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Sandy Goodman
Sandy Goodman, a retired producer for NBC Nightly News, is a freelance writer. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Entries by Sandy Goodman

Shame on 'Washington Post' for a Coverup

(87) Comments | Posted April 5, 2016 | 10:44 AM

"I never met a newspaperman who didn't have a glass jaw," my first boss in television news told me way back in 1958. His own jaw was made of steel. He was Ted Yates, a brilliant, fearless ex-Marine combat correspondent in the Korean War, a conservative cowboy from Wyoming who...

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A Case of Religious Freedom? Hell, No!

(15) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 9:55 AM

The idiocy that currently pervades this country is faithfully reflected in a case that was argued Wednesday before the short-handed United States Supreme Court. The issue is over whether religiously-affiliated universities, hospitals, charities, and other such organizations should be exempt from Obamacare's requirement that employees of those groups be covered...

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Voting for Sanders Is Voting Republican

(883) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 8:30 PM

Democrats have such a nasty habit of trashing themselves that it's remarkable they ever win an election. Take the situation right now. They have, effectively, two presidential candidates. One, Hillary Clinton, looked like a sure winner and a shoo-in to be the next president. The other, Bernie Sanders, is unelectable....

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Why Bob Needed Two Bar Mitzvahs

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 8:39 PM

Adult bar mitzvahs are not all that uncommon among American Jews these days. But two bar mitzvahs for a single person? That certainly doesn't happen very often. But here's one unusual, interesting instance when it did.

On November 24, 1945, I attended the first bar mitzvah of my friend Bob...

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Bad for the Jews, Bad for America

(569) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 12:03 PM

The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other. The result is not only bad for the Jews, but...

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Is Alan Guilty of Gross Ingratitude?

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 11:23 AM

The classic definition of a person with chutzpah, the Jewish word for shameless audacity, describes a child who murders both parents, then whines for mercy for being an orphan.

Admittedly, Alan Gross doesn't go far enough to fit that definition, and at age 65 is a bit...

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Good Guys, Bad Guys and Guns

(8) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31-years old of Las Vegas, is a hero. Trouble is, he's a dead hero. "Joseph died trying to protect others," Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.

Wilcox's death is the latest evidence that gun-crazies, like the National Rifle Association's leader Wayne La Pierre, are dead wrong in...

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George Will Strikes Out vs. Obamacare

(562) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Right-wing columnist George Will tries to change his image as a pompous snob by being a big baseball fan, just another one of us common folks.

But Spurious George, who has no problem paying for his own healthcare and, at age 73, can always depend on Medicare, doesn't...

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Post Columnist Is Big Offender on CBO Obamacare Report

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 10:04 AM

Republicans were, as usual, hysterical in their lies and distortions about the Congressional Budget Office's report on Obamacare's effects on jobs and the economy. Various GOP leaders or groups falsely cited CBO as saying the law would have a "devastating impact on jobs;" that it would result in...

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Christie's to Blame Even If He Didn't Know

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 8:29 AM

Chris Christie says in an interview published Monday that he's "readier" than he was before to be president. That's the latest word from the embattled New Jersey governor on his White House abilities.

It follows a spate of recent reports that Christie is now winning the...

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A Holiday Worth Celebrating

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 9:45 AM

Millions of our Latin-American neighbors, and some of us, have just celebrated a wonderful holiday. It's a shame that so many millions of Americans are not even aware of it, and have never considered whether our neighbors have an idea worth adopting.

The holiday is referred to in Spanish...

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Republicans Stink: Don't Ever Forget It

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 6:37 PM

Two years ago, in a Huffington Post blog headlined: "Republicans: The Single Greatest Threat to America," I quoted the words of a veteran reporter, Robert Parry, who outlined today's GOP strategy for dealing with a Democratic president:

Modern Republicans have a simple approach to politics when they...
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Why Our Politics Don't Work Any More

(5) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 2:47 PM

OK, so the latest Republican-manufactured crisis is finally over. But we're on warning that they could do it all over again in just three months. Which gets us to the question of why our government is so dysfunctional.

One big reason is that it wasn't designed to operate...

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Warning: Time Warner-CBS Clash Points Up Big Trouble Ahead

(36) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:06 PM

You've probably never heard of Susan Crawford. But these days there ought to be dozens of airplanes pulling banners with her name on them flying over New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas -- signs that also read: "DAMMIT SUSAN YOU WERE RIGHT."

That's because Ms. Crawford, a...

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Who's the State Sponsor of Terrorism, Cuba or the US?

(9) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 5:32 PM

President Obama may be determined to repeal George W. Bush's global war on terrorism. But that didn't stop the State Department from declaring last week, on the flimsiest of evidence, that Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism for the 30th straight year.

This, despite...

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Hillary Hospitalized: Happy Now, Rupert?

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 10:23 AM

If more evidence were ever needed that Rupert Murdoch's people and some other Republican media types are less than human, we have that evidence now.

It came last Sunday night, after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital with a blood clot...

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Willard's Last Gaffe?

(209) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 7:11 PM

Of all the political misfits who've run for president in the sixty-odd years since I've been following politics, Willard M. Romney is surely among the dumbest. First, he wrongly writes off almost half the voters -- 47 percent -- as a bunch of irresponsible moochers, explaining that, if...

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The Most Astounding Thing About This Election

(21) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 9:42 AM

The astounding 2012 presidential election ended four days late Saturday when President Obama was finally declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes, raising his total to 332 against Mitt Romney's 206 and assuring him a margin of more than three million popular ballots. As astonishing...

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What Happened to Obama in Debate #1?

(28) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Unfortunately, Wednesday night's debate makes the headlined question necessary. The president performed so badly, appeared so out of touch, so tongue-tied, so unwilling or unable to engage with Romney or refute his obvious lies, so oblivious to the realities of television that he kept grimly looking down at his notes...

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Romney to Half of Us: Not My Job to Worry About You

(25) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 11:55 AM

"It's not my job to worry about those people," declared Willard M. Romney. Incredibly, this man born with two silver feet in his mouth was speaking ABOUT almost half the population of the United States, the 47 percent of Americans who, because they're too poor, disabled, unemployed, or...

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