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Will Obama hang on? Three factors to watch

Now that Gov. Mitt Romney has skillfully presented himself in three presidential debates as a reasonable alternative to President Obama, undercutting the latter’s months-long effort to paint him as a scary extremist, Obama is struggling to hold his lead in the few swing states that will decide […]

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Romney: For better and for worse

Gov. Mitt Romney’s post-debate surge, turning what looked like an impending rout into a close race, says something that’s profoundly reassuring but also something that’s deeply disturbing about American politics. Romney is surging because, in tone and substance, he’s now personifying the essential moderation of American voters […]

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When America dreamed

Fifty years ago today, a dashing young American president visited Rice University, in Houston, TX, and spoke words that reflected the optimism and can-do spirit that had defined his nation since its founding. Explaining his call of a year earlier that the United States achieve the goal […]

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Iran, nukes, and diplomatic fantasies

On the Iran nuclear crisis, hope not only springs eternal; in Western circles, it springs maddeningly so. We often hear that our approach to stopping Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weaponry is working; Iran is more isolated than ever; sanctions are biting; its economy is suffering; Tehran is […]

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Obama, Romney, and Jewish temptations

The news of recent days reminds us that, in a close U.S. presidential election (as the ObamaRomney contest is expected to be), Jews have an influence that far exceeds their numbers across America. That’s because they congregate in key swing states (e.g., Florida, Ohio) and the wealthiest […]

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