To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Drawing The Lines In Cancel Culture

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In January, Simon & Schuster canceled its agreement to publish a book, presumably a memoir-cum-political pandemic, by Sen. Josh Hawley. Last week, in response to internal protests, Simon & Schuster refused to cancel plans for a book by former Vice President Mike Pence. It drew a line. In this case, it was a line between […]
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It’s In Companies Interest To Save Democracy

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had a warning for American business: “Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex.” The sector’s complaints centered around Republicans’ going state to state to undermine free and fair elections. And so, are companies outraged? Damn straight they are. They have good reason, and it’s not because […]
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How To Survive A Global Pandemic

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Well before Joe Biden marked the end of his first 100 days as president, his administration doubled the goal of 100 million vaccinations he set at the beginning. His government’s performance suggests that we can eventually temper the hesitancy among certain populations – notably white males who watch too much Fox News – on our […]
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Walter Mondale: Behind A Great Man

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I spent the 1984 presidential campaign in the seat behind former Vice President Walter Mondale. From nomination to landslide defeat, I was there, right behind him, giving weather reports to the rest of the plane. Winning campaigns are great. You show up and you’re a genius. Everybody is flying high. Sure, there is always backbiting, […]
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Why Do We Celebrate Earth Day?

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“Here it comes again,” grump the barons of Big Oil and other corporate plunderers of our natural resources: another damn Earth Day. After 51 years, they gripe, this global hoorah is outdated; time for people and the media to move on from the old Save-the-Earth hoopla. Do they think we have sucker wrappers around our […]
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