Tag Archives: Extending Unemployment Benefits

Moral Backfilling

The political world stops a few days before Christmas. The House called it a year, having blocked as much legislation as possible and having passed next to nothing at all, and went home. The Senate, which had actually passed both … Continue reading

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Guessing What Wins

Political junkies like to think about who will win the next election and why – who made the big gaffe, who looked good in the debates, who had the most to spend, and who masterfully managed the key structural elements … Continue reading

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Our Ways of Telling Ourselves Who We Are

How Americans like to think of themselves changes over time – we’re bold and daring, and the kind of folks who say what they mean and to hell with anyone who’s offended by our loud bluntness, but we’re also live-and-let … Continue reading

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Fireworks at the Far End of America

This Fourth of July evening was pretty cool in Hollywood. From way up here at the foot of the Hollywood Hills you can look out the window and see the fireworks displays in the distance, down in the flats. And … Continue reading

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When a Tradition Should Fragment

Over time traditions fragment – probably because over time the ways we receive information mutate and expand. Gutenberg figures how to print books – so that many identical copies, relatively inexpensive, can be distributed far and wide – and everyone … Continue reading

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