Palestinians are members of our big, messy human family. They are as decent, and at times as indecent, as any other group of people on earth. They are men and women, adults and children. They have hopes, dreams and fears. They want to live their lives in a place where they have opportunity, autonomy and community.

I have never met a woman who terminated a pregnancy without first contemplating the alternatives and imagining the outcomes. It is a decision that no woman makes lightly, and every woman hopes she’ll never have to make at all.

I miss the old Republican party. While I disagreed with much of the Republican platform, it was possible to engage in spirited debate and principled disagreement without flushing democracy down the toilet. Now, Trump’s MAGA acolytes, calling themselves Republicans, represent the greatest threat to democracy since Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s House Unamerican Activities Committee of the 1950s — one of the most un-American spectacles of the past century.

In 2022, U.S. Rep. George Santos fabricated his entire resume in order to get elected to New York's third congressional district. A review of those lies would take up all the space allotted for this column, so to paraphrase novelist Mary McCarthy’s observation about playwright Lillian Hellman: Every word he wrote was a lie, including "and" and "the."

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