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The candidates' high court priority — and the Constitution's

October 20, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

RIGHT OFF THE bat, moderator Chris Wallace asked Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: "What's your view on how the Constitution should be interpreted?"

Right off the bat, Clinton and Trump gave the wrong answers.

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How the religious right embraced Donald Trump and lost its moral authority

October 16, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

IT WILL TAKE a long time to assess the full extent of the damage wrought by Donald Trump on the Republican Party and American conservatism. But this much is already clear: Buried under the post-election wreckage will be the moral credibility of the religious right.

Hypocrisy and politics have gone hand in hand since time immemorial. But the embrace of Trump by influential religious conservatives — who have always insisted that they, like Hebrew National, answer to a higher authority — is orders of magnitude worse than the customary flip-flopping and sail-trimming of a presidential campaign.

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Hurricane Matthew's nonexistent silver lining

October 12, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

HURRICANE MATTHEW's trail of devastation has been ghastly. In Haiti, the storm killed more than 1,000 people, and towns along the country's southern coast were smashed into rubble. Mercifully, the cost in American lives has been far lower; as of Tuesday, there were 33 confirmed deaths across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. But the destruction in many areas has been appalling: shattered roofs, eroded beaches, washed-out roads, mangled piers. Downed power lines have set off transformer fires. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have been blasted. Crops have been decimated. And the floodwaters are still rising.

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A degrading spectacle in St. Louis

October 10, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

IT WASN'T a "debate." And it certainly wasn't presidential.

The spectacle in St. Louis Sunday night was, as usual, an electoral cage match. Its purpose was not to clarify differences in policy, but to maximize the candidates' discomfort and provoke them into as many gaffes, insults, and incoherent-but-quotable sound bites as possible. For 90 minutes, tens of millions of Americans watched two would-be presidents heap a little more degradation on American democracy. What an embarrassment.

If you had the good fortune not to be watching last night, here's some of what you missed.

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Congress unleashes the Furies, but never at itself

October 9, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

WHEN WELLS FARGO'S longtime CEO, John Stumpf, appeared before the Senate Banking Committee recently, Senator Elizabeth Warren tore into him with the relish of a Rottweiler mauling a favorite chew toy.

"You should resign," a wrathful Warren told Stumpf, who was summoned to testify after Wells Fargo acknowledged that thousands of its low-level employees had opened sham deposit or credit-card accounts for customers who never authorized them. "You should be criminally investigated." For the senior senator from Massachusetts, few pleasures compare with making the leader of a great financial institution squirm, and she milked the session for all it was worth.

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