother-daughter getaway to a five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was not a good idea. But I’d just as soon not have my First Family vacations determined by focus groups.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ralph Freso

Why U.S. v. Arizona Matters

Some metrics drawn from football metaphors might help to convey more clearly the magnitude of Judge Bolton’s ruling. If a lawsuit was scored like a football game, the score might be of this magnitude: United States 48, Arizona 6.   

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama on the Color Line

Here’s a question we might consider: Does Obama want us to talk about race while he effectively sidesteps the conversation himself?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / U.S. Air Force

65 Years After Hiroshima: Truman’s Choices

Today, it is common wisdom that President Truman had only two simple, stark choices: to use the bomb or invade and suffer a “million” casualties. There was, however, an alternative.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


The Stadium-Mob Mentality

The instantly famous image of police removing a 29-year-old from Cleveland’s Progressive Field is illustrative of a nation that, for all its pro-Constitution rhetoric, increasingly ignores its founding document.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE


The Judge Who Slew Prop. 8

The 14th Amendment is a mighty sword, and U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker used it Wednesday to flay and shred all the specious arguments—and I mean all of them—that are used to deny full marriage rights to gay and lesbian Americans. Bigotry has suffered a grievous blow.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Frank Franklin II

George Steinbrenner’s Evil Empire

The Boss didn’t leave his heirs a baseball team but a financial empire that can never be rivaled, villains you can depend on and a legacy like Sherman’s to Georgia.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich Need a History Lesson

No recent controversy has so plainly revealed the hollow values of the American right than the effort to prevent the construction of a community center in Lower Manhattan because it will include a mosque. It is a senseless attack on one of America’s most sacred traditions.

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‘Dropping Babies,’ Abandoning Principles

Rather than shout, I’ll just ask the question in a civil way: Dear Republicans, do you really want to endanger your party’s greatest political legacy by turning the 14th Amendment to our Constitution into an excuse for election-year ugliness?

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


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