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A Sense of Inevitability

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During my recent trip to Israel, I spent some time at the Knesset. In place of the heated rhetoric and tempestuous debates that often reverberate across the Plenary Hall, there was the sound of silence. With Prime Minister Netanyahu’s dissolution of the 19th Knesset, the lively and fiery discussions are on hold until the...

Troodler’s Top Ten Of 2014

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As we bid farewell to 2014 and close the book on yet another year, it is an ideal time to look back at the past twelve months and reflect on all that transpired during that time. At year’s end we are subjected to an array of “Top Ten” lists. Movies, songs, sports moments, news stories–you name it, there is a list that ranks it. Politics is by no means immune to these seemingly endless “Top Ten” lists. And so, in that spirit, I present to you my top ten New Jersey political personalities of 2014.

10. Lou Stellato: The Chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Committee had a banner year. After a long, dry run, Democratic representatives of the most populous county in New Jersey...

The GOP Presidential Wannabes

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To a certain extent, running for President of the United States is a glorified popularity contest. As we know, it is not always the best and the brightest who seek to secure the highest political office in the nation. While there are certainly some truly brilliant individuals who excel in the areas of public policy, international affairs, and the inner workings of the governmental process, intelligence alone will not propel you to the ultimate political prize.

In order to become President there are a variety of character traits that are unofficial prerequisites. Charisma and charm are on the list. Good looks and good health are up there. An incredibly thick skin that can withstand even...

Lessons From Ferguson

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Innocent until proven guilty. As Americans, we are intimately familiar with this fundamental precept of the justice system. We may form opinions as to an individual’s innocence or guilt in any particular case, but until the matter is adjudicated in a court of law, our personal judgments carry virtually no significance. The court of public opinion is always in session, but it is the court of law whose decision is ultimately binding.

When the grand jury opted not to indict Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown, their much-awaited decision reverberated throughout the nation. The jurors’ conclusion that Wilson, a white police officer who shot and killed Brown, an unarmed black...

ISIS on the Rise

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As he attempts to counteract the characterizations of him as a “lame duck,” President Obama is facing an array of struggles. As the de facto head of the Democratic Party, he suffered an ignominious defeat in the 2014 midterm elections as Democratic candidates across the country were felled by a Republican tsunami that gave the GOP a sweeping mandate and control of the United States Senate. At home, the President is mired in a debate about immigration reform that puts him at odds with the newly empowered Republican congressional leadership. Our Commander-in-Chief is also desperately seeking to avoid a complete collapse of the nuclear talks with Iran, a sensitive international issue...

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