Bundy Standoff Is A Fox News Costume Drama

Bundy Standoff Is A Fox News Costume Drama

One thing about that mangy posse of anti-government crackpots camped out at Cliven Bundy’s place in the Nevada desert: Most don’t know a thing about cattle ranching. See, it’s cal ...

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How We Devalued The ‘R-Word’

How We Devalued The ‘R-Word’

At the risk of angering somebody like MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, I sometimes used to joke that I only look white. Actually, I’m Irish. Meaning basically that I wasn’t raised to ...

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Pity The Poor Plutocrats

Pity The Poor Plutocrats

Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our po ...

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Ryan’s Rhetoric Has Consequences

Ryan’s Rhetoric Has Consequences

Reflections upon the recent holiday: The first time my wife saw tears in my eyes was in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, at the tomb of Jonathan Swift. The brilliant 18th-century ...

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Neither Party Has A Claim On Pop Culture

Neither Party Has A Claim On Pop Culture

Recently, I had the disconcerting experience of seeing Lady Mary Crawley on a Boeing 747. Costumed as a flight attendant, she was, and looking rather alarmed at the spectacle of t ...

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Why Republicans Will Never Stop Lying About Obamacare

Why Republicans Will Never Stop Lying About Obamacare

Politically speaking, here’s the thing about those melodramatic ads attacking the Affordable Care Act currently running on TV: In terms of actual policy, they’re as futile as the ...

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If Hillary Is ‘Ruthless,’ We Could Use More Like Her

If Hillary Is ‘Ruthless,’ We Could Use More Like Her

Back in 1993, a Washington Post reporter asked me which Clinton was smarter, Bill or Hillary. As a magazine journalist long resident in Arkansas, I’d never covered state governmen ...

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We’re All Making The Woody Allen Scandal Worse

We’re All Making The Woody Allen Scandal Worse

My absolute favorite tabloid newspaper headline ever appeared in something called the Weekly World News: “3-Breasted Gal Joins Clinton as His New Intern.” I still have a copy some ...

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Stephen Glass Is Too Crooked For The Law

Stephen Glass Is Too Crooked For The Law

I said there was a Society of Men among us, bred up from their Youth in the Art of proving by words multiplied for the Purpose, that White is Black, and Black is White, according ...

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Libertarians Are Still Wrong About The NSA, And Other Unpopular Opinions

Libertarians Are Still Wrong About The NSA, And Other Unpopular Opinions

Recent weeks have seen a decline in the kinds of abusive reader emails that keep a columnist feeling feisty. It’s a long time since anybody informed me that I’m a cowardly elitist ...

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