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Results or Process: How Should We Evaluate Judges?

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A few days ago I was asked which of the Justices on the US Supreme Court I admire the most. My answer shocked the friend who asked the question: Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Stephen Breyer. His reaction was almost...More

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Civil Unrest and the Uncivil Rest

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In Russia, Pussy Riot's post-prison protests lead to arrest under Putin's police power and assault by Cossack militia members. In Ukraine, anti-government unrest has exploded into clash and confrontation with a death toll dangerously rising. Syria's Civil War is anything...More

 

God Colors Outside The Lines

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The subject of Father Scott's homily on Sunday was "tunnel vision," something our local parish priest knows a lot about since it was not until he was in his twenties and well out of high school that Father Scott finally...More

 

Justice Ginsburg: Unfairly Criticised?

There has been some ongoing debate about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and some comments she made about constitution making in countries that are endeavoring to rewrite, or develop whole new constitutions. I would like to examine whether she is being...More

 

I Guess That's Why They Call Them Blue States

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I spent a little time in California over the summer. It had been awhile. I remember going there as a kid and being so impressed. It seems that the days when everyone in the nation looked up to California, that...More

 

Birther Argument Debunked

We have all been seeing for years now the arguments put forward by some that President Barack Obama was ineligible to run for President because he was not a "natural born citizen" as his father was from Kenya. Despite Hawaii...More

 

Moderate Republicans In Denial

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Mickey Edwards steals a page from those early Progressives who believed the cure for democracy was more democracy. Joining a long list of Republican "reformers" who are trying mightily to help the GOP avoid a rendevous with hostile demographics, the...More

 

It's Politics Stupid!

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In May 2009, former International Monetary Fund chief economist Simon Johnson wrote an important essay in The Atlantic on the origins and implications of the 2008 financial collapse, called "The Quiet Coup." The financial gloom that swept over the US...More

 

An Old White Lady's Thoughts on Race

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My first memory of any recognition of race was the day I brought my new friend home for lunch. My grandma must have been watching us come up the steps because she met us at the door and said it...More

 

Defending the One Percent

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It seems puzzling that Harvard University would grant tenure, let alone appoint someone to be the chairman of its economics department, who fundamentally doesn't believe in economics. But there it is, all spelled out in a much talked about new...More