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The greatest game lives on

We took our twin grandsons to the circus recently, and they showed up in full baseball regalia: Washington Nationals hats and shirts. When we got home they grabbed their bats ... read more...


Open the gate for the next Gates

This year, April Fools’ Day has a new meaning. The fools are the foes of immigration and globalization who demand strict limits on the number of skilled foreign workers eligib... read more...


For Hillary Clinton, it’s now up to women

“I’m actually questioning my life because of what Hillary’s going through,” tennis icon Billie Jean King recently told Cokie during an interview for USA Weekend magazine. “It’... read more...


Flak and the fighter pilot

Now the spotlight swings to John McCain, who emerged from Super Tuesday with a commanding lead for the Republican nomination. Even though Democrats will enter the fall campaig... read more...


Why Washington is broken

Washington is broken. That’s the slogan Mitt Romney adopted in the waning days of the New Hampshire primary. And while the former Massachusetts governor trailed John McCain, h... read more...


Politics can wait, family can’t

We were having dinner with two dear friends and the talk turned to family. Both had lost their fathers many years ago, and recently, both had nursed their mothers through fina... read more...


Giving food this season

Here’s a last-minute gift idea that nobody will return: food. Instead of unearthing exactly the right present for someone who probably doesn’t need it (or even want it), you ... read more...


Comfort and joy, not gloom and doom

The Bush Administration, backed by allies in Israel and Europe, is trying hard to spread an unwelcome message: Don’t take the good news about Iran seriously. They make a comp... read more...


Summing up Trent Lott

When Sen. Trent Lott announced he was leaving Congress, all the stories emphasized the most infamous moment in his career: his remarks five years ago that glorified Strom Thur... read more...


Running right and running wrong

In the latest Marist College poll of Republican voters in New Hampshire, Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee are tied for fourth at 7 percent apiece. Fred Thompson languishes in sixth ... read more...


Why Americans hate Washington

Americans hate Washington these days, and for good reason. The president and Congress can’t solve even the most obvious and pressing problems. The clearest example of their fa... read more...


Rudy’s new best friend

So why is Rudy Giuliani – a thrice-married, pro-choice, Italian Catholic from New York – the leading candidate in a party that has moved steadily to the South, the West and th... read more...


The ‘agents of intolerance’ return

What role should faith play in American politics? How compatible is orthodox religion with the practical functioning of democracy? Those questions are posed by leaders of the... read more...


Getting tough with China

It’s time to get tough with China. On issue after issue – human rights, trade, Darfur, Iran – the leaders in Beijing have been playing a destructive role. And now, in Burma, t... read more...


Warming up to Hillary

Last spring, we gave a party honoring a friend who had written a book. The buzz among the guests was all about Barack Obama. One close ally of the Clintons confided that he wa... read more...



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