27 October 2021

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Why I’m optimistic about the future

Why I’m optimistic about the future


One of the great privileges of teaching and working on a university campus is the chance to be in regular touch with young people. Even better, I some...
29 September 2021

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What it means to be an American

What it means to be an American


I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I su...
22 September 2021

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There’s still work to do

There’s still work to do


As the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approached, I thought a lot about the 9/11 Commission, which I co-chaired with former New Jersey Gov. ...
15 September 2021

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Lessons from 9/11 that Congress could learn

Lessons from 9/11 that Congress could learn


Most Americans alive 20 years ago remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001. They remember the airplane hijackings, the attacks and the collapse of t...
04 August 2021

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Why voters vote as they do

Why voters vote as they do


Maybe it’s just a professional preoccupation, but I’ve always been intrigued by why voters cast their ballots as they do. I’ve never made a form...
21 July 2021

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The fight over voting rights

The fight over voting rights


Call me naïve, but I’ve never quite gotten why some politicians want to limit voters’ ability to cast their ballots. Sure, I know that plenty of ...
07 July 2021

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Whatever you think of it, we’re global

Whatever you think of it, we’re global


My Opinion
No matter how hard we try, we really can’t avoid one another. We live in a world where what takes place somewhere else on the globe has a ...
16 June 2021

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Talking about the ‘common good’

Talking about the ‘common good’


I’ve always been impressed that the preamble to the Constitution begins “We the People of the United States.” We’ve heard the phrase so often ...
09 June 2021

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Can U.S. sustain international order?

Can U.S. sustain international order?


We don’t often think that how the United States conducts itself at home has much impact on how we face the world, but it does. You’d be amazed at ...
02 June 2021

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Country’s stronger when more people vote

Country’s stronger when more people vote


There is a fight going on over the heart of our democracy, and I worry that democracy is losing. Over the last few months, several states have moved d...