Author: Alan Steinberg

Sports and politics do mix: Welcome the next NFL Commissioner, Condi Rice

Sports and politics do mix: Welcome the next NFL Commissioner, Condi Rice          There are many sports fans who insist on believing that old bromide that sports and politics do not mix. They are living in a fantasyland and cannot distinguish between the real world and the reel world.

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The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana

The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana      Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War 2.  It started with the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany on September 1, 1939. Two days later, Great Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany.

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My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. There is further speculation as to what kind of president she would be.

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My Richard Nixon Ambivalence





My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about him, and this feeling endures.

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The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America

The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul during the past few days is the current leading topic of journalists covering the first stirrings of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination campaign. The media portrayed this rather heated verbal altercation as a policy dispute between Perry, a foreign policy “interventionist” and Paul, an “isolationist”. I believe that this is actually an oversimplification of the positions of both candidates.

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Jeff Bell’s Most Effective Issue: Opposition to Common Core

Jeff Bell’s Most Effective Issue: Opposition to Common Core  To me, Jeff Bell will always be a young man of 34 years, as he was when he scored his historic upset victory in the June, 1978 Republican primary election over the then incumbent U.S. Senator Clifford Case. Jeff made history in that primary by scoring the first significant electoral victory for the tax cut ideology that propelled Ronald Reagan to the White House two years later in 1980.

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Au Revoir,

Au Revoir,         Recently, I have been writing fewer columns as a contributing columnist for  The reason:  I am busily involved with writing a new book.  The target date for publication is November, 2014.

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Israeli "Settlements": A New Jersey Story

Israeli "Settlements":  A New Jersey Story    President Barack Obama is making his current trip to Israel in the hope of establishing anew the warm relationship that existed between the United States of America and the Jewish State during the administration of his predecessor, George W. Bush.  During the first term of President Obama, relations between America and Israel regressed to their worst point since Jimmy Carter left office in 1981. Both Obama and his then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attributed this to the continued existence of Israeli "settlements," defined as those Jewish communities situated in the West Bank beyond the "Green Line," the Israeli border with Jordan before its victory in the Six Day War of June, 1967. 


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Return of the Jebi

Return of the Jebi      Jeb Bush is now the main topic of discussion of the Washington political chattering class, specifically regarding whether he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.  After over four years in which he stayed mostly out of the political limelight, the former Florida governor is on television talk shows night after night, promoting his new book, Immigration Wars, co-authored with Republican attorney and policy guru Clint Bolick.





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The Sequester Drama: The Major Winner: The Tea Party. The Major Loser: Obama

The Sequester Drama:  The Major Winner:  The Tea Party.  The Major Loser:  Obama   The sequester is here, and the sky has not fallen.  The long airport lines, unpaid janitors, furloughed teachers and hundreds of thousands of other lost jobs predicted by President Barack Obama have not materialized.  His poll ratings are collapsing, and his credibility has been badly diminished.


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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 23rd

Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse. In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of...


Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >


(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
Sports and politics do mix: Welcome the next NFL Commissioner, Condi Rice          There are many sports fans who insist on believing that old bromide that sports and politics do... more »
(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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