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An echo of Trump in the last of the Whigs
Millard Fillmore is largely forgotten, but his politics have a familiar ring

February 19, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

HISTORY DOESN'T REPEAT itself. But it has an unnerving tendency to rhyme.

Consider, on this first Presidents' Day under Donald Trump, another New Yorker who occupied the highest office in the land.

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What Obamacare's drafters could have learned from a hairdresser

February 15, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

LAST WEEK'S CNN debate between Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders on the future of Obamacare was a first-rate political broadcast. It was substantive, focused, and illuminating — an absorbing clash between senators representing two very different ideological approaches. It was everything last year's shallow, bicker-filled presidential campaign "debates" were not: political programming that genuinely left viewers with more insight into a pressing question of public policy.

One segment of the two-hour encounter was particularly revealing.

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School choice keeps the peace

February 12, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

PUBLIC SCHOOLS are commonly described as engines of democracy and citizenship, and a bulwark against social strife. Which makes the Democrats' bitter and unremitting campaign against Betsy DeVos all the more ironic.

DeVos, the next secretary of education, is a billionaire who has for years channeled her money and energy into the cause of education reform, especially for the underprivileged. Yet her nomination drove the left to a frenzy of opposition evoked by no other Cabinet nominee.

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Trump is right: Settlements don't impede peace

February 8, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

THE WORLD'S restless fixation with where Jews live has flared up again.

On Monday evening, Israel's parliament passed a law authorizing the government to legalize thousands of homes built in the West Bank, in many cases on land against which there are claims of prior ownership. The measure allows the homes to remain, while compensating the previous owners with their choice of an alternative parcel of land or a payment equal to 125 percent of the land's value.

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Is that sermon political?

February 5, 2017  •  The Boston Globe

SHOULD PASTORS preach politics from the pulpit? Or should houses of worship be kept rigorously politics-free?

Compelling arguments can be made both ways.

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