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OpEdge: When Commencement Speakers Chicken Out

by Marc Jampole Across the country, colleges are holding graduation ceremonies for hundreds of thousands of graduates. But what used to be called the graduation season is rapidly gaining a new name: commencement speaker cancellation season. This year, in particular, there seems to be a large number of high profile commencement speakers who have backed […]

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OpEdge: Christian Prayers and Public Meetings

by Marc Jampole I’m still flabbergasted at the naiveté — or perhaps lack of experience in the world — displayed by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in his majority opinion upholding the right of upstate New York government officials to say Christian prayers before town meetings. Kennedy writes that the case comes down to whether people are […]

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OpEdge: Does the Public Care When Candidates Lie?

by Marc Jampole Perhaps the most talked-about moment in the second presidential debate was Mitt Romney’s unfortunate elision of “binders full of resumes of women” into “binders full of women.” Many Democrats and feminists have been giving Romney a hard time about the remark. The remark, as stated, does commodify women — but give the […]

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OpEdge: Racism and the Election

by Marc Jampole As it turns out, when you put the voters leaning one way or another in the respective columns of President Obama and Mitt Romney (I am reluctant to call him governor, sine he has repudiated everything he did as governor of Massachusetts), there are only 3-5 percent of likely voters who are […]

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OpEdge: Justice Roberts, As Usual

by Marc Jampole I didn’t make a prediction in print on whether the Supreme Court would rule that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional or not, but I told several friends that I thought the vote would be 6-3 in favor of the law. I figured that Roberts always votes for the best interests of […]

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OpEdge: Bin Laden as a Political Distraction

By Marc Jampole Both President Obama and the Republicans have been playing misdirection games on the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden, using pseudo-issues to keep our minds off what should be our central concerns as we contemplate the capture and then illegal assassination of the symbol of anti-American terrorism. Obama was happy […]

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OpEdge: The Three-Way Battle for Control of the Internet

  by Marc Jampole The one-day protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) accomplished its objective: With three major sponsors running from the proposed legislation, SOPA and PIPA backers are scrambling to revise the law to make it more palatable to the Wikipedias and Googles of the […]

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