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Entries by Marty Kaplan from 07/2008

A "Great Debate" Ingrate (Me)

| Posted 07.06.2008 | Politics

Instead of genteel format tweaking, why not broadcast a presidential debate, say, from a crowded high school during lockdown and see which candidate can best connect with the future American workforce?

Sam's LA Times and Sam's LA Bagels

| Posted 07.14.2008 | Media

What's the difference between Sam Zell's Los Angeles Times and Sam's Bagels on Los Angeles' Larchmont Boulevard? None, if you take Mr. Zell's words to heart.

Beyond Sicko

| Posted 07.20.2008 | Politics

Pick any national metric of healthiness -- life expectancy, infant mortality, birth weight, chronic diseases incidence -- and America's comparative performance is in the cellar. How can this be?

"Ich bin ein Amerikaner"

| Posted 07.23.2008 | Politics

Both Obama and McCain have an opportunity to change the meaning, of what "I am an American" has come to signify around the world. For the sake of our national security, it can't come a moment too soon.

"What is it About George W. Bush that Makes you Want to Serve Him?"

| Posted 07.28.2008 | Politics

That's what former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely asked applicants for non-political jobs at DoJ. The question, of course, is against the law.

On Having Your (Political) Heart Broken

| Posted 07.31.2008 | Politics

Is mentioning the Enquirer story lashon hara, the evil tongue? If you can't talk about contemporary political discourse -- all of it, even the vile -- you can't talk about contemporary politics.