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Moderation in the Pursuit of Debates Is No Virtue

Moderation in the Pursuit of Debates Is No Virtue

The presidential debate offers a rare opportunity to rise above the usual campaign froth and spin.  It’s a nationwide job interview where each participant will try to put their best foot forward without getting it anywhere near their mouth.  It

Wendell Berry's Speech Reveals Washington's Disconnect

Wendell Berry's Speech Reveals Washington's Disconnect

Tom Brokaw is worried that Washington is out of touch. People feel politics “is a closed game that doesn’t address what their real concerns are,” he told Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast. “It has its own language, it has

'Schoolhouse Barack'

Remember Schoolhouse Rock, that civic-minded Saturday morning cartoon short from the 1970s? It’s time to update it for the Obama Era. “I’m Just a Law” LAW (singing): I’m just a law, yes I’m only a law, And I don’t know