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Mitt Romney and the Mormon Question(s)

Mitt Romney Holds Town Hall Meeting

Gallup announced Monday that 22 percent of Americans would not vote a Mormon into the presidency, even if he were nominated by their own party. This is a figure that has not just remained steady since 1967, but on the whole has risen five points. Broken down by affiliation, 18 percent of Republicans, 19 percent…

The Left v. Sarah Palin

Palin-Derangement-Syndrome

She was the first female governor of her state; she was the second ever female vice presidential nominee; she’s a working mother; she does the best she can to raise five children, including one with Down Syndrome, and graciously suffered through a daughter giving birth to a bastard child; she spoke out lustily against the…

Anthony Weiner and Conspiracy Theory

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Conspiracy theory fails for many reasons, but first because it always assumes a man’s motives are much more complicated than they actually are. A conspiracy theorist responds to something like 9/11 by disregarding completely the decades long history of third world savagery that lead to attacks around the world, choosing instead to concoct a combination…

Ron Chernow’s “Washington”

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David Herbert Donald won two Pulitzer Prizes, but neither was for his best book, Lincoln, a stunning effort widely regarded as one of the greatest biographies ever written. (In a review for The Christian Science Monitor, Gabor Boritt referred to it as “a masterwork,” and rightfully so.) Part of what made Lincoln great was Donald’s…

Thinking About Income Tax

We only help ourselves by knowing more about, and thinking more about, federal income taxes. It must have been in this spirit that an acquaintance recently linked to a Washington Post graphic outlining the differences between “Republican and Democratic tax plans.” (It was first published in August, but remains fresh enough in the abstract to…