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Richard Nixon: The Last Liberal President?

By at July 28, 2016 | 12:06 pm | 74 Comments

Richard Nixon: The Last Liberal President?

It’s been forty years since Richard Nixon’s obsession with Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers backfired and led to the 1971 landmark First Amendment Decision, i.e., New York Times v. United States. The ruling made it possible for newspapers to publish the then-classified Pentagon Papers without risk of government sanction. For a man “kicked around […]

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Holding the American People Hostage

By at March 18, 2013 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Holding the American People Hostage

Judges who wish to assure that a jury has no outside influence will sequester them. Legally, a sequestered jury is seized by authority and isolated from all outside influences. The jurors are escorted into and out of the courtroom. They aren’t allowed to read newspapers, listen to radio news, or watch TV news, ’lest they […]

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The No News News Media

By at February 4, 2013 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

The No News News Media

There was a lot of news last week. Some of it was even reported by the news media. First, there was a football player from Notre Dame who either did or didn’t know that his girlfriend was or wasn’t real, but died sometime during the season. Six column headlines for several days announced the fraud. […]

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Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

By at August 24, 2012 | 10:57 am | 0 Comment

Romney Tax Return Provides a Window to His Soul

When a craven of buffoons and bigots disguised in the bodies of Birthers figured that anyone with dark skin and a foreign name had to be born outside the U.S., Barack Obama provided a birth certificate. Not just the usual “short form,” but a state-certified copy of the “long form” that detailed he was born […]

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Will that be one term, or two

By at July 14, 2011 | 11:36 am | 1 Comments

Will that be one term, or two

“Do you think Obama will get a second term?” my lunch mate asked. “It depends,” I said. We agreed there are some critical issues going into the 2012 election season. The price of gas and the job market probably top the list. The national debt might be significant, but I’m inclined to think not. Most […]

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Congressional End Run

By at July 6, 2011 | 6:14 pm | 82 Comments

Congressional End Run

During the great debate over the Constitution – a seminal moment in human history – the Framers’ fears and anxieties about government were laid bare, including a near mortal dread over the accumulation of too much power in either the Executive or Judicial branches.  It was “self evident” to these former rebels and outlaws that […]

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CNN’s Debate Debacle

By at June 14, 2011 | 1:16 pm | 694 Comments

CNN’s Debate Debacle

Last night CNN gave me an experience I never knew I needed; through the magic of technology and some overzealous producers, we witnessed what a debate would look like if run by a college senior with ADD and access to way too much technology.  In two hours CNN reduced political discourse in this country to […]

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