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Bought & Paid For

Donald Trump preaches an unadulterated version of a materialistic gospel. Money, he says, is the measure of all things. This is not just vulgar, but dangerous.

Bring Back the Gallows?

The Court’s threat is clear: If the manufacturers of midazolam decide to step aside, the states can always return to the firing squad or electric chair or gallows.

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.

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.

Bring Back the Drachma

Greece may be better off outside the eurozone: Austerity policies have generated a catastrophic collapse of GDP, a worsening of unemployment, and bank shutdowns.

The Road to Character

Brooks thinks character is what’s missing in our self-centered society, yet has written a self-help book for an age he believes values the self much too highly.

A Better Way

The deal struck by the United States and its partners with Iran to dismantle that nation's capacity to build a nuclear weapon looks like a remarkable achievement.

Artist, Activist, Martyr

Bolivia's gift to Francis of a hammer-and-sickle crucifix implied its artist was a secret Marxist. I was disconcerted: This was not at all the Luis Espinal I knew.

Pomp & Circumstances

For supporters of same-sex marriage, Obergefell is definitely a victory. But the victory is not primarily one for the Supreme Court—or for Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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.

Last Word: Two Confederate Flags

While my husband snapped photos of the flag, I stood in silent debate with Big Ed. And then I spied another Confederate flag; an unwelcome sensation came over me.
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