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David Margolick [margolick@gmail.com], a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is completing a book about Sid Caesar and 'Your Show of Shows.' He would welcome thoughts or experiences of those who watched and enjoyed Caesar.

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Sid Caesar: A Tortured Genius's Long Legacy

(4) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:23 AM

Celebrities invariably fade into obscurity, but Sid Caesar faded more dramatically than most. He had been invisible for longer than just about any celebrity in the history of television. When he died on Wednesday at the age of 91, the first reaction of many was surprise: surprise that he was...

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The Curious Case of Newt Gingrich and the Jews

(20) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 12:34 PM

For all the comment it has generated, one aspect of the Gingrich campaign that has gone undiscussed is its extraordinary relationship with Jews. All at once, he is completely dependent on them, pandering to them, and demonizing them.

He's dependent because a right-wing Jewish billionaire, who's made his money in...

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Within a Racial Cold War, Some Signs of a Thaw

(65) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 8:04 AM

The two people who may best symbolize this country's historic racial divide are inching back toward one another. It's hardly a rapprochement, and please don't call it a "reconciliation." But for the first time in a decade, Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery are communicating. Their long and painful saga...

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Tommy Deary's Long Overdue Justice

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 8:15 PM

Francis Bergeron of Moosup, Connecticut is a calm and good-natured man in his early sixties. He's spent his life as in security at a nuclear plant, and he's not easily rattled. But when the subject turns to Father Bernard Bissonnette, and the experience he had with him more than fifty...

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John Updike, Hall of Famer

(12) Comments | Posted January 30, 2009 | 8:15 AM

I could have sworn I'd already read "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," John Updike's classic essay on Ted Williams' final game. Every serious, literate baseball fan has. But when I went through it this week, in the wake of Updike's death, I realized that simply could not be: it was...

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Caroline Kennedy: All Entitled, All the Time

(76) Comments | Posted December 31, 2008 | 9:55 AM

I'd wanted to meet Caroline Kennedy -- or, really, not meet her necessarily, but just to be in her presence, to sit across the table from her and look at her. It wasn't a good reason to do a story, but no one was asking and it looked legit: it...

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A Red Sox Fan Lovin' Those New Yankees

(6) Comments | Posted December 28, 2008 | 9:53 AM

The blogs in Boston are filled with the usual teeth-gnashing now that the Yankees have snatched another free agent out from under the Red Sox. Once again, Theo Epstein and John Henry, the team's general manager and principal owner, are the Harry Truman and Dean Acheson of the drama, the...

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Boola-Boola for the Electoral College

(55) Comments | Posted November 1, 2008 | 4:12 PM

Speaking up for the Electoral College is a bit like defending the English system of measurements. Like inches and gallons, electoral votes are supposedly one of those boneheaded legacies of days passed that can't be justified, or fixed. Every four years, there are calls to scrap the whole thing,...

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At Long Last, Some New Political Blood

(13) Comments | Posted February 25, 2008 | 11:56 AM

This past Sunday, while Ralph Nader unveiled his deja-vu candidacy on Meet the Press, the folks at much-maligned Fox News pulled off something much more impressive: they unveiled what could well be the future of American presidential politics. Or, at least for now, vice-presidential politics.

On the panel...

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Those Superdelegates are Super

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2008 | 4:31 PM

Boss Crump. Boss Hague. Boss Pendergast. Boss Daley. Boss Jim Gettys.

One might think they'd all suddenly been reincarnated -- as superdelegates. You know, those nefarious behind-the-scenes manipulators we're suddenly hearing all about, who are poised to rob the Democratic party yeoman of their God-given right to pick...

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Obama's Already Won

(184) Comments | Posted February 1, 2008 | 6:00 PM

It's nine months until the election, seven months until the Democratic national convention, and four days until Super Tuesday. But already, it's clear that Barack Obama has won, at least in one key respect. Only he can now say that at some point, some day, he will be the...

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Conservative Ceausescus

(195) Comments | Posted January 31, 2008 | 8:59 AM

It's highly entertaining to see conservative stalwarts like Rush Limbaugh, George Will, Robert Novak, and Grover Norquist inveighing against John McCain. Collectively, they and other panjandrums of the right are saying the same thing: that McCain isn't conservative enough for them, which means, ipso facto, that he's not conservative enough...

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Full Disclosure? Don't Bet on It.

(4) Comments | Posted January 14, 2008 | 8:33 AM

A few years ago, we learned that right-wing commentator Armstrong Williams, who had been noisily touting the virtues of "No Child Left Behind' on his radio program, was getting handsomely paid for his labors by the Bush administration's Department of Education. The liberal commentocracy went crazy, and rightly so....

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Do the Democrats Have Their Ticket?

(70) Comments | Posted January 9, 2008 | 7:52 AM

The conventional wisdom is that after New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential equation is murky. Who's the front runner? It's difficult to say. Viewed another way, though, the Democratic future might now be clear for the next four, eight, twelve, or even sixteen years.

After enduring the scare of her life,...

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The Real Winner in New Hampshire

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2008 | 2:42 AM

Last week, just after she'd had her clock cleaned in the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton came out and cheerily declared that what had just happened was a great night for the Democrats. Even for her it was a crowning moment of inauthenticity, a speech which -- regardless of your...

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Baseball Gods

(5) Comments | Posted January 7, 2008 | 2:47 PM

I tuned in with millions of others last night as Roger Clemens insisted to Mike Wallace that he never took steroids. Like everyone else watching 60 Minutes, I looked for that telltale tic or gulp or stammer, that slightly unnatural over or under-emphasis in something that Clemens said, that usually...

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Lessons from Little Rock

(5) Comments | Posted September 28, 2007 | 4:44 PM

Sometimes the most interesting events at historic commemorations are not on the program. Or they don't happen at all. Thus, at the ceremonies this week marking the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, there were no photographs of Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery together....

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