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Froma Harrop: The James Brown Paradox

When they said a candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long, they couldn’t have been talking about James Brown, whose surprising longevity made fools of the health-conscious.

Posted on Dec 31, 2006 READ MORE
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Robert Scheer: Silencing Saddam

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The grisly holiday hanging of Saddam Hussein has been greeted mostly with cheers from the media, but Truthdig editor Robert Scheer takes a different view, noting that even top Nazis, in the Nuremberg trials, received a far superior grade of justice.

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE

Andy Borowitz: Bush’s New Year’s Resolutions

The satirist reports on the president’s vows for 2007—which include organizing a hunting trip for Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Bookending the Acrimony of 2006

At year’s end, I pay tribute to the readers who took the time to offer their, ahem, colorful responses to my columns.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE

Ellen Goodman: Ready, Steady, Go

We underestimate America’s readiness to elect a non-white-male president.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE

Susan Estrich: What Revolution?

The gender pay gap is alive and worsening.

Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE

Robert Scheer: Ike Was Right

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Many critics of the war suggest that the U.S. remains in Iraq because it wants that nation’s petroleum. But oil is not the primary reason.  Instead, look to the military-industrial complex, a threat that President Eisenhower warned of in the 1960s.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Richard Walden: U.S. Embargoes Compassion for Cuba

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The president of a Los Angeles-based international relief agency writes that America’s inhumane policy toward Cuban aid remains tragically out of date.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Reese Erlich: Trouble Brewing in Paradise

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The award-winning investigative journalist probes the divided loyalties of Iraqi Kurdistan, where U.S. trainers are working to fold political militias into the Iraqi army.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

Froma Harrop: Obama, Say-Nothing Superstar

Americans would do well to get over their adolescent crush on the Illinois Democrat and be receptive to less glamorous contenders who carry real messages.

Posted on Dec 26, 2006 READ MORE

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