• An American Victim of Terror

    An American Victim of Terror

    Fifty years ago, supporters of Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign gathered for a victory party after a hard-fought California Primary. For those of us who were there at LA's Ambassador Hotel that fatal night, it became one of the most searing experiences of our lives. In retrospect, it's surprising that media…

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  • Misleading Headline Displays Bias

    Misleading Headline Displays Bias

    A front-page headline in the New York Times distorted a bold new initiative of the Trump administration and displayed that paper's long-standing grudge. Beneath a dramatic photo of a suspect being led away in handcuffs, the headline proclaimed: TRUMP TARGETS FEDERAL WORKERS IN ORDERS CURBING PROTECTIONS. First of all, the…

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  • Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom from Consequences

    Freedom of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom from Consequences

    When ABC canceled its top-rated Roseanne revival because of vile racist comments by its star, Americans received another reminder that freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from consequences. No, the government can't stop you from saying stupid things but a private business can terminate your employment if your offensive words…

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  • Message from the Royal Wedding

    Message from the Royal Wedding

    Media coverage of Britain's royal wedding focused mostly on breaks with tradition—with a biracial, divorced, American bride and a couple that lived together before marriage. But the ceremony itself also sent some more traditional messages: in a nation with church attendance half what it is in America, the Christian themes…

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  • The Miraculous Truth About Jerusalem

    The Miraculous Truth About Jerusalem

    Jerusalem is now the home of the United States Embassy in Israel, as it should be. But our first diplomatic presence in Jerusalem began in 1844, when we established a one-man consulate in the holy city. Why a mere consulate, and not an embassy? Because Jerusalem at the time wasn't…

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  • Gina Haspel: Punished for Loyal Service

    Gina Haspel: Punished for Loyal Service

    Gina Haspel has been selected by President Trump as the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency after serving the agency effectively for 32 years, under two Democratic and four Republican presidents. But Democrats still oppose her confirmation because CIA policy after 9/11 called for enhanced interrogation techniques and she…

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  • Instinctive Love for Ourselves–And Others

    Instinctive Love for Ourselves–And Others

    A familiar but mysterious Biblical verse, which was read aloud in Jewish services around the world in late April, may aid Americans in overcoming the bitter divisions currently afflicting our country. In Leviticus 18:15, God commands: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself – I am God!” A nineteenth century…

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  • Korea as Key to Victory for Trump & GOP

    Korea as Key to Victory for Trump & GOP

    Over-confident Democrats take comfort in the history of mid-term elections in a new president's first term: for nearly two centuries, the party in power almost always loses seats in Congress. But Republicans should feel encouraged by the only exception to that rule since FDR: in 2002, George W. Bush defied…

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