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Something Wicked

Okay, most of the country is worried about Donald Trump. About a third of the country isn’t – he really could shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue and they’d still say he’s wonderful. And then there are these … Continue reading

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What Hillary Would Do

America is always at war. On October 7, 2001, it was Operation Enduring Freedom – war in Afghanistan. We’re still there. On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea and we did something about that. That was Harry Truman’s … Continue reading

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The Age’s Most Uncertain Hour

Ten years ago it was The Simpsons Movie – Matt Groening’s send-up of just about everything – which of course had its earnest and rather clueless news anchor – “Kent Brockman here, reporting on a crisis so serious it has … Continue reading

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The Pariah President

English borrows a lot of words from other languages. Ketchup may have come from the Cantonese “keh jup” – tomato sauce or tomato juice – or it may have come from the Malay word “kicap” – fish sauce – but … Continue reading

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Trump’s Island

“No man is an island” – that’s how the famous John Donne poem opens. In the middle there’s this – “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.” And it ends with a warning – “Therefore never … Continue reading

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Tales from the Crypt

Andrew Ross Sorkin is an interesting fellow – a business reporter for the New York Times and a co-host on CNBC in the mornings, but really a teller of tales. He makes that dry financial stuff novelistic – vivid complex … Continue reading

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The Birth of a New Nation

It’s happened before. In 1915, the first motion picture, ever, was screened at the White House – D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation – starring Lillian Gish as the sweet young (white) thing menaced by stupid and sexually … Continue reading

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