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Double-Flipping on ‘Identity Politics’

In my nearly two decades of covering New York’s irrepressible Alfonse M. D’Amato, agreement between us was, to put it politely, rare. Yet there was one extraordinary moment when good governance and good politics collided to bring me into alliance with the former senator.

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


Lonely Planet

News organizations continue to close bureaus around the world at a time when Americans seem to know less than ever about other cultures. It’s hard to know why they hate us when we’re not entirely sure who they are.

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


Swift Boat Appointment Obscures the Real Threat

How much damage can an ambassador to Belgium do? Probably not as much as an ardent antagonist of Social Security might unleash in a top policymaking position at the agency that millions of Americans depend on.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


Closing Time for Torture Island

Like a terminally ill animal, the Guantanamo prison is soon to be put to death. It will be an ugly execution, played out against the sophomoric non sequiturs that are the unofficial soundtrack of the war on terror.

Posted on Apr 3, 2007 READ MORE


Forget Big Tobacco—Big Food Kills

If we are what we eat and we eat what is advertised, then American children are facing death by junk food.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


DeLay’s New Career: Comedian

Tom DeLay’s new self-obsessed memoir, “No Retreat, No Surrender,” turns out to be a hoot from start to finish. Take the title—this from a man who ended his disgraced career with a resignation.

Posted on Mar 22, 2007 READ MORE


From the Mind That Brought You Torture

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suddenly finds himself in hot water over the U.S. attorneys scandal, but the truth is, the Senate should never have confirmed him in the first place.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


The Forgotten War

The war in Iraq continues to divert attention from the mess in Afghanistan, where a resurgent Taliban challenges a half-hearted American effort with increasing boldness.

Posted on Mar 13, 2007 READ MORE


Ronnie’s Legacy

Many of our nation’s latest scandals, from the abject failure to rebuild New Orleans to the abuse of veterans at Walter Reed, are the logical result of a contempt for government so zealously implemented by Ronald Reagan and his political descendants.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Greed by Any Other Name

Opponents of a new law that would make it easier to form unions, including the president and some Republicans in Congress, have found a clever if shameless method of concealing their loyalty to corporate greed.

Posted on Mar 1, 2007 READ MORE


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