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Inauguration Washington: A Meditation on Nazis, Gas Chambers, and Provocation

 

A few years ago I put a “I don’t trust the liberal media” bumper sticker on my car, a thirteen-year-old Jeep Cherokee. Some folks on the road were offended. They tailgated me, made rude hand gestures, and even tried to run me off the road. In one case, an African American woman in a shiny […]

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Guilty as Hell, Free as a Bird

 

It is fitting that Barack Obama, who launched his political career in the living room of unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, would conclude it by commuting another one, Oscar Lopez Rivera. After hearing the news, Ayers, on a plane coming back from Havana (where he celebrated his wife’s birthday), said that he was “dancing in […]

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Hope & Change Comes Eight Years Into the Obama Presidency

 

Barack Obama finally delivers on his message of hope and change on this, the last day of his presidency. Don’t accuse the man of not fulfilling this ubiquitous, and amorphous, campaign pledge. He didn’t stop the rise of the oceans or heal the planet. But he did give America Donald Trump. And in his final […]

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Goodbye Mr. Fish and Chips

 

The TV and newspapers are filled with nostalgia sayings of goodbye to the Obamas. The ever witty Barry. The stunningly beautiful Michelle. Yes, she talks like a Valley Girl but if you don’t think she’s drop dead gorgeous, you’re a racist pig. The sacred children, whom Mr. Obama really does seem to have treated like […]

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A Hundred Days

 

They say a new president has a hundred days to make his mark, launch his key programs, set the Republic on course. And if he does not do it, it will four years of playing catch-up and getting bogged down in the swamp, the bureaucracies, the opposition, the lobbyists, the special interests, the malcontents, the […]

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Nebraska Law’s Advice to a Teaching Sister: ’Lose the Veil’

 

About a century ago, the Ku Klux Klan spearheaded a coalition of anti-Catholic organizations in Nebraska to lobby the state legislature to pass a law that would ban public school teachers from wearing religious insignia or garb in the classroom. And in 1919 the legislators obliged. But let’s not beat up on Nebraska — around […]

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The Boycott Brigade Vanishes

 

It was all a big understanding, a failure to communicate. Mr. Cool Hand Obama, in his press conference finale, told the assembled kowtowers, “You are not supposed to be sycophants.” Huh? What next, global cooling is the real threat to our good earth? Make up your mind, Mr. Ex-Prez. Then he issued new marching orders. […]

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Anchoring at the Inauguration

 

I have only one hope for the Inauguration, and that hope and prayer is for just one more hack. For the record, I’m against hacking. The thought of my iTunes playlist being released to the public is frightening. Yes, I know this is an incredibly serious issue, pardon me, Chelsea Manning. I guess we should […]

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As the Briefing Room Turns

 

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team had been flirting with moving the daily White House press briefing from the West Wing to nearby quarters that could accommodate more journalists. The White House Correspondents Association registered its concern — while not present in public sentiment, umbrage followed. By Thursday, Team Trump assured the media that Monday’s press […]

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Trump’s Inaugural Opportunity

 

Tomorrow, Donald Trump will be sworn in as America’s 45th president. He will have achieved that office by running as a populist — attuned to millions of citizens who are discontent with the elite politics and bureaucratic rule that is overwhelming American self-government. But an astonishing populist election does not provide a blueprint for populist […]

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