Opinion

Creating the Ultimate Political Party

Creating the Ultimate Political Party

Dear National Politicians, Hope all’s well with you. As I recently listened to patriotic music on the Fourth of July and watched fireworks illuminate the night sky, it occurred to me what our patriots and Founding Fathers were fighting for — self-rule, independence...

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New Talent and Limited Terms

New Talent and Limited Terms

“Idleness is the holiday of fools.” — Chinese Proverb Believe it or not, I found the above proverb in a fortune cookie and it’s been sitting on my desk for many years. If you give it a few seconds of thought, idleness really describes our nation’s capital at this...

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Powerful Stuff, Indeed

Powerful Stuff, Indeed

As a kid, my mother used to tell me stories about my grandparents, Morris and Sarah Hoffzimmer. My maternal grandfather died suddenly when I was only 2 (“He was so wild about you,” my mom would say. “You got cheated when he died”), and I suspect she wanted me to have...

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An American in (Jewish) Paris

An American in (Jewish) Paris

A young Frenchman named Christophe kneels for a long moment, as though in prayer but perhaps only in thought, at the grave of Marcel Proust. When he stands, I ask, “Did you know Proust was Jewish?” “No,” he says, but then notices the name of Proust’s mother engraved...

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Why I Voted for Donald Trump

Why I Voted for Donald Trump

I’ve been a Democrat my entire life. And yes, I voted for Donald Trump. I’m sure a bunch of you are considering turning to the next page. But I really hope you hang with me for just a few more paragraphs to explain. I am not a genius by any stretch of the imagination;...

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