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Philip Weiss

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Rethinking Zionism

(294) Comments | Posted January 11, 2009 | 1:33 PM

Dana Goldstein, whose thoughtful condemnation of the Gaza slaughter after years of reserve I welcome, is a little uncomfortable with the embrace. She points out that I have identified myself as a non- or anti-Zionist, and says that anti-Zionism is redolent of antisemitism. She's a post-Zionist, she says....

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, I Mean Valerie (Plame)

(48) Comments | Posted May 7, 2006 | 11:21 PM

Valerie (Plame) (Wilson) -- who can be sure which name to parenthesize -- is said to be getting $2.5 million for a memoir of her life as a CIA analyst, demonstrating that the leaking of her name is the best thing that ever happened to her career.

Much as I...

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Stephen Colbert Is Against the War

(72) Comments | Posted May 3, 2006 | 11:11 AM

The Colbert Report may be the best show on television, but when 60 Minutes flacked the show last week it abandoned its responsibility and didn't quiz Colbert about his politics. Morley Safer just chuckled along with Colbert from start to finish, making him out to be some take-on-all-sides entertainer.


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Kenneth Pollack, Iran Expert Who's Never Been There

(29) Comments | Posted May 2, 2006 | 11:04 PM

I just got a copy of Ken Pollack's latest book on Iran, The Persian Puzzle, and was shocked on flipping to page 429, the Author's Note at the end of the book, to read that Pollack has never been to Iran and doesn't speak Persian, has only dribs and drabs...

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The Most Difficult Relationship

(23) Comments | Posted April 28, 2006 | 9:25 PM

The other day my wife brought a friend into my office. I was downstairs, but I heard her say, "This is Phil's office. Watch out, you'll need a tetanus shot later." It was a comment on the messiness of my office. And not something I can argue with.

Marriage is...

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Harvard Crimson Has Thrashed Others on Plagiarism Story

(19) Comments | Posted April 26, 2006 | 5:45 PM

If you want to know the facts about the Harvard plagiarism scandal, don't go to the Times' lame and protective coverage. The Harvard Crimson has thrashed the Times and all others on the Kaavya Viswanathan story.

Today the Times failed to include a key statement in the case...

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Chris Matthews, War Hero

(117) Comments | Posted April 21, 2006 | 3:52 PM

A few nights ago, Chris Matthews greeted the new White House spokesman, Dan Bartlett, with a barrage of angry questions. Why did the Administration say that oil revenues would pay for the reconstruction of Iraq? Why did the Administration say that the war would bring oil prices down? Bartlett tried...

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The Godmother of the Sopranos

(7) Comments | Posted April 5, 2006 | 8:19 PM

The real surprise in the third episode of The Sopranos was a throwaway line from Carmela Soprano, when she tells her hospitalized husband Tony she thinks one of his lieutenants has been holding back some of the vig in periodic payments.

You weren't supposed to notice this line in the...

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Political Fear and the Limits of Public Discussion

(26) Comments | Posted April 3, 2006 | 11:10 PM

A conversation that has been boiling below the surface for three years has finally broken out openly in the last few weeks: Is America too close to Israel? Should our policy in the Middle East be more evenhanded towards the Palestinians and Arabs?

It's obvious why that conversation has broken...

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