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A breakdown of comity

I was dismayed to hear news of a shooting at a political event in Pima, AZ in which six people were killed and U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot.  Giffords has survived, despite a shot to the head and is … Continue reading

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Julian Assange and a transparent society

In an interview today with Julian Assange, BBC Radio 4 reporter John Humphrys brought up an issue that’s been buzzing around the media for the past few days regarding the juxtaposition of Assange’s role in facilitating leaks and his indignantion … Continue reading

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A positive development from the Vatican

Checking the headlines today, I found a welcome surprise in the Vatican’s new position on using condoms to prevent the spread of HIV, particularly in Africa: After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the pontiff will … Continue reading

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Congressional elections go as expected. Now what?

As anticipated by various outlets tracking the polls and politics of yesterday’s election, Republicans captured the House and made gains short of a majority in the Senate.  From that result, it seems pretty clear that Obama’s age of legislative productivity … Continue reading

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Ethnic discourse in the media

I’ve not commented on this blog about the recent firings of media figures for inane and offensive remarks they made during interviews.  However, on Facebook, I posted an article by Steven Walt entitled Why Nasr, Thomas, Sanchez and Williams Should … Continue reading

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The 55% rule

Of all the proposals put forth by the United Kingdom’s new governing coalition, perhaps one of the most controversial was the new requirement for 55% support in the House of Commons for a dissolution of Parliament to occur.  Traditionally, this … Continue reading

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A Protestant-free Supreme Court

When John Paul Stevens steps down from his post on the Supreme Court, he will be leaving the institution as its last Protestant on the bench, so long as President Obama’s nominee, Elena Kagan, is confirmed by the Senate as … Continue reading

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