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Obama's hypocritical attack on Netanyahu

March 29, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

IT TOOK Bibi Netanyahu nearly a week to apologize properly for his inflammatory comment on Israel's election day warning that Arab voters were "heading to the polls in droves." On Monday, speaking at his Jerusalem residence to a group of Israeli Arab community leaders, the newly reelected prime minister expressed his regret: "I know the things I said a few days ago wounded Israel's Arab citizens. That was not in any way my intention, and I am sorry."

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The House of Tudor didn't get the last word

March 26, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

IT'S REMARKABLE what five centuries can do for a guy's reputation.

When Richard III, the last Plantaganet king of England, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, his corpse was stripped and hauled in disgrace through the streets of Leicester, "all besprinkled with mire and blood … a miserable spectacle," as Holinshed's Chronicle recounted. Then it was stuffed into a crude grave, naked and coffinless, while "few lamented and many rejoiced."

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It's Election 'Day' for a reason

March 22, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

EXCEPT FOR diplomats posted abroad, early voting isn't an option in Israeli elections. So when Israel's election day dawned on Tuesday, with impressions of the campaign's home stretch fresh in voters' minds, no one in the country had yet cast a ballot. The giant pre-election rallies in Tel Aviv, the final flurry of ads, the polls showing the main opposition party in the lead, the prime minister's unexpected repudiation of a Palestinian state: Together Israelis had taken it all in, and together Israelis would put it all to a vote.

That experience of a collective Election Day is one that voters in the United States used to take for granted. No longer.

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Back to firing squads? Thank death-penalty foes

March 18, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

FOR A NATION that almost never puts murderers to death — there were 14,196 homicides in 2013, but only 39 executions — Americans spend an awful lot of time debating whether and how to do it.

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Campaign contributions and double standards

March 15, 2015  •  The Boston Globe

WHAT DOES Massachusetts have against the First Amendment?

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