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The race card: It’s okay to boo the president, he’s just a n—-r.

(Update: 9/17/09) South Carolina's Joe Wilson might have been thinking the n-word when he shouted "you lie" in the hallowed hall of the House of Representatives, otherwise known as "The…

Obama’s school speech: What the president can learn from me

(Columnist's caution This contains unabashed self-promotion. HB) President Obama might have thought an innocuous back-to-school speech aimed at school children wouldn't cause a furor among his enemies. Florida Republican…

Reconciliation, an odd name for using the nuclear option on the Republican Party

 
Reconciliation is a rarely used parliamentary procedure which can be used in the Senate to pass health care reform with a simple majority. This is being called "the nuclear option"…

On Kennedy passing: sadness will be the view from my beach today

Updated with photo. We can see Cape Cod from the beach we go to on the mainland. Yesterday our sky was clear bright blue while over Cape Cod there were…

Teddy Kennedy playing politics

Like almost every Democrat in Massachusetts I admire Senator Kennedy. However that doesn't alter the fact that he's trying to play the same old partisan politics Democrats scream bloody murder…

Was the nonprofit cooperative health plan Obama’s exit strategy all along?

Bush allowed us to invade Iraq without an exit strategy. Could Obama have been just as reckless in proposing a public option health plan to compete with private insurance? A…

From the grassroots to poor Americans: Don’t mess with my lawn

In the battle over health care reform one thing has been made clear. A majority of Americans don't want to pay for a public option that will assure quality health…

Washington, District of Contrasts (A photo essay)

 
My wife and I took a four day trip to Washington where I was struck by how it was truly a city of stark…

The Henry Gates arrest: A different perspective

 I was an auxiliary police officer for 20 years, 11 in Michigan where a wise chief told us never, under any circumstances, were we to arrest someone for disorderly conduct.…

Liz Cheney or Sarah Palin: Deft vs. ditzy for president

I don't agree with her. I find her defense of her father exasperating not because it's convoluted but because it makes a certain kind of sense. As a psychotherapist the…