So here we are. No matter how trivial or horrific, it seems we have reached a stage in our national and international debates where no event is allowed to rise or fall on its own merit anymore.

There is a shock of recognition in the scenes that begin and end “Selma,” the elegiac new work by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Even if you know only a little about your history, the events surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery,…

Dec 05

I sympathize with your confusion. If cameras pinned to officers’ lapels are the solution, then why didn’t a video of a man being choked to death sway a New York grand jury? If a government shutdown was such a costly…

Roller coasters were the worst. It took me some years to realize what I dreaded was not the steep drops and the sudden turns. It was the inevitability -- the slow chug-a-lug to the top of the ride, knowing all…

Oct 17

Gwen Ifill visits both sides of the chasm while reporting on a tossup Senate race in Colorado one day and from inside the halls at the Treasury Department the next.

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