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New Hampshire Republicans stain their credibility

February 10, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

NEW HAMPSHIRE primary voters have long taken pride in subjecting presidential wannabes to a long and thoroughgoing scrutiny — vetting the candidates on their political stands, grilling them at innumerable town hall meetings, assessing their demeanor on the campaign trail. White House hopefuls held themselves to a high standard of civility, or they didn't win the first-in-the-nation primary.

By handing a victory to Donald Trump in this year's primary, New Hampshire's voters may have just blown up that long-nurtured credibility.

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For Americans, global freedom is a mission that crosses party lines

February 7, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

FREEDOM HOUSE, the esteemed human rights and democracy organization, is out with the latest edition of its flagship publication, "Freedom in the World," an annual survey of political rights and civil liberties in every country on earth. The news is dispiriting. For the 10th year in a row global freedom declined, with 72 countries becoming less free, while 43 made gains. Of the world's 7.3 billion people, only 40 percent live in countries rated "Free," down from 46 percent a decade ago. Another 24 percent live in nations designated as "Partly Free," while the remaining 36 percent — more than one-third of the human race — suffers under the repressive regimes that rule countries deemed "Not Free."

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Ambition vs. conviction on the debate stage

February 4, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

IN THE LAST Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton came up with her fourth explanation for the gluttonous speaking fees and campaign contributions that the financial sector and investment firms — "Wall Street," in liberal shorthand — have been showering on her for so long.

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Does Hillary's résumé make her the 'best-qualified' candidate?

February 3, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

IS HILLARY CLINTON qualified to be president? To hear some of her prominent supporters tell it, no candidate could be more qualified.

Stumping in Iowa with Clinton on Sunday, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey hailed her as a "great American" who would be "the most qualified person since George Washington" to serve as president. Mere hyperbole from an enthusiastic advocate? Maybe. Yet James Carville, the well-known political advisor, had made the same claim one day earlier.

"We've got the best chance we've ever had to put a woman in the White House," Carville wrote in a fundraising email, "and oh, by the way, she just happens to be the most qualified candidate maybe since General George Washington himself!!"

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The extraordinary generosity of ordinary Americans

January 31, 2016  •  The Boston Globe

The Almanac of American Philanthropy is something new under the sun: a sweeping reference guide to one of the most remarkable institutions of American life — private charity. Published by the Philanthropy Roundtable and running more than 1,300 pages, it is the first definitive work on the history, variety, and impact of private giving in the United States.

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