• Hebrew Names and Popular Misconceptions

    Hebrew Names and Popular Misconceptions

    According to popular misconceptions, traditional Judaism treats women like chattel (property) if not outright like cattle (beasts, obviously). That's not true, of course, and it's why people are asking for my mother's Hebrew name for prayer, not my dad's. Whenever you pray for mercy, for a special kindness from God,…

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  • Two Bad Habits in Talking about Immigration

    Two Bad Habits in Talking about Immigration

    Republicans of all stripes tend to display two bad habits whenever they talk about immigration and those ticks damage the GOP and cripple our credibility. First, we almost inevitably discuss illegal immigration in the context of winning Hispanic votes, as if it were a political problem, rather than a profound…

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  • TWO BAD HABITS IN TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION

    TWO BAD HABITS IN TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION

    Republicans of all stripes tend to display two credibility crippling bad habits when they talk about immigration. First, they discuss illegal immigration in the context of Hispanic votes, as if it were a political problem, rather than a profound policy and ethical problem for millions. Additionally, Republicans should stay away…

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  • ALL LANDS “WERE MADE FOR YOU AND ME”?

    ALL LANDS “WERE MADE FOR YOU AND ME”?

    Super Bowl ads are sometimes memorable and original but one of the oddest this year came from Chrysler's Jeep Renegade. It used “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land,” with the original lyrics, but from the second verse on they dropped familiar American imagery and substituted gauzy…

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  • A PERSONAL NOTE TO MY RADIO FAMILY

    A PERSONAL NOTE TO MY RADIO FAMILY

    All those who listen regularly to my radio show know how much I value the privilege of speaking to this eager, enlightened audience every weekday, year-round. I have been unapologetically fanatical about broadcasting whenever, however I can; in eighteen years of national syndication, I've never missed more than four days…

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  • INSULTING MODERATES: NO FORMULA FOR G.O.P. MAJORITY

    INSULTING MODERATES: NO FORMULA FOR G.O.P. MAJORITY

    With John Boehner safely installed for another term as Speaker and Jeb Bush emerging as apparent frontrunner in the presidential race, Republicans activists must break the bad habit of demonizing moderates. Insults to the crucial swing voters who decide every election inevitably undermine GOP hopes for a durable governing majority.…

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  • NOT DOUBLING DOWN; A WHOLE NEW DECK

    NOT DOUBLING DOWN; A WHOLE NEW DECK

    Unfortunately, too many conservatives give the president credit he doesn't deserve regarding his State of the Union agenda. Senator Ted Cruz, House leaders Steve Scalise and Jeb Hensarling, have all suggested that Obama has “doubled down” on his agenda. The blackjack definition for “doubling down” is to “hold your existing…

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  • OBAMA TELLS YOUNG: LAWS CONTROL EVERYTHING IN LIFE

    OBAMA TELLS YOUNG: LAWS CONTROL EVERYTHING IN LIFE

    A teenaged YouTube star asked the president a question that stumped him. “I never really followed politics that much” said Bethany Mota. “Why should the younger generation be interested in politics, and why should it matter to them?” After brief stammers and stalls, Obama offered this: “The reason we even…

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