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On Israel, Democrats are losing moral clarity

July 21, 2014  •  The Boston Globe

THE PEW Research Center last week released a new survey of American attitudes in the Middle East. The results weren't surprising. In the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 51 percent of Americans say they sympathize more with Israel. Only 14 percent feel greater affinity for the Palestinians.

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Don't like the Constitution? Amend it

July 16, 2014  •  The Boston Globe

TO THE CONSTITUTION'S 27 amendments, Senate Democrats would like to add a 28th.

The Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved a resolution to amend the Constitution by empowering Congress to regulate the amount of money that could be raised or spent in federal election campaigns, and granting state governments the same authority in state elections.

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Cleveland, no need to swoon over the RNC

July 13, 2014  •  The Boston Globe

REPUBLICANS PICKED Cleveland to host their 2016 national convention, and the city, writes the Plain Dealer's Stephen Koff, "is swooning over its victory."

No kidding. "Huge day for our city. Has anything ever happened here that's bigger?" tweeted Aaron Goldhammer, co-host of ESPN Cleveland's morning sports show. Ed FitzGerald, Cuyahoga County's elected executive and the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor of Ohio, rejoiced in the GOP's confirmation "that Cleveland is now in the middle of a historic renaissance." Local folk hero Charles Ramsey, who last year saved three Cleveland women held hostage for 10 years, told a TV interviewer that news of the coming Republican convention made him "giddy … happy as a clam."

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If Hillary runs, it won't be as a Clinton Democrat

July 9, 2014  •  The Boston Globe

AMID THE sound and fury that greeted the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, many liberals had sharp words for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the federal law in which the court's decision was grounded.

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Dissenters in a one-party statehouse

July 6, 2014  •  The Boston Globe

BY VOTES so lopsided they were practically unanimous, 144-7 in the House and 38-1 in the Senate, the Massachusetts Legislature last week approved a $36.5 billion budget for fiscal 2015, the largest in state history. The puny band of Republicans who voted against the budget — Senator Robert Hedlund and Representatives James Lyons, Leah Cole, Geoff Diehl, Shawn Dooley, Ryan Fattman, Marc Lombardo, and Leonard Mirra — had no hope of changing the outcome. They didn't even represent a majority of the negligible GOP caucus.

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