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Piers Morgan, Feather Duster

Unexpected names appear on short lists from time to time, but few were as surprising as Piers Morgan’s, which somehow squeaked its way into the running to replace the retiring Larry King’s on CNN’s prime-time evening show Tonight and …

The Ambivalent Theocrat

There are legitimate theological arguments on both sides of our political divide, but they are not equally well received. In America, it seems, one man’s moral teacher is another’s Torquemada — the difference is usually determined by …

The Gay Divorcees

Announcing the results of his long-term “evolution” on the subject last week, President Obama revived the debate over gay marriage. In the widespread discussion, however, there is one question that’s rarely asked: How interested are g…

Quebec’s Students Revolt

In Quebec, the students are revolting. This is both surprising and utterly predictable: surprising because college students in French Canada have by far the best financial deal in the country and should thus be the last people to complain, predictable …

Occupying Wells Fargo

They call it “Western Wall Street” when they’re being polite, and quite the variety of unpleasant names when they are not, and they seem intent on singling it out for special treatment. Its real name is Wells Fargo, and the Occupy mov…

Occupy’s Totalitarian Temptation

Yesterday morning, I sauntered into Madison Square Park before many others had arrived. The “Free University” was still setting itself up, and it was a forlorn sight. Lonely red balloons flew at various points around the fountains, and bore…

Sarkozy’s Last Stand

Few countries in the world offer a political canvas as eccentric as France’s. There are ten candidates on the ballot for this Sunday’s presidential election: Six of them are socialists of one stripe or another, one is an avowed Communist, a…

The Department of Labor’s Derrick Bell

This is what E. Christi Cunningham — or, rather, e. christi cunningham, as she affectedly “actualizes” herself — wrote about sexual-harassment law in her 1999 Chicago Legal Forum paper, “Preserving Normal Heterosexual Male…