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Eight Must-Read Stories About Dead Toddlers, High-Flying Preachers and Inside NYC’s Most ‘Elite’ Sex Party — His wife vanished after a fight with him. His friend was slain after defending him. A neighbor was hacked up. He was recorded saying he did it. But please, stop jumping to conclusions! They Ran My Little Girl to Death Heather Walker's daughter, Savannah, died after her grandmother and stepmother allegedly forced her to run laps until she collapsed.

Bibi’s Ugly Win Will Harm Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu won a big election Tuesday, but he won ugly by staking out a new position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is likely to harm his nation in the months ahead. A reckoning is coming-faster than expected-for Netanyahu, his Likud Party and maybe even for the State of Israel itself.

The Promise: President Obama, Year One — Barack Obama's inauguration as president on January 20, 2009, inspired the world. But the great promise of "Change We Can Believe In" was immediately tested by the threat of another Great Depression, a worsening war in Afghanistan, and an entrenched and deeply partisan system of business as usual in Washington.

Bibi Faces Political Oblivion As Israel’s Election is Too Close To Call — With the final polls before Tuesday's pivotal Israeli election showing him narrowly behind, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to choose a message to close on. Some candidates close on trust; others on change. Netanyahu is closing on chutzpah.

“Bloody Sunday” Unites the Right and the Left — What if you took a bunch of squabbling politicians and asked them to go sit together in a history class taught by a man they think of as a living saint? As conjured by President Obama, this weekend in Selma felt like attending an anniversary commemoration at Independence Hall, Gettysburg, Appomattox or Kitty Hawk with the people who made history there.

Even Israeli Hawks Are Angry At Netanyahu — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers his apocalyptic message to Congress on Iranian nukes on Tuesday, he will seem the personification of the Israeli hawk. But back home in Israel, where I've been reporting for the last two weeks, there's a strong sense even among hardliners that Netanyahu has blown Israeli foreign policy and is making his nation weaker by imperiling its relationship with its most critical patron, the United States.

Anti-Vaxxers Are as American as Apple Pie — This week two seemingly unrelated stories-one on vaccinations, the other on vitamins-offer a disturbing glimpse into how the American social contract has frayed. People are being exposed to illness or even death for the phony freedom of a few.

The Free Community College Plan is Obama’s GI Bill — President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers. But one proposal in the speech could prove historic.

A nation of Maytag repairmen … Is that a shrimp in your pocket? … Obama’s eighteen-and-a-half-month gap by Jonathan Alter — A nation of Maytag repairmen ... Is that a shrimp in your pocket? ... Obama's eighteen-and-a-half-month gap By Jonathan Alter Frame of reverence If you went into homes up in the hollows of Charlie Peters's West Virginia and elsewhere in the decades following World War II, you could often find photographs of FDR. The same was later true of JFK's picture, and not just where Catholics lived.

President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion — I was one of the reporters camping out at the courthouse in Concord, New Hampshire, in December 1991, waiting for Godot... er, Cuomo. Even then, most of us doubted he would show up and actually sign the papers allowing him to enter the 1992 New Hampshire primary.
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Apr 20, 2015

Cornel West's Rise and Fall by Michael Eric Dyson,TNR. Overdue takedown, including some of my reporting on West v BO.…

Apr 20, 2015

Obama shldnt kill A10 plane. Dumb AF thinks it's not fast &sexy enough. But as I learned years ago, it saves lives.…

Apr 19, 2015

It’s had some military success, but the Islamic State is no existential threat

Apr 19, 2015

Anyone serious about avoiding the next financial crisis must contend with this brilliant Eliz Warren speech.Read it!…

Apr 18, 2015

@ryangrim But you're right about tons of assholes and my view colored by his bogus attacks on me over 10years and his hypocrisy on privacy.

Apr 18, 2015

@ryangrim Only met him twice but despise his personal attacks on people over the years, starting w/ trashing D Broder when he was in 80s.

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