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  • Demonizing, Dehumanizing the Opposition

    Demonizing, Dehumanizing the Opposition

    ​The context of the brutal assault in Alexandria, Virginia that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise sends an important public message: our elected representatives may wield enormous power but they're still ordinary Americans who enjoy getting up early on a bright Spring morning to practice for a charity baseball game. The crazed…

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  • If Trump Is ‘Liar-In-Chief,’ What of Obama’s Lies?

    After the congressional testimony of fired FBI Director James Comey, many Democrats, with notable exceptions, pulled back from the impeachment talk. MSNBC's Chris Matthews, one of the cheerleaders of the Donald Trump-must-go crowd, even said that Comey failed to make a case for obstruction of justice. “The big story has…

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  • Miraculous Victory, Unsettled Dispute

    Miraculous Victory, Unsettled Dispute

    Fifty years ago, the 19-year-old state of Israel won a miraculous, astonishing victory against larger, better equipped forces of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. The Soviet Union lavishly supported the Arab states, while Lyndon Johnson's America proclaimed strict neutrality as the Jewish state faced annihilation. Israel had to rely on Mirage…

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  • One Sure Thing: Trump Beats Impeachment

    Despite the public furor surrounding James Comey's Senate testimony, there remains only one certainty about the future of the Trump administration: the president will not be forced from office through the Constitutional impeachment process. Pundits and politicos who agitate for using that mechanism to end the Age of Trump ignore…

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  • Jerusalem Unified

    Jerusalem Unified

    This month—June 2017—marks the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem as the undivided, eternal capital of the Jewish people. What was the city's status before Israeli victory in 1967's Six Day War? At that time, Eastern Jerusalem and the Old City were occupied by Jordan; all Jewish residents had…

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  • Bill Maher And The ‘N-Word’

    As to Bill Maher's recent use of the N-word on live television, the comedian is probably scratching his head. What exactly are the rules on when, where, how and if the word can be used? Can a non-black, attempting a joke, use the word in public? On his HBO show,…

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  • A Response to My Conservative Critics About Trump

    A Response to My Conservative Critics About Trump

    Writers never know when something they write will strike a nerve — or, in the common phrase of the internet, “go viral.” Yet my last column, “Why Conservatives Still Attack Trump” did both. Aside from being reprinted on almost every conservative website, Newsweek published the column, and The New York…

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  • Key Health Issue is Personal, Not Political

    Key Health Issue is Personal, Not Political

    The United States may lead the world in military and economic power, as well as cultural influence, but we're also “Number One” in another category: no nation on earth possesses so many citizens who qualify as obese. According to new figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an…

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