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Publisher's Note — March 4, 2016, 11:38 am

Fair-weather Progressive

“Hillary Clinton wasn’t really a progressive, or even a liberal Democrat, until Bernie Sanders decided to run for president.”

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Publisher's Note — February 3, 2016, 4:00 pm

The President’s War

“For the first three years of François Hollande’s presidency, he was neither malicious nor dangerous. And yet, since the terrorist attack on the Bataclan, it’s been a whole different story.”

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Publisher's Note — December 15, 2015, 12:24 pm

Something to Cry About

“I was confident the French weren’t going to follow the bad example from overseas and start a ‘war on terror’ à l’américaine. But November 13 changed the equation.”

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Publisher's Note — November 10, 2015, 8:00 am

At Any Cost

“The pundits overestimate Americans’ supposedly anti-aristocratic tendencies, and underestimate Jeb’s profound determination to win.”

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Publisher's Note — October 15, 2015, 1:39 pm

North-side Gods

“Now is the time that tries the souls of Chicago Cubs fans everywhere.”

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Publisher's Note — September 17, 2015, 5:23 pm

Clinton Caution

“As far as substance, there was none — just the usual Clinton caution and excruciatingly scripted bromides designed to offend as few people as possible.”

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