Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774
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Lt. Dan Ludmir sat next to Afghan civilians at meals, sharing food from the same plate. Hosts poured him cups of chai tea. It is well known among U.S. Marines, he said, that Afghan families reserve the nicest mattress for guests. And yet, beneath the handshakes and generous hospitality, Ludmir, a Philadelphia-area native, said the most urgent and constant threat...
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Ron Jones was one of the most popular teachers at Cubberley High School in Northern California when in April 1967, he turned his classroom into a fascist state and instructed students to salute him. At 25, he was not much older than many of his students and was determined not to repeat the drab lessons he’d sat through in school...
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A swanky new ballroom on North Broad Street is quite a distance from Tzipi Livni’s usual political home turf. But during her Oct. 14 speech here, Israel’s onetime foreign minister and deputy prime minister sounded an awful lot like a candidate. Maybe that’s because a marquee politician — even one who is out of office — may just automatically come...
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Arlen Specter, a lifelong squash player — he famously played even while undergoing chemo­therapy treatments — used to stake out choice territory on the court. He was, according to his partners, as aggressive in the game as he was in life. Edward. H Rosen, a friend of Specter’s since the late 1950s, recalled a game on Election Day in 1969,...
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Sen. Bob Casey is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate and is facing Tom Smith, a entrepreneur in the coal industry from Western Pennsylvania. Casey is a socially conservative Democrat who sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, where he has pres­sed for sanctions against Iran. For much of the past year, the race has been fairly quiet, but...
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