On impeachment: should pragmatism Trump principle?

The thought of impeaching Donald J. Trump is enticing, especially because my preferred approach, drawing and quartering, became illegal in the mid 19th century. Despite the allure of impeachment  and despite its having been a pledge on which some new members ran for Congress in 2018, Nancy Pelosi was right to say she is against …

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Seventh CD a battle between good and better

Whoever wins  the Massachusetts  7th Congressional district Democratic primary on  September 4th  will be uncontested in November and  serve in the next Congress. It will be a Democrat, but what kind and what difference will that make for us? In the intergenerational struggle for control of the Democratic Party,  Ayanna Pressley, 44, hopes to unseat long-term incumbent Michael Capuano,66,  from the …

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Secrecy tips the case of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Obama's proposed trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has me in a quandary.  I've long held that free trade benefits everyone in the long run.  It's what happens in the short run that can be daunting.  Reduce or eliminate barriers to other nations' products and we get the benefit of lower prices and greater selection …

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