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Bob Herbst is a political and public policy junkie. He has spent 40 years trying cases as a federal prosecutor, criminal defense lawyer and civil rights and employment lawyer. He is also on the Independent Counsel to the Special (UN) Court for Sierra Leone.

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Israel's War on Gaza: American Jews Must Speak Out

(25) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 3:59 PM

I know how tough this is, but at some point, we have to overcome our tribal loyalties and speak out. The injustice we are seeing inflicted on a defenseless civilian population is just too massive to tolerate any longer, notwithstanding that those inflicting it are our landsmen, using weapons provided...

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The Masters Bends the Rules for Tiger Woods

(3) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 4:04 PM

The Rules of Golf were designed to foster the integrity of the game. Golf professionals are supposed to police themselves. When they sign their scorecard, they acknowledge their responsibility to record their scores accurately, in accordance with the Rules. Any golf professional not completely familiar with those Rules plays the...

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It's Not Just Europe: Who Can Bring the World to Its Senses?

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 4:17 PM

The New York Times's senior editorial writer on foreign affairs, David C. Unger, asks in a Sunday Observer column, "Who Can Bring the E.U. To Its Senses?" Suggesting the original, wrongheaded, revised-at-the-last-minute Cyprus bailout plan as a paradigm, Unger focuses on "Europe's outdated decision-making machinery," noting how difficult...

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From the Late Settler Rabbi for Peace: Hear O Israel (and America): Give Up Your Pride and Arrogance

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 2:53 PM

President Obama's upcoming trip to Israel prompts us to note the death from cancer last week of a fascinating and prophetic religious figure in the West Bank -- Chief Rabbi Menachem Froman of the Takoa settlement, a few miles from the Dead Sea. Froman was known as the "settler rabbi...

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Vacation Musings on Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 3:54 PM

I have recently returned from skiing in Colorado, which is experiencing its second low-snow season in a row. According to one local resident who has been custom-fitting boots and skiing in Aspen for more than 40 years, this has not happened since the 1970s. Having skied out there off and...

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No Sanity Yet in the American Response to Gun Carnage

(27) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 11:08 AM

Forgive me for thinking that, after Newtown, the tide would shift on guns -- that a cry would go up throughout the land; that the verbal descriptions of 20 little bodies lying lifeless on their school house floor, rent through with three to 11 high-powered bullets each, would be sickening...

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Why Is Phil Mickelson So Tee'd Off About Taxes?

(450) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 4:20 PM

In his second inaugural, President Obama called upon us to rededicate ourselves to the nation's enduring values -- freedom and equality, and squaring those ideals with reality -- by rebuilding our country and its infrastructure, so that the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness will not be limited to the...

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