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Jacob Laksin
Jacob Laksin is a writer in New York City.
by | Jan 20, 2005

The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror Natan Sharansky with Ron Dermer (Public Affairs, 303 pages, $26.95) THESE DAYS, ONE SEEKS IN vain for voices who contend that the Cold War was a lost…

by | Nov 9, 2004

After a brief spell of post-election sobriety, the Democratic rank-and-file have once more reverted to angry type. They bemoan the idiocy of the American electorate. They forecast the downward spiral presently in store for our doomed republic. They curse the…

by | Oct 28, 2004

Of all the objections put forth to a second Bush term, two in particular pose the gravest threat to the president’s reelection bid. The first is the notion of a “fresh start.” Advanced by the Kerry campaign, it posits that…

by | Sep 14, 2004

NEW YORK — President Bush recently came in for some severe criticism when he suggested that there would be no absolute victory in the war on terrorism. “I don’t think you can win,” Bush told NBC News. “But I think…

by | Sep 2, 2004

NEW YORK — In a week that has seen its cruder manifestations of Bush-hatred (see: any of the fire-setting antics of the local anarchist contingent) Wednesday’s mass panty flash at Manhattan’s Battery Park was, beyond dispute, the best dressing down…

by | Aug 13, 2004

Yesterday morning the New Jersey Republican State Committee gleefully paraded a new poll indicating that when New Jersey residents thought about the state’s Democratic governor, Jim McGreevey, two words came to mind: political corruption. By yesterday afternoon, those had been…

by | Jul 29, 2004

NEW YORK — It has come to this: The toughest line against Iran’s thuggish mullahcracy is Canadian. Following Sunday’s sham trial of an Iranian intelligence agent accused of murdering a Canadian journalist — a charge of which he was, in…

by | Jul 20, 2004

NEW YORK — It is admittedly an exercise in tautology to point out that the New York Times‘ editorial page is, on occasion, disingenuous. All the same, the paper’s Friday editorial merits special attention, illustrative as it is of that…

by | Jul 12, 2004

Is the American dream dead? Senator John Edwards is betting that is. Out on the hustings some months ago, John Kerry’s vice president took every opportunity to clue Americans in to an ugly reality: The American playing field is tilted…

by | Jun 21, 2004

While parrying partisan attacks on its decision to eject Saddam Hussein from power, the Bush administration last Friday received surprise support from one of the Iraq war’s staunchest foes: Russian president Vladimir Putin. Speaking at a summit in Kazakhstan, Putin…

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