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“In Alabama, we always say, ‘Thank God for Mississippi’”

What with the elimination of pork and the GOP’s fealty to its corporate donors, there is no time to deal with the mundanities of local politics. Take Alabama, where you may have heard about a special election Senate race About … Continue reading

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Never get complacent

The machinations of organizations like this are why we queer folk can’t relax. Never, never. behold the so-called Alliance Defending Freedom, comprising people who went to school, got degrees with polysyllabic words on them, and wave hello at your kids’ … Continue reading

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A lesson from the master

What I’ve learned from twenty-nine years of reading Henry James is the cultivation of a private life, an interiority deepened by contact with our fellow men. The process is circular: the private life helps us understand friends and strangers. “I … Continue reading

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On the NFL

It’s not as if I need fresh reasons to loathe professional sports. To claim that there are politics-free spaces is to tacitly admit that you’re a privileged guy. If I kiss a boyfriend in a Starbucks, I worry about an … Continue reading

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Best anti-war songs

“My idea has always been that if we could bring the mothers of the various nations together, then there would be no more war.” — Howards End Mrs. Wilcox was correct, only substitute “awesome bangers” instead of “mothers.” Also, Mrs. … Continue reading

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Taking the Electoral College to school

My man James Madison explained in 1787 why we’ve got an Electoral College: The right of suffrage was much more diffusive in the Northern than the Southern States; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the … Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton will court the GOP at her peril

Last week I wondered whether Donald Trump represents a Unique Threat or a Culmination. I tend to think both, an answer that isn’t a contradiction. But the short term goals of expanding Hillary Clinton’s electoral chances will come at the … Continue reading

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The Williard Hotel standard of journalism

While he waited for his generals in chief to get off their blue asses and chase the Confederate armies, Abraham Lincoln had his own battles. Too much of his time as presidency was taken by federal office seekers. For hours … Continue reading

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Nada mas: the story of Cubans and the GOP

My grandmother retired twenty-five years ago from an American career in Health and Human Services. Recruited to work for the Cuban Refugee Program on emigrating to Miami in 1961, she parlayed her administrative skills into the food stamps program. For … Continue reading

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Reading roundup

Paul Mariani — The Whole Harmonium: The Life of Wallace Stevens To pass from Hart Crane to this vice president of Hartford Accident and Indemnity is like going from a brothel to a storage closet. Paul Mariani, Crane’s biographer, surely … Continue reading

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‘Weiner’ offers nothing new about disgraced congressman

As the representative for the Ninth Congressional District, Anthony Weiner was the quintessential new century Democrat. An advocate for expanding Medicare and a protector of abortion rights, Weiner also voted for the Iraq war resolution and to bar the Palestinian … Continue reading

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The LGBTQ-liberal dilemma

I suppose it’s dandy that corporate interests and LGBTQ rights align in 2016, for which I’m grateful, but what it portends for the future of the future of grass roots activism is hard to say. Certainly the number of corporations … Continue reading

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