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The Excruciating Worth of Criticism

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The democratic experiment is neither certain nor assured. It takes courage and perseverance, a willingness to wrestle with the toughest issues and to...

An Eye for an Eye, Unless You're Rich

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

As we lurch uncontrollably toward Election Day, choosing our next set of lawmakers, I've been looking for a way to cast some light on what is at stake. I think that I've found it in the oldest legal code -- the Code of Hammurabi, from 1772 B.C.

Getting The Bible Right On Abortion

Richard Elliott Friedman | Posted 08.08.2011 | Religion
Richard Elliott Friedman

People sometimes derive law about abortion from a biblical law in which someone, in the course of a fight, strikes a pregnant woman, and she goes into labor.