Tag Archives: Government Shutdown

The Imaginary Common Good

Back in junior high school, when dinosaurs roamed the earth – it does seem that long ago – we all had to take Civics, so we’d understand how our government works, how we elect people who disagree with each other … Continue reading

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No Sufficient Second

John Boehner is gone, or as good as gone. November will find him back in Ohio, no longer Speaker of the House and no longer a congressman. He grinned when he resigned. He sang a bit of that Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Da song … Continue reading

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The Third Story

Live long enough and you meet all sorts of people. The “special events” producer at CNN, with her Emmy and all, had stories about how hard it was to cover things like political conventions and state visits. There were a … Continue reading

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Base Moves

Ten years ago everyone was trying to figure out what happened the year before. In spite of the mess that Iraq was becoming, and the mess Afghanistan already was, George W. Bush was reelected. Saddam Hussein had no weapons of … Continue reading

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Eventual Equilibrium

At the moment there’s a storm rolling into Southern California – heavy rain in the forecast, and high winds and possible small tornadoes – a rare event. But the word is that this massive storm will arrive at midnight and … Continue reading

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Deciding Which Game to Win

Many see politics as a grand game – a sport of sorts. Reporters handicap candidates – the word they actually use – and talk about who will win the Horse Race. And in campaigns, and particularity in debates, it’s all … Continue reading

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What Happens Next

It’s simple human nature to wonder what happens next, given what’s happening now, which is why there is science fiction, speculative fiction for an anxious public – but the flying saucers from the tacky black-and-white low-budget fifties movies never showed … Continue reading

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