Alvin Felzenberg


January 2011


Obama's State of the Union Was Tantamount to Plagiarism

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what can be said of plagiarism? President Obama’s second State of the Union address contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince. I suppose this is what one does when one not only has nothing new to ...

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TAGS:
Obama, Barack
State of the Union
White House
politics
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Kennedy, John
Reagan, Ronald

Joe Lieberman Is a Modern Day Profile in Courage

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In 1955, Sen. John F. Kennedy, with a powerful (some say determinative) assist from his principal aide, Ted Sorensen, produced a book that became an instant classic. In contrast to the dribble that so many aspiring presidential hopefuls have brought forth since, Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage

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Kennedy, John
Congress
Senate
politics
Reagan, Ronald
Lieberman, Joe
Kennedy, Ted
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Petraeus, David
McCain, John
Obama, Barack
health care reform
health care
energy
energy policy and climate change
gun control and gun rights

Obama's Tucson Speech Was Reagan-esque

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Tragedies have a way of bringing out the best in some and the worst in others. When I first learned of the attack made on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords last weekend, memory carried me back to a tragic day in San Francisco in the fall of 1978. That was when former city supervisor Dan White entered the ...

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TAGS:
Congress
Boehner, John
Feinstein, Dianne
Brewer, Jan
Giffords, Gabrielle
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
immigration reform
Reagan, Ronald
Reagan, Nancy

Lessons for Boehner from Pelosi, Gingrich and Rayburn

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What history may know as the “Boehner Era” began yesterday. In what must have been the most anticipated and widely covered House transition in recent memory, John Boehner mounted the rostrum for the first time as the 61st Speaker of the House of Representatives. He got off to a good start.

Boehner ...

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TAGS:
politics
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
health care reform
national security terrorism and the military
DeFazio, Peter
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Pelosi, Nancy
Boehner, John
Congress

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