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Iran & the Case for Realism

The principal defense of Obama’s stewardship rests on the idea that his realism about what military power can and can’t achieve has recalibrated America's approach.

The More You Know

Nothing has changed me as much as being friends with gay people has. The theory, the doctrine, the dogma: it all disappears in the face of friendship and love.

Slap Them Sooner

Restoring the order of the sacraments of initiation for children of Catholic parents might help us see adolescent catechesis as a worthy endeavor in its own right.

When Yeats Comes Knocking

We are definitely in for another “Second Coming” revival, and Donald Trump is the least of it. The center is under siege all over the democratic world.

What Bernie's Moment Means

No one is more amazed about the buoyancy of his presidential candidacy than Bernie Sanders himself, which only adds to its charm. Now, in some polls, he's surging.

The Price Boehner Pays

A Republican representative's resolution to “vacate the chair” will likely once again remind John Boehner of the nature of the party caucus over which he presides.

How to Do a Funeral

No one in the congregation was paying much attention to what Father Pastor was saying about the deceased. They were focused on where he'd put his reading glasses.

He's Got Their Number

The problems that bother us most are those we bring on ourselves. That's why Republicans are out of sorts with Trump: They created the beast they now want to slay.

The Kasich-Walker Debate

It’s telling about today's Republican party: Kasich would probably be the better bet in the general election, while Walker has a better chance at the nomination.

Liberated by Grace

The African-American Christian tradition has been vital in our history for reasons of the spirit but also as a reminder that the Bible is a subversive book.

Momsplaining

My four-year-old son's questions make me smile. But they can also make me sweat: This is it, Mommy, a chance to set the kid straight or send him down the wrong road.

Charleston & the Politics of Evasion

Right away, anyone who wants to discuss the implications of the shooting is scolded for “politicizing a tragedy.” Thus debate is delayed until the urgency passes.
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