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December 19, 2016 - 7:00am
Political mildness is scarce nowadays, so it has been pleasantly surprising that post-election denunciations of the Electoral College have been tepid. This, even though the winner of the presidential election lost the popular vote by perhaps 2.8 million votes, more than five times the 537,179 votes by which Al Gore outpolled George W. Bush in 2000.
December 17, 2016 - 11:30am
This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.
December 17, 2016 - 6:00am
There are few Jewish journalists I like and respect as much as Samuel Freedman,‭ ‬a distinguished‭ ‬professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Pulitzer-prize nominee,‭ ‬which is why if he criticizes me I take it seriously.
December 16, 2016 - 8:00am
Let's face it. There is a certain faction of the Jewish community that will never, ever, ever, ever, ever accept Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison as Democratic National Committee Chair, no matter what he does, or how he does it. 
December 16, 2016 - 7:00am
Democrats spent the first two decades of the post-Cold War era rather relaxed about Russian provocations and revanchism. President Obama famously mocked Mitt Romney in 2012 for suggesting that Russia was our   principal geopolitical adversary. Yet today the Dems are in high dudgeon over the closeness of secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson, to Vladimir Putin.
December 15, 2016 - 7:00am
Indiana's Thomas R. Marshall, who was America's vice president 100 years ago, voiced -- he plucked it from a Hoosier humorist -- one of the few long-remembered utterances to issue from that office: "What this country needs is a good 5-cent cigar," which would be $1.11 in today's currency. A century later, what the country needs is a $12 twelve-ounce cup of coffee. 
December 15, 2016 - 6:00am
You would not think that a lizard is responsible for this. But let me explain.
December 14, 2016 - 2:00pm
The Government Accountability Office‭ (‬GAO‭) ‬recently‭ ‬published a report stating that federally issued Direct Student Loans‭ ‬placed‭ ‬in Income-Driven Repayment‭ (‬IDR‭) ‬plans will cost the government‭ ‬$74‭ ‬billion,‭ ‬which is higher than previously estimated.‭ 
December 14, 2016 - 6:00am
Florida's abortion law in all its collective parts is so unAmerican, so unconstitutional and, frankly, so offensive that any day this law is challenged in court is a day I'm ready to throw a party.
December 13, 2016 - 11:45am
On Monday Stephen Bittel sent out an email to Miami-Dade Democratic Executive Committee members saying activists have encouraged him to run for FDP chair. Well, being the knight in shining armor a la Donald Trump, he is heeding their call.
December 14, 2016 - 6:00am
Congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump for a common-sense and much needed approach to selecting the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS): Instead of a lawyer or another bureaucrat, President-elect Trump selected a competent, knowledgeable physician and surgeon, Dr. Tom Price.
December 12, 2016 - 7:00am
A deep stillness settled over the federal courtroom as graphic photos were shown of the nine people murdered last year at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church. 
December 11, 2016 - 3:00pm
Yes, you read that correctly.
December 10, 2016 - 6:00am
This column is a vehicle for a number of items in a bits-and-pieces, strictly opinion, sometimes irreverent format. Look for "Just Sayin'" to run once a week in this spot.
December 10, 2016 - 6:00am
President-elect Donald Trump is known for his blunt approach. And on human rights, we are well past due for some hard truths. 

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