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Obama Talks to Kids, Wing Nuts Erupt

The recent flap over President Obama’s speech to schoolchildren this week is a disheartening reflection of political discourse in today’s America, replete with the artificiality, paranoia and coarseness that have become all-too-familiar staples of our national, televised, on-line, roundthe-clock “yeller-ama.” The September 8 speech, scheduled to air […]

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Remembering Kennedy, and Cooling the Rhetoric

It was 1998, and President Clinton and Vice President Gore were working with Senate and House Democratic leaders to stage party “unity” events around the country, hoping to build the grassroots enthusiasm that would help elect as many Democrats to Congress that year as possible. At an […]

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Higher Taxes Are Coming, As They Should

Upon hearing George H.W. Bush utter his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge at the 1988 Republican National Convention, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee phoned Bush’s campaign manager. “What are you doing?” an exasperated Dan Rostenkowski, the burly tax writer, asked campaign […]

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Reading Obama’s Mind (Optimistically): Middle East Game Plans

Whoever first said that “no good deed goes unpunished” must have been thinking of the Middle East. I’m doing exactly what I promised during the campaign. I’m pressing for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, and Israel and the Arab states. I’m trying to convince the Iranians […]

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For Democrats, Raging Incrementalism May Be the Answer

A half-year into their tenure, leaders of our all-Democratic federal government should take a moment to reflect on the nation they seek to change and the lessons to learn from recent U.S. political history. President Obama and the Democrat-led Congress have reached a defining moment. As lawmakers […]

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