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Republican Proposals for Job "Growth" Won't Work -- and Here's the Proof

(1) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 2:47 PM

There they go again, Republicans will shout -- more Bush bashing. No, this discussion of job creation under our former president is not an attempt to blame him for our current dilemma, at least not all of it. Nor am I trying to rescue him from the ballgame-attending semi-obscurity to...

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It's Too Late for Troy Davis, But It's Not Too Late for Us

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 7:26 PM

Like so many people, I was unfamiliar with the Troy Davis case until a week ago. My death-penalty views extend beyond the usual left-liberal's opposition into a fairly absolutist anti stance. (When pressed on occasion, I try to shut off the discussion by saying "I was opposed to executing Eichmann....

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Remembering the Extraordinary Elaine Kaufman as a Non-Celebrity Friend

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 3:33 PM

Since Elaine Kaufman's death nearly a week ago, there has been an avalanche of words written and spoken about this iconic New York restaurateur. Most were written by -- or about -- the celebrated writers and journalists who made her simple eatery such an institution for more than 45 years....

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The Incestuous Merkins Produce Ethically Murky Doings at the New York Times

(13) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 2:18 AM

Last Sunday's "Week in Review" section of the New York Times carried an Op-Ed piece on the Bernie Madoff saga by frequent Times contributor Daphne Merkin, carrying the somewhat opaque title "If Looks Could Steal."

The rather bizarre thrust of Ms. Merkin's musings about the Madoff...

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Bonus Cry Baby

(4) Comments | Posted March 26, 2009 | 5:05 PM

Jake DeSantis's "Dear A.I.G., I Quit!", the lead Op-Ed in yesterday's New York Times, seemed, on first reading, to be so risibly self-serving that I was certain that Mr. DeSantis had succeeded only in exposing himself to near universal ridicule.

However, as the day wore on, my in-box...

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Sarah Palin--The Next "Great McGinty"?

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2008 | 10:21 PM

Sarah Palin--The Next "Great McGinty"?

By Roger Smith

Like most of America, I awoke this morning to read/hear the usual voices of the commentariat holding forth on last night's debate. No surprises there. But I was struck by an email I received from an...

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Reading the Right on Rove

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2007 | 8:26 PM

We liberals are frequently accused by the right of only listening to views we find congenial. (This accusation is usually made by people who watch Bill O'Reilly, listen to Rush AND read the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal...oh, never mind.)

Well, good liberal that I...

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The Fair and Balanced Myth

(23) Comments | Posted March 18, 2007 | 10:23 PM

Today's Meet the Press provided yet another vivid reminder of how the "even-handedness" of the American media--electronic and print--plays into the hands of the Bush administration, indeed into ideologues of nearly every stripe. Tim Russert presented a colloquium on how the US should best proceed in Iraq with four carefully...

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How Long Can David Brooks Play Three-Card Monte?

(5) Comments | Posted March 13, 2007 | 3:40 PM

The never-say-die hypocrisy of the Bush apologists remains nearly as amusing as it is infuriating. When it comes from double-digit IQ apparatchiks like nearly anyone on Fox News, then we can all have a laugh. But when those like David Brooks, with both the imprimatur of the New York Times...

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