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The opening words of "Our American Flag," a column written by Dr. James Burns as an "iconic tribute to our flag and country," are particularly poignant today -- Flag Day, the annual commemoration of "Old Glory" -- and worth a mention here.

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While we, members of and believers in the Fourth Estate, appreciate the sentiment of the cartoon above, and agree it has merit, we can't run with the overblown idea that an evolving media landscape poses the absolute gravest danger to U.S. democracy.

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WASHINGTON -- One measure of the seriousness of a Democratic candidate for president is his or her understanding of the importance of religion in our common life. I am not talking here of the perfunctory bow toward personal, sectarian belief, which is neither qualifying nor disqualifying in …

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WASHINGTON -- "It is a great advantage to a president," said the 30th of them, "and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man." Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today's incumbent advertises himself as an "extremely stable genius" …

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WASHINGTON -- Three years ago, Bernie Sanders made socialism cool again. Suddenly you couldn't swing a cat in Brooklyn without sending it through a chapter meeting of the Democratic Socialists of America or tweet a joke about Karl Marx without getting a very serious lecture about the labor t…