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Down and Out With the Democrats? Maybe Not, Look at the '48 Election
Word has it that regardless of today's results in Indiana and North Carolina, the Democrats have already lost the presidential election. Until the Texas and Ohio primaries on March 4, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sounded like equally qualified presidential contenders with every reason to keep...
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Crumbcatchers
In the Roaring Twenties my grandfather, Diamond Ben, was a flashy guy. He had a taste for Cadillacs. He owned a tux and a diamond stickpin. He had a big house by the beach, and two garages on Broadway. He hung out with celebrities. But my grandfather lost the house and the two garages and the...
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A Hunger for National Purpose
Let's talk about us. Not as in you and me but, rather, as in common cause. I've been thinking about ''us'' for a few days, ever since I happened upon a message board for sports fans following the NBA playoffs. The conversation was what you'd expect -- fans of underdog teams arguing that, while...
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The Great Silence: Our Gilded Age and Theirs
Google "second Gilded Age" and you will get ferried to 7,000 possible sites where you can learn more about what you already instinctively know. That we are living through a gilded age has become a journalistic commonplace. The unmistakable drift of all the talk about it is a Yogi Berra-ism: it's a...
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Bush Appears on US Game Show as Approval Ratings Hit Record Low
Final confirmation that George Bush has too much time on his hands came last night. Well into the lame-duck stage of his presidency, with his duties at the White House increasingly minimal, Bush found time to put in an appearance on the popular game show 'Deal or No Deal'. Bush, who according to a...
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The 'God Bless America' Test
For Barack Obama, campaign 2008 has been a series of absurd but consequential tests. First, there was the faith test: Profess publicly that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. Each candidate faced this test, but the stakes were higher for Obama because of the whispering campaign that he was (gasp...
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Party Like It's 1932: The Obama Option
Seventy-six years ago, to many ears on the left, Franklin D. Roosevelt sounded way too much like a centrist. True, he was eloquent, and he'd generated enthusiasm in a Democratic base eager to evict Republicans from the White House. But his campaign was moderate -- with policy proposals that didn't...
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Vets Press McCain to Back Greater Benefits
SAN FRANCISCO - A leading political action committee founded by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has launched a new internet video and petition demanding Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain throw his support behind a new G.I. Bill to provide improved education benefits for soldiers...
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Empire or Humanity? What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me About the American Empire
With an occupying army waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with military bases and corporate bullying in every part of the world, there is hardly a question any more of the existence of an American Empire. Indeed, the once fervent denials have turned into a boastful, unashamed embrace of the idea...
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We Mustn't Give Up Fight for King's Cause
April 4 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King's assassination. Forty years later, his dream has been remembered and commemorated. But in many ways, his mission has not yet been realized. Rev. King always saw the struggle for civil rights has having several movements, like a...
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