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Learning From History

It is something of a cliche to quote George Santayana one more time, saying, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But for folks of my age, ignorant repetition has been a constant in our lives. And, of course, it is happening again right now.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Labor Day—You Remember ‘Labor,’ Don’t You?

Labor Day is a farce. Even public employees—read Wisconsin!—are losing what security America offers. At the minimum, the first Monday in September should be called "Reagan Day."

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Obama Too Thoughtful to Be President?

The presidency is not what it seems or what we (and the president) wish it were.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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None Dare Call It Treason

The minority leader and the speaker have done their best to prevent the president from presiding, and they have done even more to prevent the Congress from legislating or fulfilling most of its other constitutional duties.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



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The Rising Tide: Will All Boats Be Lifted?

Debate and commentary about the rising tide of income inequality in the United States is remindful of Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaigns in the 1980s when he kept preaching about boats stuck on the bottom.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The Children of the Border

Last Monday, a chartered flight took 38 mothers and children, who had been held in a detention center in Artesia, N.M., to San Pedro Sula in Honduras.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Catching Up With Big Data

This is a column about "Big Data" and a new way to predict the results of presidential elections for the next 20 years.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Americans Are Self-Segregating Based on Politics

A number of new studies and analyses are indicating that Americans, who once chose neighborhoods that reflected their own ethnicity and religion, are now moving to places where they feel ideologically comfortable—a development that will make American politics even more polarized than it already is.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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What Can We Do in Iraq? Nothing!

Taking a couple of shots at President Obama over the latest round of war in Iraq, House Speaker John Boehner said last week: "This has been building for weeks." How about centuries, Mr. Speaker?

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Welcome Home, Sergeant

If today’s Republican Party had been around during the Civil War, it would have tried to stop its own president, a fellow named Lincoln, from appointing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commander of the Union Army because he drank on duty.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE


Preserve Us From Old Fools on Horseback

Cliven Bundy is a tax cheat, but his supporters seem to think he’s Davy Crockett.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Why We Need Local Reporting

Last Thursday was an interesting news day in Los Angeles—and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Voting Laws: The Last Stand of the Old and the White

When the Constitution of the first modern democracy, the United States of America, was written, only about 10 percent of the population of the 13 states was granted the right to vote: white men who owned property.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Spc. Steven Hitchcock

War as a Spectator Sport

The dirtiest trick Richard Nixon pulled on the nation was ending the draft and a civilian army to tamp down protests by young people during the Vietnam War. He disengaged politicians and the rest of us from our young countrymen in uniform, leaving other presidents and super patriots to charge or creep into unwinnable wars.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Deep in the Dark Heart of Texas

Greg Abbott, a former judge and three-term attorney general of the great state of Texas, is expected to be the state’s next governor. His official biography puts him on the side of God, the American way and children of all ages.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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One Nation, Indivisible

Immigration is something like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but not many people really want to do anything about it.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Henry Waxman: A Little Giant Retires

It is the end of an era here—and the race to grab his seat in the rich district that runs south from Malibu through Beverly Hills and other nice places, will be a free-for-all in American ambition.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Are We a Nation of Cheaters and Liars?

I was surprised to see two long stories in last Thursday’s New York Times about the same subject: cheating.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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The Boss Disses the Governor

I grew up in Jersey—Jersey City. I don’t remember being west of the Delaware River until I was in college. I thought the United States was an Italian country governed by the Irish.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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The Tea Party: Remember George Wallace

It is refreshing for me to find myself in agreement with "mainstream" Republicans, beginning with House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan. I think.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Happy New Year, Mr. President

It’s been a rough year for the president, but history will put things in better perspective.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Drone Next Door

Drones are wonderful, said almost all the Americans I have talked to in recent weeks.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The Legend Will Never Die

Professors and pundits are downgrading President Kennedy’s legacy these days, seeing him as an ordinary, even ineffective leader. The people, three-quarters of them, according to polling done this month by the Gallup organization, rate him as the greatest of modern presidents.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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The Kennedy Myth? The Kennedy Legacy?

This month alone, at least 140 books about our 35th president have been or will be released.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Change Has Always Been the New Normal

I live and work in a world in which, as they say: "Change is the new normal." I’m sure you do, too.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE


What the President Knew and When He Knew It

The president knew. Presidents always know, but are supposed to be protected from what they saw, heard and did when the best-laid plans hit the fan.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Maybe the Tea Party Won

With a minimum of sabotage, millions and millions of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, share the tea party’s hatred of Washington.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE


Health Care: Deja Vu All Over Again

Just as the Republicans in Congress are desperate to destroy the Affordable Care Act, their predecessors tried to kill Medicare in the 1960s and Social Security in the 1930s.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 READ MORE


Next GOP Move: Impeach Obama!

If the Republicans in Congress are unable to prevent the United States from paying its bills later in this month of shutdowns and deficit limits, I assume their next move will be an attempt to impeach President Obama.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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The Republicans: Insane or Just Crazy?

"Washington," said the late Art Hoppe, a San Francisco Chronicle humor columnist, "is several miles square and about as tall as, say, the Washington Monument. It is surrounded on all four sides by reality."

Posted on Sep 22, 2013 READ MORE


One Man’s Brave New World

A well-regarded economist has written a new projection of a world of machine-driven alphas and lesser beings. The book is a smart and cruel projection of the world he sees coming. In fact, he thinks it is already here.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


Seven Little Words; Let’s Go to War Again

I have been appalled and outraged by the stupidity and ignorance of American leaders going into one war after another in places with strange names, faraway countries where we never had a chance to prevail.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE


The American Dilemma: Slavery to Race to Class

The power of historians and of the press is that they get to choose which events will be remembered and which fade into obscurity.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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All Men Are Created Equal; Not So Much in the USA

I was drawn into my pile of OECD documents and charts by a column last week by Eduardo Porter of The New York Times under the headline: “Inequality in America: The Data Is Sobering.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Happy Fourth of July Wherever You Come From

In the days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began arresting, without charges, Japanese immigrants in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii who were on government lists as possible threats to national security.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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A Most Political and Activist Court

The week’s judicial work leads to the question of which way the Supreme Court is looking and how the nine justices are using their enormous power, some of it unchecked even by public needs and wishes.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Is the Sky Falling?

Three heavyweight writers have concluded that America is in slow and inevitable decline.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Good, Bad, Crazy or Sane, We Need Whistle-Blowers

In the matter of Edward Snowden, I have no opinion as to whether he is a hero, a traitor or just a self-celebrating fool. I do, however, think he is necessary and his timing is good.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 READ MORE



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We Are Family

Immigrants, gays and women who choose abortion are our relatives. They are in our families. We love them—even Republican senators with gay children love them—and we don’t like seeing them pushed around by our government.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE


Bipolar Nation: The Rich Get Richer

Times are tough. Do the numbers: Chief executive officers of the country’s biggest companies experienced pay increases of a minuscule 15 percent in 2012, compared with the 28 percent their pay rose in 2011.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Dallas Edwards

Leaving Behind Our Loyal Afghans

More than 8,000 interpreters are employed by the United States military, and many thousands of other Afghans are working for the occupiers.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Permanent Unemployment for Everyone, Brought to You by Vulture Capitalism

Bosses everywhere are trying to get rid of my job—and yours, I suspect.

Posted on Apr 10, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lovelady

Get the Hell Out of Afghanistan

If you Google "Afghanistan," you get your choice of occupiers.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE



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The American Way of Work

I have been working at home for most of my life. Naturally, I’m interested in the controversy generated by Marissa Mayer, the new boss at Yahoo, when she ordered all that company’s employees to report to a regular company office.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Is Making More Sense Than the Loyal Opposition

President Obama said "jobs" 47 times in his State of the Union message last Tuesday night, so we know what’s on his mind.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE


What Is Real and What Is Reality

If Calvin Coolidge of Vermont were alive and awake now—he was noted for taking long naps—he might want to change it to, "The business of America is show business."

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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10,000 Days With Catherine O’Neill

I had been married to Catherine O’Neill for 33 years when she died on the day after Christmas and I don’t know how I am going to live without her.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



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The Making of the President: 2062

It was Yogi Berra who supposedly said, "It’s very hard to predict things, especially about the future."

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE


It’s a Brave New (Political) World

Any way you slice and dice the data, they point toward inevitable political change over the next couple of decades.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE


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