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AKA “Notorious RBG”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman in history to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1933. In 1954, she was one of nine women in a class of more than 500 at Harvard Law, before graduating at the top of her class at Columbia Law in 1959. […]

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How Obama and Hillary Clinton Failed as Politicians

by Ralph Seliger COMPARED TO REPUBLICANS, Democrats are shockingly bad at “doing politics.” (See this December 14 New York Times op-ed, “Buck Up, Democrats, and Fight Like Republicans,” by Dahlia Lithwick and David S. Cohen.) For example, why isn’t the public being reminded ad nauseam of Hillary Clinton’s three-million-vote lead over Trump? With the exception […]

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OpEdge: The Make-Busy Congress

by Marc Jampole THERE MIGHT BE some possibility of convincing Donald Trump and the Republicans not to build a wall along the Mexican border if they sincerely felt threatened by an invasion of undocumented immigrants. Once they learned that more of the undocumented have been leaving the U.S. than entering over the past few years, […]

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OpEdge: Reevaluating the Obama Presidency

by Marc Jampole A FEW YEARS BACK, I rated Barack Obama as the sixth best president of the twelve we have had since World War II, behind Johnson, Clinton, Eisenhower, Nixon, and Carter, in descending order. At the time, I wrote, “Obama is basically a pro-business, anti-union liberal who shares the consensus view that the […]

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The Safety Net, the Poor — and the Democrats

NEARLY 50 MILLION AMERICANS LIVE IN POVERTY. WHAT IF THEY VOTED? by Allan Lichtenstein AFTER THE DEMOCRATS lost seats in both houses of Congress last November, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), in a speech to the National Press Club blamed the losses on Obamacare. “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them (in 2008),” […]

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The Snafus Don’t Invalidate the Good of Obamacare

by Marc Jampole So far, the rollout of the health exchanges — the heart of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — has reminded me of the incompetence associated with the Bush II Administration. The interesting part of the Obama Administration’s bungling of the rollout is that the mistakes have not been made now in the […]

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