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  1. clarence thomas
    What Conservatives Can’t Say About Clarence ThomasThe best defense of the Supreme Court justice’s ethical lapses is that everyone already knows he’s just a conservative activist in a robe.
  2. early and often
    Liberals Shouldn’t Fear Ron DeSantisThe Florida governor may be popular for now. But his support for slashing Social Security and banning abortion will catch up with him eventually.
  3. critical race theory
    When Keeping It ‘Woke’ Gets Racist, Liberals Should Say SoSome of the things that conservatives have dubbed “critical race theory” aren’t worth defending.
  4. religion
    The Allure and Danger of Anti-Modern ReligionIn a perilous time, it’s easy to underestimate American pluralism and long for old and dogmatic religious forms. That doesn’t mean we should.
  5. democrats
    Democrats Disagree About Labels, Not IssuesA lot of the supposed “disarray” among Democrats involves abstract ideological questions that won’t really keep them from uniting in 2020.
  6. No, Removing Monuments to Traitors Doesn’t Mean Removing Monuments to FoundersConfederate monuments don’t embody American history; they were built on lies about American history.
  7. Voters, Not Just Politicians, Are Polarized by Party and IdeologyWhile some observers think of polarization as a Washington phenomenon that doesn’t reflect the citizenry, fresh evidence shows otherwise.
  8. The Psychology of TribalismOur polarized, group-oriented politics is thousands of years in the making.
  9. Do Coastal Liberals Hate Middle America?Sometimes it is concern for, not indifference to, the values and needs of “the Heartland” that makes liberals fight its political representatives.
  10. early and often
    How Trump Is Making This Liberal Feel Strangely ConservativeI am suddenly more concerned about the dignity of the country than I’d ever imagined myself to be.
  11. the national interest
    Today’s Reminder That Liberalism Isn’t CommunismThis needs to be explained to a confused psychologist.
  12. watching media watchdogs
    Media Matters Is Marshaling the TroopsAt a pundit boot camp, the liberal-media watchdog is training an army of anti-Fox commentators.
  13. national palestinian radio
    NPR’s Ron Schiller Resigns, Effective ImmediatelyThe NPR exec had already planned on leaving, so …
  14. national palestinian radio
    NPR VP: ‘In The Long Run We Would Be Better Off Without Federal Funding’Right-wing prankster James O’Keefe unveils his latest “sting.”
  15. cable news
    Talk Box: The Left’s Take on Obama’s Latest SurrenderMeanwhile, Sean Hannity thinks it’s the Republicans who are caving.
  16. bons mots
    Please Do Not Take Health Advice From Rush Limbaugh“Now, my doctor has never told me to restrict any intake of salt, but if he did, I wouldn’t.”
  17. cable news
    Bill O’Reilly Has Juan Williams’ BackPlus, Rachel Maddow wants to remind everyone that Williams’s firing is SO not a First Amendment issue, on our regular cable-news roundup.
  18. america’s sweetheart
    Is Liberal Disdain for Sarah Palin a Victorian Holdover?Think about it.
  19. election hair of the dog
    So What Radical Treats Does Obama Have in Store for January 21?Gitmo and stem cells and SCHIP, oh my!
  20. intel
    Liberal Columnist Thomas Frank: ‘Journal’ Readers ‘Get Him’The 2008 addition to the paper’s opinion roster says the financially minded readers of the ‘Journal’ understand what he’s talking about, as opposed to the readers of the “small lefty magazines” he used to write for.
  21. early and often
    Bob Shrum Shows Bill Kristol How It’s DoneHey guys! Did you see Bill Kristol’s first column appeared in the Times today? Boy, was it a doozy. Kristol took his classic conservative bluster and put it front and center on his first day: Thank you, Senator Obama. You’ve defeated Senator Clinton in Iowa. It looks as if you’re about to beat her in New Hampshire. There will be no Clinton Restoration. A nation turns its grateful eyes to you. But gratitude for sparing us a third Clinton term only goes so far. Who, inquiring minds want to know, is going to spare us a first Obama term? After all, for all his ability and charm, Barack Obama is still a liberal Democrat. Blah, blah, blah, Hillary is a national nightmare, liberal Democrats will doom us all. Pretty standard boilerplate, most likely selected to startle the tepidly Democratic readership of the Times opinion pages. But Kristol doesn’t teach us anything we don’t know (“some Democrats are licking their chops at the prospect of a Huckabee nomination”), and he doesn’t question anything we take for granted (“Voters seem to be enjoying making up their own minds this year. And Huckabee is a talented politician.”). So it’s not really that startling at all. But over in the Daily News, we get the same sort of indictment of Hillary Clinton and her campaign machine — only more surprising, this time it’s from former Clintonite and Democratic mastermind Bob Shrum.
  22. intel
    There Goes the Neighborhood: Longstanding UWS Lefty Emporium to Close Isn’t the Upper West Side — especially the upper reaches of the eighties and into the nineties (and well into the hundreds) — supposed to be for lefty intellectual sorts following familiar routines in their sprawling, rent-controlled prewars? Not anymore, it increasingly seems. The owners of Liberty House, a neighborhood fixture on Broadway and 92nd, posted a sign two days ago announcing it will close its doors after 39 years in business, leaving area residents wondering where they’ll find antiwar posters, jewelry handmade by local artisans, and Frida Kahlo tchotchkes.