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Category Archives: Current Affairs

Back to our regularly scheduled programming?

Are you sick of politics? I’m sure tired of writing about it. So, when do I go back to writing about public speaking? Writing? My books? Reseda? When do things go back to normal? Like it or not, this is the new normal. And we have to live with it from this point forward.

If you change your mind

Before you write this off as more liberal whining, I’ll tell you a secret. In 1980, I voted for Ronald Reagan.

My hopes for 2017

I can dwell on what a crap year 2016 was. But it will end, and 2017 will start. It doesn’t mean that things will instantly be better the moment the ball drops at Times Square. The problems and losses we faced in 2016 will still be there. But a new year gives us the opportunity to hope. …

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The real way to battle fake news

I’ve been getting a lot of visits to my speech “Don’t Believe Everything You Read,” possibly because of all the talk about fake news. (You may also want to see my post “Anatomy of a hoax” for more information.) The real problem with fake news is that it makes us distrustful of any news source. …

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Uncertain times need art

Every hostile tweet. Every head-scratching cabinet nomination. Every missed intelligence briefing. But every sense that this is the new reality we’re heading towards. We can’t depend on a recount or the Electoral College to change the outcome. There are no do-overs or returns and exchanges with a receipt. We can’t Kübler-Ross out of this one. We …

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