Is the Cart Pulling the Horse?

A person very close to me has been complaining a lot lately that Joe Biden—otherwise known as the President—can’t catch a break with the media. He’s too old, he’s too progressive, he’s not liberal enough, why isn’t he doing anything about inflation, why did he let the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, etc., etc.…

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America the Dangerous (Cont’d)

According to its Preamble, the Constitution was ordained and established “…to insure domestic Tranquility” and “promote the general Welfare” as well as securing “the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity….” Presumably nothing has altered that original intent. No amendment has been made to the Constitution saying that insuring domestic tranquility, promoting the general…

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Watergate at 50: Hold the Champagne

I want to say a word about Watergate, a word that became synonymous with scandal 50 years ago. I spent the entire two years between September 1972 and August 1974 covering Watergate for The Washington Post—the run-up to the Watergate break-in trial, the trial, the Senate Watergate hearings and the impeachment proceedings against Richard M.…

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The Other Shoe(s) Drop

This week was a big one for the Supreme Court, although neither big decision—on New York’s gun carry law or Roe v. Wade—was a surprise. The abortion decision, of course, was telegraphed weeks ago when a draft opinion leaked. And the gun decision was widely anticipated when the Court agreed to take the case. Both…

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Barry Sussman

I want to say a word or two about Barry Sussman who died June 1 at 87. Barry was my first editor at The Washington Post, and he was the best editor I ever had. He was also a friend for more than 50 years. Besides that he was the brains and driving force behind…

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America the Dangerous

A few months ago I was lucky enough to find an old copy  of essays by E.B. White. The book had been discarded—put on a bookshelf where residents of my building (“our fancy building” Judy Woodruff, one of the residents, calls it) can put books they no longer want. Anyone can take a book off…

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Turn Back Your Clocks

The Supreme Court’s draft opinion proposing to overturn Roe v. Wade brings to mind the Jewish telegram: “Start worrying. Letter follows.” The draft opinion, revoking a constitutional right that has existed for almost half a century, is bad enough. What the decision may portend, though, is even worse. So many dire possibilities are suggested in…

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Locoweed and Fascism

When I was a youth back in the 1950s, most of the movies on daytime television were old westerns. I personally was enamored with Hopalong Cassidy and a proud member of the Bar 20 Club. One of the popular clichés, when a character was considered to be a little off, was to say that he…

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A Short, Not Uncomfortable, History of the United States

(CNN)A bill backed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that would prohibit Florida’s public schools and private businesses from making people feel “discomfort” or “guilt” based on their race, sex or national origin received first approval [January 18] by the state’s Senate Education Committee. The Republican-controlled committee approved the bill with six Republican senators in favor…

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Bread and Circuses

For decades—at least half a century—we have been hearing about “activist (meaning liberal) judges” making judge-made law.  The mantra of the conservatives who protested this supposed phenomenon wanted legislatures to legislate and judges to judge. Indeed when Samuel Alito and John Roberts were appointed to the Supreme Court more than 15 years ago, Roberts proclaimed…

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