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A Jerusalem Education

“It gradually dawned on me that since 1967, I had made very little progress in seeing Arabs or empathizing with their plight.”

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A straightforward strategy for reversing the rightward trend of both parties

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The “Paper of Record” Gets it Wrong on André Schiffrin

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Why are opponents of Bill de Blasio invoking the David Dinkins era?

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Working on the Railroad

Uncle Sam? Not much

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