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Patrick O Hannigan

The Shack, by William P. Young (Windblown Media, 256 pages, $14.99 paper) William P. Young’s novel  The Shack has already spent more than a year on bestseller lists, but it is the kind of publishing phenomenon that merits beachcomber treatment…

This is an Advent story, but it begins with an end. Because her landlord upped the rent to an amount that would shame even the villains in a Charles Dickens novel, the entrepreneur who runs the best coffee house in…

With the first wave of “what should conservatives do next?” essays out of the way, climbing routes up the Cliffs of Insanity have closed for the season while Rodents of Unusual Size plead with their cousins in Congress for bailout…

Less than a week ago, before my nine-year-old daughter scampered down a school hallway and into her classroom, I passed a BB rifle to her through my car window. Neither one of us was accosted by security guards, reported to…

Like many of his Big Media colleagues, Scott Conroy of CBS News thinks Governor Palin’s recent criticism of Senator Obama for associating with terrorist-turned-education-professor-and-curriculum-guru Bill Ayers signals Republican willingness to “make the election a referendum on Obama’s character, rather than…

In an election where pilots face off against lawyers, one major party thinks we citizens are gifted, and the other thinks we are afflicted. Consider the commentary rising like marsh gas from the swamps of Salon, where Cintra Wilson harbors…

Even the dimmest Democratic strategist now realizes that beating a “lifelong” Yankees fan with roots in Illinois may not have been enough of a tutorial in how to stop real agents of change. But campaign operatives spend years honing political…

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