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America: Love It Or Leave It (again)
The phrase "America, Love It or Leave It" has a pedigree dating back at least to the McCarthy Era. In the '70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The left has its own version, vowing to l
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Fighting Climate Change Means Ending War
"The easy movement of high-ranking military officers into jobs with major defense contractors and the reverse movement of top executives in major defense contractors into high Pentagon jobs is solid evidence of the military industrial-complex in oper
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The Racist In The White House
As those of you who've read my memoir know -- it's called "From the Left" and still available on Amazon! -- I grew up in a segregated town in northern Delaware. I went to a whites-only school, worshipped in a whites-only church, and joined a whites-o
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Donald Trump, America Is Not Your House
Dear Donald Trump: Years ago, I got to visit Kwethluk, an Alaskan town of fewer than 900 souls. It is an isolated place where the people, most of them Yup'ik and Eskimo, live on what the tundra provides: ptarmigan, moose, seal, salmonberries. I remem
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Paul Ryan Is Once Again Being Cast As A Pariah
Paul Ryan is getting the hate treatment -- again. The former GOP House speaker and 2012 vice presidential candidate is a unifying figure these days. Liberals have long despised him -- unfairly in my mind. Anti-Trump conservatives are infuriated by hi
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Donald Trump's Cheap Shots Reveal A Very Weak Man
Why does President Donald Trump, who holds the world most powerful political office, waste his time, energy and insults belittling a quartet of first-year congresswomen? On Sunday, the president unleashed his now-notorious tweetstorm on the four Demo
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Apollo 11 at 50
You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA ("the space base," we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits. Along with people from around t
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Do R. Kelly, Jeffrey Epstein Arrests Signal A Turning Point Against 'Rape Culture'?
It may be more than coincidental that R&B music star R. Kelly and well-connected Wall Street financier Jeffrey Epstein were arrested in the same week on federal charges related to sexually abusing underage girls. For one thing, as Labor Secretary Ale
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Failure To Stand Up For The Truth, Suggests Not An Open Mind But An Empty One
A man named Josef Buzhminski told this story at the trial of Adolf Eichmann. It happened on July 27, 1942, at the fence of the Jewish ghetto in Przemysl, Poland. Buzhminski was watching from hiding as an SS man named Kidash seized a Jewish woman and
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The Real Danger Of Categorical Politics
Conservatives talk a lot about how we don't like identity politics. But it's not always clear what people mean by it. Academics and intellectuals tend to mean one thing, while politicians and activists often have something slightly different in mind.
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The Worst Environmental President Ever
To help you get your arms around this week's column, just imagine this. You're the head of the National Organization for Women. You're looking for someone to give the keynote speech for your annual conference. And, for a different twist, this year yo
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Hungary's Sound Immigration Policy
Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn't have a migrant problem because they don't have welfare programs. So, he sa
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The Mop Closet Of American History
"They were quiet, and just staring, blankly," she said. "There were just blank stares and no expressions on their faces." Welcome to hell, as presided over by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This image bears deep reflection. It doesn't change. Ch
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We Must Address The Mixed Messages Our Country Is Sending To Women And Girls
Tell me, into which America are young girls to put their faith? The one that has wholeheartedly celebrated the outstanding athleticism, the steely grace and unshakable comradery of sisterhood that is the U.S. women's soccer team? Those are the uplift
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What Italy Can Teach Democrats About Running Against Donald Trump
I used to wonder how a society as old, grand and sophisticated as Italy could choose an elderly businessman as flamboyant, scandal-prone and inexperienced in government as Silvio Berlusconi to the position of prime minister. Then the U.S. elected Don
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What Will We Do In A Future Without Newspapers?
The Vindy announced its death about a week before Jeffrey Epstein was arrested. Though the timing was only a coincidence, the juxtaposition speaks volumes about the state of American journalism. Epstein, as you likely know, is the billionaire money m
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Political Leanings Can't Be Reduced To Genetic Programming
Increasingly, the intellectual consensus seems to be that our political leanings are hardwired in our genes. There is some excellent research behind this thinking, and I've come around to believing that DNA plays a bigger role in our political worldv
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Not A 'Total Loser'
PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont -- Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan's third congressional district as an Independent. In a Washington Post op-ed, he wrote: "I've become disenchanted with party politics and frigh
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It's Much Too Early To Pay Attention To The Race For President
More than 18 million sturdy American TV viewers tuned in to the Democratic presidential debate in Miami on June 27. It was a new record. Another 15 million-plus watched the first round the night before. That's 33 million total viewers, not including
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Opening Up To Women's Stories
A few words about my sexism. Nerd that I am, I keep a book diary, i.e., a list of the 40 or 50 books I read and listen to each year. In 2016, while perusing said list, I made a discovery that startled me: there were almost no women on it. That year,
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Hate Groups Shouldn't Be Allowed To Claim America's Founding Symbols
Perhaps if Colin Kaepernick had known Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelly before he weighed in on those Nike shoes emblazoned with the Betsy Ross flag, he might have acted differently. Maybe he wouldn't have equated the Revolutionary era of America with slave ow
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Alas, Poor Mad Magazine, Pulled Under By Its Own Humor Wave
What? Mad magazine will disappear from newsstands after August? Well, as Dorothy Parker is said to have said after hearing of President Calvin Coolidge's death, "How can they tell?" After 67 years of publishing elegantly illustrated goofiness, Mad's
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Trouble At The Border
Yes, we have a serious problem at the border -- indeed, at every border we create and defend with force of arms and bureaucratic indifference. "'If you want water, just drink from a toilet.' That's what border patrol told one thirsty woman we met on
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My Best Friend, The Mass Murderer
At last, Donald Trump's done something right: He's brought the United States back from the brink of war with North Korea and established a new, peaceful relationship with a longtime adversary. Surely, even Democrats have to applaud the photo of Trump
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Censoring The Census
The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and be guided by it. In last week's 5-4 ruling by the Supreme Court rejecting the Trump administration's clai
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Nike Fans The Flames Of The Culture War
Nike is doing it wrong. I don't mean the shoemaking, though that thing with Zion Williamson was pretty bad, I have to say. No, Nike is doing it wrong because it managed to do something that all the neo-Nazis, Klansmen, alt-righters and other denizens
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The Meaning Of Freedom In The Age Of Trump
I had no intention of telling this story here. Independence Day is Thursday, and I thought I might talk about the meaning of freedom in the age of Trump. Refugees are imprisoned in squalor on our southern border, the government balking at providing t
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Democrats' Leftward Turn Was A Reaction To Hillary Clinton
The consensus view on the right is that Hillary Clinton was a primary reason for Donald Trump's success in 2016. But not all conservatives agree about why that was. For devotees of the Trump-as-savior narrative, Clinton -- and all the allegedly nefar
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Questions I Would Have Asked The Democrats
The likelihood I would ever be invited to serve on a network panel questioning the Democratic presidential candidates is equivalent to an invitation to take the next trip to the moon. Still, as I tortured myself watching the two "debates," which were
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The Birthers Are Back -- This Time For Kamala Harris
Here we go again. Birtherism is back. Just as the original birthers rose up in 2008 to raise what turned out to be bogus questions about Barack Obama's birth certificate, new birthers appeared online after presidential candidate Kamala Harris' impres
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