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BloggersAlleen Barber Alvin Bessent Rita Ciolli Joseph Dolman Lane Filler Sam Guzik Gerald McKinstry Anne Michaud Larry Striegel Alexa Gorman Christine Powell
William F. Buckley must be turning over in his grave today.
In 1955, Buckley founded the conservative political magazine National Review. He, and it, were contentious and, at times, ferocious, but also ethical, smart and intellectually honest.
Buckley died in 2008, which at least did save him from seeing what National Review has sunk to.
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It’s the case that never seems to die. It’s now been nearly 40 years since I wrote my first story, in February 1973, on the case of Jeffrey Robert MacDonald.
Now the case is back—on the shelves of bookstores, on national television, on CBS Sunday Morning and in the headlines from a North Carolina federal courtroom, where MacDonald is once again trying to prove he didn’t slaughter his family.
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Editorial cartoonists from the Windy City and around the nation play class clowns as they size up the Chicago public school teachers strike.
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From Cairo this week, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi called for legal action in the United States against the makers of the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims.”
In Georgia this week, a Ku Klux Klan chapter suing the state for rejecting the white supremacist group’s application to “adopt” a stretch of highway is being represented in court by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Now that the Suffolk County Legislature has voted to approve the sale of the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank, it would be nice to think that this long-running issue has now been settled for good.
Unfortunately, it's probably not over.
There's a very good chance that the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, which represents workers at the Foley facility,...Read more »
When New York's legislature voted last year to make same-sex marriage legal, it took four courageous members of the Senate's Republican majority to put the measure over the top. Conservatives were outraged, and yesterday was their chance to exact vengeance at the polls. The question now is whether they will end up shooting themselves in the foot.
One of the four Senate Republicans who'd supported...Read more »
MISINFORMATION: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Many letters to the editor were penned this year over whether Catholic employers would be required to pay for birth control as a result of the Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare.
Making the case against the “right to use contraception,” one writer asserted that “natural family planning …is as effective as artificial methods when understood...Read more »
Ciolli: Jennifer Lopez reconnects with the Bronx on Katie Couric's new show, giving Preston High School a boost
Jenny from the block has finally come to acknowledge her real roots in the northeast Bronx.
It happened in Manhattan on Wednesday, during a taping of Katie Couric’s new talk show, which will air Friday. Jennifer Lopez will appear with four dancers, all students from her alma mater, Preston High School in Throgs Neck. Later she even tweeted about it and posted a photo of herself, wearing the...Read more »
Is it news to anyone that the food at McDonalds is fattening? Maybe not, yet it may be harder for patrons to repress this troubling knowledge thanks to a decision by the chain to post calorie counts in all 14,000 of its U.S. eateries. And surely it's not chance that McDonalds announced the change at the same time it announced some new, more healthful menu items.
Eventually, McDonalds will...Read more »
The ruinously costly U.S. health care system is rife with waste and inefficiency and is too slow to incorporate better ways of doing things.
As a result, it squanders 30 cents of every dollar spent. That’s $750 billion the American public spends every year without getting better care in return, according to a panel of experts from the Institute of Medicine, an independent adviser to the government.
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