Archive

Date

August 27th, 2015

The dubious origins of Trump's immigration scheme

    Viewed through the lens of America's civil rights history, Donald Trump's new call to repeal birthright citizenship chimes with an ominous ring.

    Spoiler alert: It sounds like racism.

    It sounds like the Supreme Court's declaration in 1857 that African-Americans were "so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect."

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Stop digging the hole, Secretary Clinton

    Dear Secretary Clinton:

    Your email problem has mushroomed from a self-inflicted nuisance to a self-inflicted wound. The reason is simple: At every decision point, you and your staff have made the wrong choice about how to proceed, erring on the side of secrecy and self-righteousness.

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Scott Walker: Trumped in Iowa?

    Scott Walker, the cocky young governor who took on the public-sector unions in Wisconsin and beat back a recall against him, figured he had the 2016 Republican presidential nomination all figured out.

    He got an early jump in neighboring Iowa for its first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses next year, and by dint of aggressive campaigning around the state built a substantial lead in the state public-opinion polls.

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Scott Walker takes yet another stance on birthright citizenship: Don't change the Constitution

    GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker appears to have again shifted his stance on allowing the children of illegal immigrants to automatically gain U.S. citizenship.

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In America, citizenship trumps tribe

    When we lived in Moscow, people used to ask my wife and me, "Who are you by nationality?"

    "Americans," we'd say.

    Invariably the response would come: "Yes, but who are you really?"

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Canned Pleasure: The Thrill of the Kill

    Would you like to go to Zimbabwe, kill and behead a lion, just like that dentist from Minnesota or the physician from Pittsburgh recently did? They paid about $50,000 each for that experience.

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A Moveable Glut

    What caused Friday’s stock plunge? What does it mean for the future? Nobody knows, and not much.

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Gay and Marked for Death

    As he tried to concentrate on his final college exams, he couldn’t erase the terrifying images in his head, an endless replay of a video he’d seen. It showed two men being killed — their necks noosed, their bodies dragged through the streets and set on fire.

    They had burned, he told me, because they were gay.

    Just like him.

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Donald Trump Struts in His Own Pageant

    Some blondes have all the fun.

    As Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush get more testy, Donald Trump gets more chesty. And more blond.

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To the new culture cops, everything is appropriation

    A few months ago, I read "The Orphan's Tales" by Catherynne Valente. The fantasy novel draws on myths and folklore from many cultures, including, to my delight, fairy tales from my Russian childhood. Curious about the author, I looked her up online and was startled to find several social-media discussions bashing her for "cultural appropriation."

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