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Lying About War

by Dusty Sklar   DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN presidents alike have this in common: They lie to us about war. Even Barack Obama, upright as he seems, lied to us about U.S. intervention in Libya’s 2011 civil war. When Obama addressed the nation on March 28, 2011, he told us that  the task assigned our forces  was “to protect the […]

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OpEdge: The Torture Man Returns

by Marc Jampole IN ITS CONTINUING attempt to characterize as illegal the Trump Administration’s ban on immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim countries, the New York Times has either allowed itself to be manipulated by a long-time supporter of torture or doesn’t really mean when its editors frequently write that the Times thinks torture is […]

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“Islamo-Fascism” in Miniature

by Lawrence Bush Discussed in this essay: The Way of the Strangers, Encounters with the Islamic State, by Graeme Wood. Random House, 2017, indexed, 317 pages. IN JANUARY 2003, when I stood wearing a sign that said, “Freezing My Ass Off for Peace” amid hundreds of thousands of protestors against George W. Bush’s imminent invasion […]

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December 23: Pardoning the Makhalnik

President George W. Bush granted a posthumous presidential pardon to Charlie Winters, who had been jailed for illegally assisting Israel in its 1948 war of independence, on this date in 2008. “An Irish Protestant from Boston, [Winters] took up the clandestine cause from his perch in Miami and helped ferry military planes to Israeli fighters, […]

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September 27: William Safire

William Safire (Safir), the favorite conservative of New York liberals because of his humorous, shrewd, and authoritative writing on language usage in the New York TImes, died at 79 on this date in 2009. A college dropout, Safire became a successful public relations professional who arranged the Nixon-Khrushchev “kitchen debate” at an U.S. home products […]

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January 14: Nina Totenberg and Esther Kartiganer

Two important Jewish women in broadcasting were born on this date: National Public Radio’s Supreme Court correspondent, Nina Totenberg (shown at left), born in New York in 1944, and 60 Minutes producer Esther Kartiganer, born in Berlin in 1938. Totenberg’s scoops have included Anita Hill’s accusations against Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, which led the […]

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OpEdge: Carson’s Alternative Reality

by Marc Jampole EVERY DAY we’re learning more about the fantasy world that presidential candidate Ben Carson inhabits. Carson believes in a curious hodgepodge of fantasies, discredited myths, false ideas, and inaccuracies, all of which he seems to have determined a priori, that is, before he considered any evidence outside his own longings or those […]

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The Iran Index

Who’s Backing the Deal by Nicholas Jahr The Iran deal has unleashed a feeding frenzy of op-eds, as everyone weighs in on centrifuge storage and uranium enrichment and breakout time and trust and verification and diplomacy. (The 60-day review period is clearly Congress’ gift to op-editors across the country and around the world.) A few […]

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