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The politics of grieving

On January 5th, President Obama appeared on television to unveil new gun control measures. While speaking about the shooting at Sandy Hook – and in the full glare of the cameras – he shed a few tears. Some people were moved – others outraged, and others attacked for being moved, or being outraged. But in this shouting match what was lost was a real conversation – and moreover, appreciation that a conversation is what democracy should be based on.

Defending Kim Davis

Defending Kim Davis is a questionable act. Ever since she made national headlines in September for refusing to issue marriage licenses – to any couple – because she believed the sanctity of marriage had been ruined by the ruling in favor of gay marriage, this county clerk from Kentucky has been made a caricature: a hero for few and the paradigm of prejudice for many liberals.