Criticizing Israel

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The “Conservative Nanny State” Gabfest

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The Audio Book Club Asks, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, click the arrow on the player below.


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Obama Is on a Pro-Labor Roll

If you’ve been following President Obama’s burst of enthusiasm for executive orders—I know it’s August, but hey, you’re reading this—you may have heard that he’s been flexing his muscle on behalf of labor. Last month, Obama banned federal contractors from discriminating against gay workers. For that one, he won liberal kudos and conservative scolding for refusing to exempt employers that object on religious grounds. Obama got similar attention for his order in January raising the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.


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You Can Still Get an Abortion in Alabama

It’s been a good week in court for access to abortion—a sentence I don’t often get to write. Last week three Appeals Court judges ruled that Mississippi can’t put into effect a law that would close the state’s lone clinic, saying that each state has to independently fulfill its constitutional obligation to provide access to the procedure. On Monday, Judge Myron Thompson of federal District Court in Alabama blocked a similar restriction, keeping the state’s number of clinics at five.


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