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  • The AP ‘Scandal’ And The Death Of Secrecy

    As a lawyer, I deal in secrecy. If there is a cardinal principle in lawyering, it’s that when a client tells you something in confidence, you place it in the vault. Or, if you prefer legalese, Rule 1.6 of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct says that “[a] lawyer shall not reveal…

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  • Invasion Of The Benghazi Snatchers: NPR Edition

    I haven’t written anything about the Benghazi non-scandal because, to paraphrase Bill Clinton, that dog won’t hunt. What happened there can be summarized thoroughly and accurately with a single sentence: A group of extremists attacked an American consulate, killing four Americans, and, in the immediate aftermath, the Obama Administration wasn’t quite sure what had happened….

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  • Your Friday Clash Song: Cold Water In The Face …

    The Clash’s first foray into hip-hop, “The Magnificent Seven,” was recorded live on the Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder in 1981. Originally on Sandinista! (1980), the official Clash website explains: In April 1980, The Clash booked into a New York studio without any new songs to record. But inspired by the city’s exciting new rap scene,…

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  • About That Word, “Tolerance”

    It’s been a year since Pres. Obama announced his support for marriage equality, and so I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “tolerance” lately. And it occurs to me that it’s not a very good word to use in the context of fundamental civil rights. Let’s review. On May 9, 2012, the President told…

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  • Pat Brady: The Price Of Being Right

    These are sad days for the Illinois Republican Party. Once the party of moderation that produced the likes of Everett McKinley Dirksen and three-and-a-half-term governor James R. Thompson, in recent years the Illinois GOP has run a spate of extremist candidates from Alan Keyes’ failed senatorial bid in 2004 to Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh,…

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  • Suicide By Cop?

    Every time a gun goes off in Chicago, I cringe. Not in the way people cringe when they hear gunshots; from my comfortable home in the suburbs, I rarely hear them. No, I cringe because I know what’s coming. The cynical political game, particularly from conservatives, Pres. Obama’s critics, gun lovers, or any and all…

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  • Ari Fleischer Is A Lousy Historian

    You’d think a guy who spent a few years as George W. Bush’s mouthpiece would know better than to talk about chemical weapons and which Middle Eastern dictatorships may or may not have possession of them. Mr. Fleischer, of course, was George W. Bush’s press secretary from January 20, 2001, through July 15, 2003, and…

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  • Your Friday Clash Song: For He Who Will Die Is He Who Will Kill …

    Apropos of a recent post on my regular blog on the “war on terror,” “The Call Up,” from Sandinista! (1980), the Clash’s funk-inspired antiwar anthem: All the young people down the ages They gladly marched off to die Proud city fathers used to watch them Tears in their eyes … According to Wikipedia: With the…

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  • Stop Calling Obama a Murderer

    The problem with extremist rhetoric is that it distracts from substantive issues the public should be debating. When folks on the left or the right make outrageous, offensive comments about their political opponents, the debate turns from policy to personalities very quickly, and along the way important issues get pushed aside. Worse, there are always…

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  • Songs For My Brother

    My brother Tom would have turned 55 on May 1st if cancer hadn’t stolen his life a few years back. Lung cancer, man: that’s some awful shit. He was just 51 … the same age I am, as of a few days ago. Tom was a great guitar player and a pretty good singer, too….

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