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In D.C., foreign visitors wonder what’s happened to us | LIHerald.com

In D.C., foreign visitors wonder what’s happened to us | LIHerald.com

They say that travel is a broadening experience, and that when we leave our home base, there’s always something we can learn. A trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in my daughter Katherine’s college Parents Weekend gave me a few lessons in what the world thinks about the recent shutdown of the American government.
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Two Congressmen who are worthy of praise | LIHerald

Two Congressmen who are worthy of praise | LIHerald

They say that “politics makes strange bedfellows.” While they are far from being alike, two members of Congress from Long Island are playing major roles in the ongoing debate about how to open up the government after a shutdown. While their activities are quite different, both are in a position to have an impact on the debate.

Rep. Steve Israel is a well entrenched member of the Democratic minority. He is an expert on a variety of subjects, from energy to technology. But his major role is as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. His job is not an easy one. No doubt, the shutdown of the government has given Israel a great opportunity to accomplish a lot for a party that is out of power.
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Obama hasn’t been much help to Obamacare | LI Herald

Obama hasn’t been much help to Obamacare | LI Herald

I’ve seen a lot of presidents come and go. The vast majority of them have made some type of mistake that hurt their popularity as well as their legacy, but there hasn’t been as big a mistake as President Obama’s mishandling of so-called Obamacare.

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Another summer rushes past | LIHerald

Another summer rushes past | LIHerald

The most commonly repeated words you’ll hear in the next few days are “I can’t believe it’s August.” In my lifetime, summers have always gone by quickly, but as you get older, they go by even faster. This may not be the most memorable summer in history, but the world around us continues to be active and challenging.
The true believers around the country still insist that there is no such thing as global warming, but tell that to the people all over America who have been hit with destructive wildfires, massive flooding and freak thunderstorms that rival anything ever experienced. Those polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate, but the naysayers still babble about the earth’s natural climatic cycles.
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