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Ambassador Huckabee Opens the New American Embassy in Jerusalem

 

“I had a dream.” That’s right, Lionel Ritchie had a dream, too, and so did I. Mine probably wasn’t as sexy and glamorous as Mr. Ritchie’s or Mr. King’s, because, of all people, it involved Mike Huckabee. Yes, I might be the only man, or woman, in the world who has had a dream about […]

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Prohibition Rising

 

December 5 was Repeal Day. Eighty-three years have passed since that dreadful social experiment, Prohibition, was killed. We think we are living in strange times — but what a weird era that was. Politics makes strange bedfellows, and what an odd coalition lobbied for Prohibition — some women, Christian fundamentalists, Nativists, racists, progressives, capitalists, socialists, […]

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Useless Spayd Work

 

During the summer of the 2016 campaign, the “public editor” for the New York Times, Liz Spayd, criticized the paper’s transparently unbalanced coverage. Even though the criticism was ventured hesitantly, it still rankled reporters. “Mostly I was met with a roll of the eyes,” she said about her attempts to ask reporters about the paper’s […]

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The Top Ten Sports Grinches of 2016

 

With another year almost over and at a time when the old Dr. Seuss classic gets plenty of airtime, it is appropriate to look back and recognize the biggest Grinches of the sports community in 2016. These Grinches are the people and organizations that did their best to ruin the simple pleasure of being a […]

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They’ve Gone Insane

 

I just don’t get it. People are going insane about Donald Trump being president-elect. It’s beyond the wildest anger and fear I saw even about Richard Nixon, my hero. And, as I say, I just cannot see it. For example, this morning, I got several emails from men who had been my friends since high […]

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Water for Peace in the Middle East

 

The media coverage of the 2016 election, and now the transition, has overshadowed a very positive development in the Middle East in last year. The Iran Deal has so endangered the security of both Israel and Saudi Arabia that both governments are becoming more open about improving ties. For example, in 2015, Dore Gold, an […]

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Bob Dylan: What Is the Question?

 

Washington When I heard that Bob Dylan had received the Nobel Prize for literature, I was mildly surprised. He writes music, popular music. As did George Gershwin and Irving Berlin, both of whom almost certainly wrote better music. I have nothing against Dylan’s music, except that it was written by a scruffy young man who […]

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Van Jones to Interview Trump Supporters on CNN

 

Tonight at 9pn ET, CNN will present my friend and sparring partner Van Jones in a special titled: “The Messy Truth.” The CNN press release is below. But a word here. I’ve seen some of the footage from the taped sections of the show. Van the staunch progressive sits down with an Ohio family of […]

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Unseemly: Peoria and New York Squabble Over Fulton Sheen’s Body

 

The Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Peoria are wrangling like spoiled children over who gets a prized toy. In this case, however, the “toy” in question is the body of the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. The cause to raise Sheen to sainthood in the Catholic Church was begun in 2002 by […]

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Bubble America and the Phantom of White Nationalism

 

It is wonderful to watch the reptile-quick post-election pivot from White Privilege and Identity to White Nationalism and Supremacy. At a Harvard University conference last week, sour-grapes Democratic campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri charged that white nationalism and supremacy — she used the words interchangeably — were foundational to Donald Trump’s election victory. These anti-white […]

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