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Obama on national security: too weak, too strong

One of the weird muddles complicating the scandals swirling around the Obama administration is that the accusations... more

How the mighty (corrupt) have fallen

While traveling this week in Costa Rica, I’ve been following the unfolding narrative of New York’s own... more

Yes, the Republican Party is changing

The last couple of weeks brought another cycle of painful news stories for conservatives and for the Republican... more

NY21: What in the world happened to Bill Owens?

CORRECTION:  Bill Owens did not vote for the Federal stimulus plan backed by Barack Obama in 2008.  He... more

NY21: What in the world happened to Matt Doheny?

Matt Doheny left the North Country’s political stage last week after falling at least 4,000 votes shy of toppling... more

Can the GOP weed out the crazies?

I know this will be heresy to many Republicans, but it’s time — long overdue, in fact — for the GOP... more

GOP outflanked in NY and nation

The Republican Party’s brand new crisis in New York state is a metaphor for what’s happening to the GOP... more

The chink in the Democrats’ armor

[NOTE:  This essay first appeared in May of this year.  I've posted it again here with a few small... more

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Apr 16, 2014 — Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
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Apr 14, 2014 — President Obama's weekly address dealt with the question of women and equal pay. On Friday, he went to a forum organized by civil rights activist Al Sharpton where he talked about voting rights.
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Apr 8, 2014 — The early days of college hoops were dominated by flashy players who were thought to be naturally suited for the game and who saw the sport as their way out of the ghetto. They're not who you suspect.
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Apr 18, 2014 — Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the breakthrough Ukraine deal and the new health care enrollment numbers.
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Apr 18, 2014 — In a new paper, biologists suggest that religion evolved in our prehistoric past through processes by which serving one's family and larger social group become synonymous with serving God.
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Apr 16, 2014 — The right person can make all the difference in your life. Marcelo Gleiser has benefitted from more than one mentor in his life. Now he gives his time to others and encourages you to do the same.
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Apr 18, 2014 — In high school, Cristina Peña was afraid to tell her boyfriend, Chris Ondaatje, that she was HIV-positive. She needn't have worried. More than a decade later, they're still together.
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Apr 16, 2014 — Narcissistic and ill-prepared for the future? Or civic-minded and entrepreneurial? Two teams tackle stereotypes and realities about young Americans in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.
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Apr 16, 2014 — Tiger Woods hasn't won a major in six years, and at 38, says commentator Frank Deford, he's past even a golfer's prime years. Still, no one can touch the reigning king of golf.
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