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When One May, In Good Conscience, Rest: Oliver Saks Dies
AFP photo Oliver Saks, the incomparable neurologist, writer, and explorer of the human condition through whose compassionate voice "science became poetry," has died of cancer at 82. Through many years and writings, Saks had indulged in what he once called “extreme immoderation in all my passions,”...
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Clinton 'Can Be Beaten' as Sanders Shows New Surge in Iowa
Matching trends previously seen in New Hampshire, a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released Saturday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders is trending upwards in the key early primary state as he closes the gap with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. As the Register reports :...
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People Don’t Like Current Education Policies, So Why Do Policy Leaders?
The big annual poll on how Americans view public schools and education policy is out, and people who are eager to don the mantle of “education reform” might want to rethink their wardrobe. As education journalist Valerie Strauss reports the news from her blog at The Washington Post, “The 47th...
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Palestine Overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants
If there were a Palestinian Donald Trump, he’d be fulminating against illegal immigrants swamping the Palestinian West Bank. And he’d be complaining that fully 1 in 6 of these undocumented squatters are Americans . Since Americans have trouble understanding the basic facts of the situation, it is...
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'What Are We Becoming?' Virginia Shooter Forced Us To Be Witnesses
“I’ve seen enough. I don’t want to see any more.” — Bruce Springsteen, ‘Cover Me’ When terrorists beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and posted video of the killing online, I refused to look. I explained my reasoning in this space. To watch that video, I wrote, knowing it...
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Dick Cheney Never Disappoints
Previewing his September 8 address on the Iran deal to (who else?) the American Enterprise Institute, Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have published a lengthy op-ed (“Restoring American Exceptionalism” ) in Saturday’s print edition of The Wall Street Journal . It’s predictably over the top,...
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Indentured Regression: Marco Rubio Thinks College Students Should Be Sharecroppers
If you listen closely not every part of the presidential election campaign has been hijacked by Donald Trump and his apprentice dunces. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders may not have a chance, but he’s the anti-Trump and anti-Hillary all in one: he is so serious that he can’t be bothered with...
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'Gulf South Rising': Ten Years After Katrina, Demands for Deep Justice March On
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is neither fully healed nor truly at ease with the legacy of the storm that for many people in the United States became the first undeniable example of the critical intersection between climate change, economic inequality, and racial injustice on a...
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Lethal Shooting of Sheriff's Deputy in Texas Described as 'Ambush'
Law enforcement officials in Texas are still trying to determine the identity and possible motive of the individual who shot and killed a sheriff's deputy near Houston late Friday night in what has been described as an "ambush" at a local gas station. Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas...
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Revisiting 1930s Authoritarianism Through Donald Trump
Give this to Donald Trump : he helps us picture how the anti-democratic, right-wing, personality-driven movements of the 1930s came to power. Those movements are usually characterized as fascist though they were diverse, and the term itself is hellishly hard to define. As time passed, they faded...
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