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If there were a firing squad for political rhetoric, the phrase "single payer" would have to be placed against the wall and blown away.

Margaret Spillane is a native Bostonian.

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With Friends of Israel Like These... Oy Vey!

New York Times executive editor Howell Raines shares, with his
fellow liberal Southerner Al Gore, a talent for driving his opponents
batty.

1. It is morally reprehensible to take a life, and it is especially reprehensible for the state to do so.

Among the obscenities accumulating in the political atmosphere, the most
disgusting may be Trent Lott.

It seemed like a straightforward invitation. Dinner at an upscale uptown
restaurant, sponsored by a drug company, where the topic was to be
financial planning.

When I was in college, I joined a court-watching project in Roxbury,
Massachusetts. We observed criminal trials, then interviewed judges,
lawyers and witnesses.

When plants in Nebraska carrying swine diarrhea drugs mingled with food for humans, all hell broke loose.

Their support of Democrats declined in 2002, helping to sink the party's fortunes.

Blogs

“Are there no gentlemen left in in American public life?”

April 25, 2015

This week, students hit the streets for racial and economic justice.

April 24, 2015

The devastating migrant boat wreck in the Mediterranean reveals the failure of the EU's refugee policy.  

April 24, 2015

“That the recent outbreak was so inept as to be almost idiotic must be evident to the minds of all but the Irishmen who took part in it.”

April 24, 2015

How can we judge the latest Clinton scandal when the reporting around it is so murky?

April 23, 2015

The Justice Department’s quest to prosecute Barry Bonds is a shameful stain in their history. Now put him in the Hall of Fame.

April 23, 2015

"Art is artifice," a Nation critic once wrote in an essay on Shakespeare. "But the artifices owes its meaning to the fact that it has, here and there, its pertinence to life."

April 23, 2015

We look back to the time when a science columnist wrote up one possible replacement for "the fossil fuel which is now so important an element in the existing order of human society."

April 22, 2015

“It is an operation—however well meaning, however many good people involved—that is, at its core, a shuck.”

April 22, 2015