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WHAT BIDEN SHOULD DO

I watched the debate with friends, at their house. From the moment President Biden walked on stage, the mood in the room plummeted. We got more depressed as the 90 minutes ticked on. The only happy ones were their two

SAYING THE WORD RAPE

With the reversal of Harvey Weinstein’s conviction for rape in Manhattan, his victims will once again have to testify, relive the fear, the revulsion, the embarrassment of what happened to them. They will have to own again the word rape,

WHAT DIVIDES US

A woman I have passed occasionally as we walked our dogs (and as I struggled with my nearly 17-year-old pug, often carrying her) stopped me when she saw me walking alone. Tentatively, she asked about my dog. I told her

TRUMP AND DESANTIS, BROTHERS FROM DIFFERENT MOTHERS

I have a friend whose 14-year-old daughter told him, years ago now, that she identified as male. My friend immediately went to work finding the best medical help, which included counseling. He told me that, if they didn’t live in

ABOUT GRIEF

My 16 1/2 year old pug Gracie slips away more each day. She isn’t suffering, the vet confirmed that, but she also isn’t here — or rather, she’s here, but not here. Dementia, hearing loss, impaired vision, and the distance

THIS IS WHY WOMEN DON’T REPORT RAPE

Joseph Tacopina, defense attorney for Donald Trump, in his cross-examination of E. Jean Carroll, wanted to know why she couldn’t remember exactly what year and day her rape occurred. Why didn’t she scream? Why couldn’t she remember how many other

DON’T BREATHE EASY

There was a collective sigh of relief last week when the Supreme Court failed to banish the use of the abortion drug, mifepristone. But it’s only a temporary decision — this will be back before the court in the near

A NATION IN FEAR

Last week, in a local Target store, an aggressive, disheveled man was ranting and careening down the aisles. As police cars pulled up outside, a woman in the food aisle said, “I hope we don’t get shot.”  A few days after

THE TRUMPS WHO WEREN’T THERE

As much as Donald Trump tries to inhabit the entire spotlight himself, looming over its landscape, spotlights don’t work like that. They illuminate everything. The political spotlight is exceptionally thorough, spilling onto family members and letting the world in on

DAVID HOGG, THE ADULT IN THE ROOM

When he was 17, David Hogg was sitting in an Environmental Science class at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when gunshots rang out. He and other students hid in a closet, and he recorded the shooting on