National Perspective

National Perspective by David Shribman

July 26, 2014

Salem's Secret Treasure, Hidden Even From the Locals

SALEM, Mass. -- For four generations, members of my family have walked through the doors of the Hawthorne Hotel here on Washington Square, attending meetings of Rotary or the Chamber of Commerce, stepping downstairs into the basement for teen parties, mingling in the lobby after Thanksgiving morning 5K races... continue

July 19, 2014

The Choice of Cleveland

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Republicans have made a choice, and it's the last easy one they will have for the next 23 months. They will hold their national political convention in Cleveland. The last time they went to Cleveland, the Republicans faced a small insurgency. The establishment candidate... continue

July 12, 2014

The Worst President?

Wow. A reputable poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II. Worse than Richard M. Nixon, driven from the presidency by Watergate? Much. Worse than Jimmy Carter, for decades the very symbol of the feckless chief executive? Loads. Worse than George W. Bush, still a... continue

July 05, 2014

Times Are Tough, as Usual

Militants have formally declared a new Islamic state consisting of parts of Syria and Iraq. Russia, loaded with nuclear weapons and resentment, is looking menacingly at Ukraine. China is rich and restive. Israel is in upheaval over the deaths of three teens. There is no reason to believe Iran is refraining from... continue

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