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Obama steps up in Oslo

Every American president eventually faces a defining question – whether to assuage his supporters by telling them what they want to hear or challenge them by telling them what they need to hear. John Kennedy sought to educate the nation about civil rights, which won him no […]

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The latest from Ahmadinejad

In his latest blast at the United States, one that will receive far too little attention, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States this week of trying to block the return of the “Hidden Imam” (or “Mahdi”), the messianic figure of Shia Islam who supposedly will […]

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Beware of Lou Dobbs and the politics of anger

“In America, anyone can become president,” Adlai Stevenson Jr., the two-time Democratic presidential nominee said, adding with his characteristic high-brow humor: “That’s one of the risks you take.” The quote comes to mind with news that Lou Dobbs, the controversial former CNN anchor, is exploring not just […]

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Career advice for men and women alike

I read in the Washington Post over the weekend that former Bush press secretary Dana Perino organized an event at which successful women in Washington offered career advice to aspiring young females – in 10-minute intervals so the stars-to-be could roam from booth to booth and soak […]

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Wafa Sultan and the nature of Islam

They were just five words, but they swept through the Muslim world like a brush fire nearly four years ago, launching a scorching backlash that endures to this day. “Be quiet. It’s my turn,” the Syrian-born American, Wafa Sultan, said in February 2006 to a Muslim cleric […]

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