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David Bender

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Fallen Snow

Posted January 20, 2011 | 14:00:21 (EST)

One year ago today, my friend of 20 years, the legendary singer/songwriter Phoebe Snow, suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage in her New Jersey apartment. She was rushed to the hospital, where doctors quickly performed surgery that undoubtedly saved her life. They succeeded in stopping the bleeding in her brain. And,...

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Perceiving Reality

Posted May 10, 2008 | 02:13:13 (EST)

I am continually astonished at the absence of irony -- call it an "irony deficiency" -- in the ever-shifting declarations of the participants in this presidential campaign.

No one needs a bigger booster shot than Bill Clinton.

Shortly after Senator Clinton's near-loss...

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Dear Al: It's Time to Put That Nobel Prize to Work

Posted March 9, 2008 | 23:13:28 (EST)

"If Sen. Clinton wants to take the debate to various places, we'll join that debate. We'll do it on our terms and in our own way but if she wants to make issues like ethics and disclosure and law firms and real estate deals and all that stuff issues, as...
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How Hillary Can Lose By Winning

Posted January 14, 2008 | 20:00:23 (EST)

Here's something you might not know: coming out of the first two contests, it is actually Barack Obama, not Hillary Clinton, who has so far won the most votes. Because his margin of victory in Iowa was far greater than her narrow victory in New Hampshire, and because almost twice...

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Posted December 18, 2007 | 15:26:05 (EST)

The good news for Senator Hillary Clinton is that she received the Des Moines Register endorsement. The bad news is that she got it a full 18 days before the Iowa caucuses. Four years ago, when the Register's support helped kick-start John Edwards' campaign into a surprise second-place finish behind...

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Joie de Merv

Posted August 12, 2007 | 21:58:35 (EST)

Merv Griffin has died. In 2002, I had the great privilege and joy of helping him to write his last memoir, Merv: Making the Good Life Last. I don't use the word "joy" casually here, because the good life he exemplified was more than one of riches and material achievement,...

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