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Foul Spirit: George W. Bush Mourns 9/11 and Warns of Our Jihadis Within

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The president whose fate it was to summon the best of America after al-Qaida's murderous attack on us 20 years ago delivered a powerful warning on Saturday about the menace posed by the worst of America. "We have seen growing evidence," former President George W. Bush noted at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, memorial to the heroes of United ...Read more

Backfire: Parole for Sirhan Would Be the Wrong Message at the Wrong Time

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Last week's recommendation by two California parole officials that the man who murdered Robert F. Kennedy should be released from prison was quirky, even by California standards. Over the decades, 15 separate parole boards have considered Sirhan Sirhan's claim that "justice" required that he be set free. Each rejected it, most recently in 2016...Read more

Duet: Boston's Catholic and Jewish Communities Reunite to Welcome Afghan Refugees

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

"The work that we're going to do now is the work that we've always done," says Marjean Perhot, Catholic Charities Boston's Director of Refugee and Immigration Services, about preparations to welcome Greater Boston's share of Afghan refugees en route to their new homes in America. "Pretty much whenever there's been a refugee crisis, Catholic ...Read more

Snark Attack: The Afghanistan Blame Game Obscures an Urgent Need To Restore American Credibility

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In the spring of 1999, when the government of Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic had killed tens of thousands of citizens of the former Yugoslavia and forcibly expelled hundreds of thousands more, the Western European democracies turned to America to order NATO to use its armed forces, principally those of the United States, to stop him. ...Read more

First Under Fire: Freedom of Speech Gets Squeezed From Both Sides

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

"When I was a kid, I was shy," Ira Glasser, the longtime head of the American Civil Liberties Union, told a Canton, Massachusetts, audience last week. It seemed hard to believe. A nonlawyer and proud of it, Glasser led the ACLU from 1978 until 2001 and is credited by the organization for having transformed it "from a mom-and-pop style ...Read more

Pandemic Perpetuators: The Enablers of the Coronavirus's Spread Keep On Enabling

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

In her new book, "The Enablers: How Team Trump Flunked the Pandemic and Failed America," Barbara Kellerman examines the role former President Donald Trump's political and media acolytes played in enabling what may be the most disastrous presidential performance in American history. "By every objective measure," observes Kellerman, who has ...Read more

Sweet and Spineless: Ben & Jerry's Caves to the Anti-Israel Mob

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The announcement that Vermont ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's was terminating its relationship with its longtime Israeli distributor because it sold ice cream on the West Bank may have been nutty, but it was a sign of the times. It was also a feather in the cap of Vermonters for Justice in Palestine, which makes no secret of its desire to ...Read more

Small-Town Hero: Remembering John Glenn's Right Stuff

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

On July 4, 1997, Sen. John Glenn hosted a lunch for his staff in his hideaway office underneath the Capitol dome. Born in New Concord, Ohio, population 1,800, the plumber's son turned war hero turned astronaut Glenn felt America's birthday in his bones, and he was in good spirits.

At the time, Glenn was the ranking Democrat on a Republican-...Read more

Public Enemies: The 'COVID's a Hoax; Vaccinations Are a Plot' Crowd Is Enough To Make You Sick

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

As the coronavirus that has thus far killed over 608,000 Americans spread across the country in March 2020, the president of the United States felt quite comfortable lying to his countrymen about it. "We're prepared, and we're doing a great job with it," he told reporters on March 10, 2020, "and it will go away." COVID-19, he informed us, was ...Read more

Teacher's Story: At 88, Bob Gardiner Answers the Bell One More Time

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Bob Gardiner hoped for a career in aeronautics until advanced mathematics at Colgate University interfered. "My dreams of being an aeronautical engineer were destroyed by calculus," says the 88-year-old resident of Lenox, Massachusetts, one of the jewel communities in the western part of the state. As a lark he took an English literature class...Read more

Tourist Visit: The GOP Keeps on Riding the Hogwash Express

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

The poor soul responsible for selecting the most laughable falsehood to have emanated from Trump World is going to have his work cut out for him. The sheer volume of hooey to the effect that former President Donald Trump won the election that he lost, that the election he lost was stolen from him and that he and his troops were not responsible...Read more

Hubris Factor: Progressive Elites Bet the Farm That America Believes What They Believe

From the Left / Jeff Robbins /

Earlier this month, comedian Bill Maher delivered a biting commentary on self-styled progressives, mocking "the recurrent theme on the far left that things have never been worse." On privileged university campuses, Maher noted, progressive students "can't see that your dorm in 2021 is better than the South before the Civil War." Among ...Read more



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