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Starting off on the right foot 0

Happy new year! We all make our share of mistakes. I’ve learned making mistakes is the best way to learn. Thinking you can get it right all the time is wishful thinking. We’re not perfect … just human. Still, no one likes to repeat mistakes — unless, it seems, you’re the U.S. Congress, which seems […]

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Posted on: 01-5-2014
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Who wins in the GOP civil war? 0

2014 is shaping up to be a pivotal political year for Republicans. Voters in a handful of GOP primaries will have to decide if Washington will move toward responsible partisanship, or if the Capitol slides further into polarization, shutdowns, manufactured crises and other forms of dysfunction. The battle has already begun. Karl Rove, the political […]

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Posted on: 01-3-2014
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A tale of one city: Washington, D.C. 0

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So goes the first sentence in “A Tale of Two Cities.” It applies to us now. Except, 2013 was the tale of two old dysfunctional political parties in one city, Washington, D.C. Let’s look at the rest of Charles Dickens’ famous opening. How […]

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Posted on: 12-27-2013
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Losing today for the unknown 0

I find comfort and inspiration in music — all kinds of music. So when I see how obsessed the media have become with the 2016 U.S. presidential election — barely a year after the last one — I’m reminded of the Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle.” The chorus goes, “Time keeps on slippin’, […]

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Posted on: 12-20-2013
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Deal or no deal? 0

So Congress might pass a budget. Or it may not. Deja vu all over again, Chicken Little. The sky is falling — or it may not. Congress did not pass a budget from April 29, 2009, through March 2013. Why? Because Republicans wanted more cuts (“more, more — I’m still not satisfied”) and Democrats wanted […]

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Posted on: 12-14-2013
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With Mandela speech, Obama shows he can still stir the spirit 0

Let us not doubt, even in the age of deep cynicism, the power of words can still stir the spirit. And let us acknowledge, whatever our politics, that President Barack Obama has redefined oratory for our times, and perhaps more, revived it. Not all of his speeches are memorable. His talk on the 50th anniversary […]

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Posted on: 12-11-2013
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The second woman president 0

Who was the first black to play Major League Baseball? Everyone knows, of course. Jackie Robinson. But who was the second? (Larry Doby.) The great Willie Mays, who’s still fourth on the all-time career home runs list, was the seventh African-American to enter the majors. No one focuses on that. The first person to do […]

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Posted on: 12-10-2013
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The people’s pope 0

I enjoy good satire, whether from the right or the left. I think honest debate and cogent criticism are the political lifeblood of our country. But I believe, above all else, that we, individually and collectively, have a spiritual mission to heal the sick, provide for the poor, to civilize the world through acts of […]

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Posted on: 12-7-2013
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The life, legacy and lessons of Nelson Mandela 0

Today, as we mourn the loss of of one of history’s most transformational leaders, let us also pay tribute to his life and legacy. Let us dedicate ourselves to remembering his lessons and continue his efforts to spread Democracy, freedom and equality across the globe. Nelson Mandela was a civil rights activist, teacher, freedom fighter, […]

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Posted on: 12-5-2013
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Obama borrows a page from Reagan 0

Six of the world’s major powers (the so-called P5 plus one) reached a historic phased agreement with Iran to limit its nuclear development to peaceful uses. It’s difficult to overstate this accomplishment, which bridges 33 years of broken diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran. The change has come as the result of an intense, […]

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Posted on: 12-3-2013
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