All Out of Ideas: The Dumbing Down of American Discourse

The problem with our politics isn’t the collapse of left or right; it’s our inability to think rigorously about the challenges we face

Colbert Gets on the Sabra NFL Bandwagon

Plus an on-screen shout out to the Scroll

Mandy Patinkin Does Weddings Now, Too

Blesses couple during Stephen Colbert’s on-air ‘shutdown wedding’ ceremony

Daybreak: Israel Stays Mum on Chávez

Plus the latest development in the Prisoner X saga

Building True Acceptance

By helping gay kids, synagogues and Jewish schools can make the community better for all of us

Authors Respond to Their Books Being Banned

Sendak and Roth each add their own bon mot

Maurice the Mensch

A few more notes on the late illustrator Sendak

A Jewish Guide to the South Carolina Primary

More palmettos than Jews!

Israeli Spring

Occupy Wall Street protesters insist their movement echoes this year’s Arab revolutions. A better analogue is the Tel Aviv tent-city protests.

Expansive

Robert Pinsky’s career-spanning Selected Poems highlights his movement from meditative formalist to Whitmanesque bard

Sundown: Saudi Police Open Fire

Plus Rosenblatt’s jeremiad, Peres’s nonsense, and more

Looking Ahead

The secular new year forces us to look forward, and tradition requires we make resolutions.

Chuckles

Jon Stewart’s ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ was a wasted opportunity for liberals

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Viva Shelley Berkley, and more

Restoring Parenting Sanity

While Colbert and Stewart face off in D.C., parents, too, hover between sanity and fear

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