“When you survey the impact of the Kennedys on American life and politics and policy, he will end up by far being the most significant.” –Norman Ornstein, political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute Given his personal problems (Chappaquiddick, drinking, womanizing, a plane crash, failed presidential run), how could Ornstein make such a claim about…

In my inbox today was a promotion for this TV show: “The Way of the Master” is an evangelical ministry created by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron to train Christians in the art of apologetics and open-air evangelism. A new spin on reality TV, each program is 30 minutes of Ray and Kirk teaching Christians…

The Washington Post featured two relatives of victims of the Lockerbie Pan Am attack. Each had lost loved ones, but one supported and one opposed the Scottish court’s decision to allow the terrorist, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, to return to Libya to die (he has cancer). Stephanie Bernstein’s husband died; she opposed releasing al-Megrahi: “Releasing…

Nick Kristoff’s characteristically thought-provoking column begins by telling the story of a man who got life imprisonment for stealing a pair of socks (as a result of the three-strikes-and-you’re-out law) and then notes that California will spend roughly $49,000 per year to keep the sock thief behind bars. Kristoff notes: “The United States incarcerates people…

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Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of the Founding Faith: Politics, Providence, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, which has been published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman was a political journalist, serving as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and many others.

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