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Muslim Somali-American Pens 'Average Mohamed' Cartoon to Lure Youth Away from ISIS

By Phyllis Chesler

Phyllis-Chesler.com

November 25, 2014

A Muslim Somali man who lives in Minnesota has decided to combat the lure of ISIS in a very creative way. Mohammed Ahmed has created vivid and clear-sighted cartoons at AverageMohamed.com, aimed at children between the ages of 8-16. Using verses from the … Read More

St. Louis Blues: An Old Refrain In Grand Jury Decision

By Howard Fineman

Huffington Post

November 25, 2014

If you know St. Louis, or Missouri for that matter, you know that the family of Michael Brown had no chance, and that police Officer Darren Wilson would go free. St. Louis is a lovely place, but legally it can be a toxic police mixture of the Midwestern love of social order and Border State race-based severity. Not surprisingly, the Missouri state legislature has chosen repeatedly to ignore a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of 1985, which held that a police officer cannot use lethal force a … Read More

two poems accepted

November 24, 2014

I just had two poems accepted for the Winter Solstice issue of Mused: The BellaOnline Poetry Review. There’s no payment for getting published; there’s just exposure. And it’s better than having my poetry sit unread on my hard drive. Mused … Continue reading → … Read More

How Do You Spell Scapegoat? H-A-G-E-L

By William Kristol

The Weekly Standard

November 24, 2014

So Chuck Hagel has been fired as defense secretary. We were critical of his appointment, and opposed his confirmation by the Senate. But let’s be clear: Hagel has done what he was asked and what was expected of him at the Pentagon. To the degree he has deviated from the Obama White House line, he’s been more right than wrong (e.g., on the threat the Islamic State poses). … Read More

Another Deadline that Means Nothing, as The Obama administration Capitulates to Iran

By Ron Radosh

PajamasMedia.com

November 23, 2014

  This evening, Sunday the 23rd at 7 p.m. East Coast time, the AP just posted a dispatch stating that the United States negotiators have just asked Iran to consider an extension of the nuclear talks. Another deadline- this one tomorrow, Nov.24th, which was supposed to the final one, has been scrapped by the United […] … Read More

With immigration action, Obama calls his opponents’ bluff

By E.J. Dionne Jr.

Washington Post

November 23, 2014

Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Read full article >> … Read More

Colbert King: Marion Barry’s intricate path through D.C. history

By Colbert I. King

Washington Post

November 23, 2014

Marion Barry received his final call. In a recent column, I described the four-term mayor as one of Washington’s most enduring political warhorses. Noting the release of his book “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.,” I observed that the 78-year-old Barry, instead of thinking about hanging it up, was telling stories about himself. “These writings are preparation for the next chapter. There’s simply no stopping war horses until the good Lord cal … Read More

Recalling Rockefeller

By George Will

Washington Post Writers Group

November 23, 2014

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The lessons of November 1963

By Colbert I. King

Washington Post

November 21, 2014

Most of us who were alive 51 years ago remember exactly what we were doing the moment we heard that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. That day in Dallas significantly changed my perspective on the presidency and American institutions. Read full article >> … Read More

Rosen: Political winds are fickle

By Mike Rosen

Denver Post

November 21, 2014

Just about everyone agrees, political campaigns can be very annoying. Omnipresent negative ads flood radio and TV, filled with exaggerations, over-simplifications, half-truths and outright lies. … Read More

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