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I, Condoleezza Rice, was leaning over the kitchen sink, hacking up a half-dozen or so rotisserie chickens and slinging the parts into a serving dish in time for the first of the party guests.

In the postelection world, holding evangelical Protestantism up to the light has become all the rage, which does seem somewhat like shutting the barn door after the horse has left the barn.

Six more days till the election. As of this writing (October 27), nothing is certain. The election polls are bouncing around like yo-yos.

It is exasperating listening to the news as we approach this most important election. The coverage is all about comparing the length of the candidate's sentences. How many big words do they use?

It was an odd dream: The Bush twins were ten feet tall and peering in my window. They were snickering. "We had a hamster too..." they were saying, as though it were the merriest of threats.

When the "scrawny boy from Austria" delivered his peroration against faint-hearted "economic girlie men," it was an unusually seductive, even witty, appeal to a notion of free enterprise that is

I'm riding an elevator in downtown Boston. There is a sign warning of travel restrictions during the last week of July. A woman gets on. We both stare ahead as per elevator etiquette.

By now, it has become something of a media cliché to watch "fringe" protesters jumping up and down from the edges of G-8 conferences held at ever more remote locations.

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Sister Citizen

Despite his best efforts to be the embodiment of respectability, it turns out Barack Obama is a role model for resistance.

The court’s decision to invalidate the abortion clinic buffer zone limits the privacy women require as participants in a democracy.

What happens when the black experience is relegated to background noise?

Paul Ryan’s racist comments have been the mainstream view of the Democratic Party for decades.

Sooner or later, marriage equality will win. What happens to marriage then?

President Obama’s symbolic recognition of minorities isn’t a substitute for policy, but it does matter.

In crafting laws after the horrifying killings in Connecticut, it’s crucial that we recognize our own collective trauma before we rush to act.

The impact of an Obama presidency is better answered by partisanship than race—but race still matters.

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The Liberal Media

Shortcuts, blindness and downright dishonesty in the rapidly imploding mainstream media.

When it comes to prosecuting Bush-era crimes, the media's inside establishment would prefer to just keep on walking.

We have no more hope today of saving the newspaper business than we do the telegraph business. But we can save the news.

As newspapers become increasingly irrelevant, is making them tax-exempt their last, best hope?

It's a sad comment on the state of the media that we have come to rely on funnymen to tell us the truth about our country.

Media watchdogs who slept through the Bush era now have little interest in examining just how many of our liberties were lost.

This just in: we won the Iraq War. And for the past eight years George W. Bush kept us safe.

The newspaper industry is falling off a cliff and with it may go much of our civil discourse.

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End of Biography: Purpose, Promise, Prospects

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