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Meet Me at the Fair

By Gail Collins

New York Times

April 24, 2014

Fifty years after the 1964 New York World’s Fair, many predictions were not that far off. … Read More

Mag #216

April 23, 2014

Magpie Tales is a blog “dedicated to the enjoyment of poets and writers, for the purpose of honing their craft, sharing it with like-minded bloggers, and keeping their muses alive and well.” Each week, it offers an image as a … Continue reading → … Read More

How Democrats can woo swing voters and hold onto their base

By E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington Post

April 23, 2014

CHICAGO The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states. Read full article >> … Read More

Rosen: A "teaching moment" on common sense

By Mike Rosen

Denver Post

April 23, 2014

The recent controversy over a Grand Junction third-grader who commendably shaved her head in sympathy for a friend who is fighting cancer was another example of bureaucratic inflexibility that’s endemic not only in public education but in government, generally. … Read More

A Saint, He Ain’t

By Maureen Dowd

New York Times

April 23, 2014

The rush to canonize John Paul II and John XXIII is clearly a case of two popes and one halo. … Read More

Barack Obama, the Adolescent President

By George Will

Washington Post Writers Group

April 23, 2014

Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan. He came to that very friendly venue — in 2012, he received 67 percent of the vote in Ann Arbor’s county — after visiting a local sandwich shop, where a muse must have whispered in the presidential ear. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had recently released his bu … Read More

An interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

By E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington Post

April 20, 2014

NEW YORK Last Wednesday afternoon, I interviewed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) in his office at New York’s City Hall. Here is a transcript of the interview, which is the basis of my Monday column on de Blasio and the city. My questions have been shortened and I have included some background on issues that might not be familiar to those who live outside New York. My thanks to Ross Tilchin and Jeremy Waldron for helping me put together this transcript. Read full article >> … Read More

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stays on offense

By E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington Post

April 20, 2014

NEW YORK To say that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unbowed after some difficult moments in his first few months in office is not entirely true. The 6-foot-5 progressive bows regularly so he won’t overwhelm interlocutors who don’t meet NBA specs. Read full article >> … Read More

The SPLC’s Attack on Rush Limbaugh, David Horowitz, and Me

By Ron Radosh

PajamasMedia.com

April 20, 2014

The column  I wrote last week, it turns out, has created somewhat of a storm. This is due to one thing only: Rush Limbaugh read it aloud on his radio program. (Start reading in the middle from where it says “BREAK TRANSCRIPT.”) That one decision by Rush, led all of our mutual enemies to go [...] … Read More

Would Halevi have banished Spinoza? Turned Rushdie over?

By Phyllis Chesler

Phyllis-Chesler.com

April 20, 2014

My esteemed colleague, Yossi Klein Halevi, together with the Muslim chaplain at Duke University, Abdullah Antepli, have penned a defense of Brandeis University’s decision to disinvite Ayaan Hirsi Ali. They write that Brandeis President Lawrence has … Read More

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