Category Archives: Politics

Is It Time for the Jews to Leave?

“Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?” asks Jeffrey Goldberg in the title of an Atlantic Monthly cover story. Of course it’s a cover story. With a provocative title like that, could it be anything less? The title … Continue reading

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Walk, Don’t Run

I know that Move.On.org wants to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president because I got in my inbox its recent online “poll” purportedly asking for my opinion about the idea of a draft Warren campaign. The Move.On polls were … Continue reading

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Mistakes Were Made

It has become a commonplace in our political discourse to accept, as fact, that government is incompetent. And, heaven knows, there’s been plenty of evidence of late to support that assertion. You’ve got the Center for Disease Control’s haphazard response … Continue reading

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For Israel, With Love

So my rabbi wants me to be “for” Israel. That was the clear point of his sermon on Rosh Hashanah. I had recently read an article entitled “Muzzled by the Minority,” in which Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, the former president … Continue reading

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Irreconcilable Differences

On Monday, three days before the Scottish referendum on independence from the UK, British Prime Minister David Cameron warned the residents of Scotland that “independence would not be a trial separation” and that, if they vote for independence, “there’s no … Continue reading

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Scotland, Maybe

Is Scotland going to secede from the United Kingdom? We’ll see soon enough. Scotland votes on its independence from the United Kingdom on September 18. But why is independence even an issue, especially if secession is as bad an idea … Continue reading

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Too Jewish

Eric Cantor lost because… Peter Suderman, in a blog post on Reason.com, does a good job of summarizing potential explanations. Theory 1: “It was about immigration reform and ‘amnesty.’” This was certainly the analysis most commentators offered on election night. … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on the Zimmerman Verdict

For the latter half of the twentieth century and arguably into the twenty-first, Texas was the black hole of American politics, the place that gave us not only the Kennedy assassination but, through Lyndon Johnson and the two Presidents Bush, … Continue reading

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Edward Snowden, Public Servant?

David Brooks recently wrote a very insightful column, entitled “The Solitary Leaker,” about Edward Snowden, the former Booz Allen systems administrator who released to a blogger for The Guardian thousands of classified documents relating to two top secret NSA programs. … Continue reading

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Slope-y Thinking

The current topography of the American political landscape seems to be made up entirely of hazards of one kind or another. We may have avoided going over the “fiscal cliff,” but, it appears, no matter which way we turn, we … Continue reading

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