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Deliver us from Scripture-citers

March 26, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

"THE DEVIL can cite Scripture for his purpose," says the wealthy Antonio to his young friend Bassanio in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice."

So can the politician, he might have added. And the party activist.

Full disclosure: I've never actually read "The Merchant of Venice." Though I'm familiar with the story, I have yet to actually study the text or even view a performance of the play. But that line about the devil citing Scripture suits the point I want to make, so I plucked it out of context to use in this column.

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Gorsuch says judges aren't 'secret legislators'. Actually, they legislate all the time

March 22, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

SUPREME COURT nominees should be obliged to give substantive answers to serious questions during their confirmation hearings: I've pressed that argument in columns over the years, on the grounds that senators can't fulfill their constitutional duty to check and balance the judiciary unless they insist on exploring the constitutional philosophy and legal reasoning of the nominees who come before them.

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Ditch Obamacare, and don't stop there

March 19, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

TO HEAR the liberal denunciations of the proposed American Health Care Act — House Speaker Paul Ryan's plan to replace Obamacare — you would think the GOP had set out to wreck a brilliant and much-loved social reform that Americans couldn't imagine living without.

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Climate models fail so often because climate science is so incomplete

March 15, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

"DO YOU BELIEVE," CNBC's Joe Kernen asked Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency's new director, in an interview last Thursday, "that it's been proven that CO2 is the primary control knob for climate?"

Replied Pruitt: "No. I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So no — I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don't know that yet. We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis."

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In the land where Jews are welcome, anti-Semitism is on the rise

March 12, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

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