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Valuing The Family

We so often wage political war around the family that we forget how broadly shared our reverence for it is.

June 11, 2015
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The Politics Of You

Hillary Clinton spoke forcefully about voting rights and reminding the country of how far right the Republican Party has moved over 50 years.

June 8, 2015
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The Paradox Of Fundamentalism

In battling extreme religious orthodoxy, liberal secularists will be more successful if they embrace a certain wariness of their own orthodoxies.

June 4, 2015
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Bernie Sanders: The New St. Nick

Why understanding why Bernie Sanders’ presidential candidacy is important requires revisiting the politics of St. Nick.

June 1, 2015
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Ireland’s ‘Social Revolution’

It is a mark of how much has changed in such a short time that Ireland’s vote for gay marriage last week was, in the end, the expected outcome — even if the breadth of marriage equality’s victory was breathtaking.

May 28, 2015
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The Right’s Political Correctness

None of the leading Republicans is willing to challenge to the party’s rightward lurch over the past decade.

May 25, 2015

Progressive Frenemies

It seems that there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party’s soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that’s what the media talk about incessantly.

May 21, 2015

Jeb Bush’s Agony

Am I am the only one who has any empathy for Jeb Bush’s difficulty answering a straightforward question: Was going to war in Iraq the right thing to do?

May 18, 2015

The Poor Get A Moment

Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will politicians talk only about the middle class since mentioning the poor is politically toxic?

May 14, 2015

David Cameron’s Wizardry

Prime Minister David Cameron’s surprising success in winning an outright majority of seats in Britain’s Parliament is the result of a paradox: The center in Britain held and flew apart at the same time.

May 11, 2015

A Less Conservative America

Republicans and conservatives have a brand problem. Their presidential campaign will only aggravate it as candidates are forced to double-down on an ideology that is in danger of decline.

May 7, 2015

A Senator’s Faith — And Humility

Church and state separation is essential to our secular government. But we must still find ways of respecting each other on matters of faith and politics.

May 4, 2015

The Roots Of Baltimore’s Anguish

The violence that has engulfed Baltimore is visible and heartbreaking evidence of a city that has been under siege for decades.

April 30, 2015

Is Democracy Unraveling?

There is a decline of trust in traditional political parties but also a rise in partisanship. Is this what democracy unraveling looks like?

April 27, 2015
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The Gingrich-Adams Lesson

As Newt Gingrich champions government spending on not only infrastructure, but on commerce, art, and medicine as well, he echos the demands of president John Quincy Adams.

April 23, 2015

Can The GOP Learn From California?

Republicans lost the state by trying to court non-white voters while saying, “Come support us, we like you, but we want to deport your children.”

April 20, 2015
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Rubio’s Fountain Of Youth

Marco Rubio, in emphasizing his youth, is playing generational politics. The problem is the younger generation doesn’t always buy in to this sort of thing. Also his ideas sound, well, old.

April 16, 2015

Hillary’s Role Model: Bush 41

It’s Hillary Clinton, not Jeb Bush, who will take former President George H. W. Bush as her role model. Her road to victory was blazed by Jeb’s dad in 1988.

April 13, 2015

The Unpolarized Moynihan

The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan was someone who managed to live on both sides of the ideological divide and still kept his own thinking coherent.

April 9, 2015

How To Read The Iran Debate

In the Iran Debate, a working knowledge of the intricate, technical details is helpful, but there are more ambiguities than either side will readily admit.

April 6, 2015
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Don’t Wreck Religious Liberty’s Brand

How marriage equality opponents finally overstepped their bounds — and wrecked what was left of their credibility.

April 2, 2015
Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate Harry Reid speaks during the dedication of the Dr. Norman Borlaug statue in the National Statuary Hall at the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

Harry Reid vs. The Smooth Deal

Democrats will miss Harry Reid more than they think.

March 30, 2015
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What Ted Cruz Knows

Ted Cruz will never be president — but he might destroy plenty of Republicans who could actually win.

March 26, 2015
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

The Right’s Word-Deed Problem

Congressional Republicans’ new budgets prove what the GOP really thinks of working Americans.

March 23, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister and Likud Party's leader Benjamin Netanyahu gives a statement to the media at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, on March 17, 2015. Results tallied Wednesday showed Netanyahu's party with a decisive win. (Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)

The High Cost Of Bibi’s Comeback

Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign was politically genius — and horribly reckless for Israel’s future.

March 19, 2015