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Making Sense of It All

The American Society of Magazine Editors, of which I am the last surviving founder, announced today this year’s finalists for the National Magazine Awards. It’s no surprise that Iraq is high on the list of subject matter–the Abu Ghraib scandal and the massacre at Hadditha–along with articles about breast cancer, fishing, Scientology and the best […]

Valerie Plame Speaks

Nearly four years after her cover at the CIA was blown, Valerie Plame testified before Congress today and she made it perfectly clear that “that senior officials at the White House and State Department “carelessly and recklessly” blew her cover to discredit her diplomat-husband.” “My name and identity were carelessly and recklessly abused by senior […]

Where Has Our Sense of Decency Gone?

The immigration raid last week in New Bedford, MA sparked new outcry about the lack of immigration reform. The first paragraph in an editorial in yesterday’s N.Y. Times jumped out at me and I can’t help but wonder, like the Times editorial board, where has our sense of decency gone: A screaming baby girl has […]