Kate Havard Articles

Cool Istanbul

Bright young things of the Bosphorus
Jul 21, 2014

Demet Muftuoglu-Eseli is standing perilously close to the fire. The Turkish fashion mogul turned gallerist is hosting a gala dinner for “Istancool,” the annual arts and culture festival she founded with her husband in 2009. The proceedings begin with a “fire poem” by the Scottish artist Robert Montgomery. On a giant scaffold overlooking the Bosphorus, Montgomery mounts wooden letters on pikes:

Everything in the city is perfect

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Not Everybody Loves a Parade

Marching for and against Israel.
Jun 02, 2014

New York
On a cold wet day in April, a small crowd of protesters stood outside the United Jewish Appeal-Federation headquar-ters in New York to oppose the inclusion of anti-Israel groups in the Celebrate Israel parade. This year is the 50th anniversary of the parade, one of the most prominent displays of American support for Israel.

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‘Go to Hell, Anti-Semites!’

One reaction to anti-Israel protesters yesterday at Zabar's.
4:50 PM, Apr 23, 2014

Yesterday, on the last day of Passover, protesters surrounded the doors of Zabar’s—the iconic Upper West Side grocer famous for its knishes and lox—to demand the store stop selling the carbonated beverage maker SodaStream. The roughly 40 protesters, carrying guitars and signs decrying “Apartheid Soda,” represented a coalition of volunteers from Adalah-NY (meaning “justice” in Arabic), Jewish Voice for Peace, and m

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Op-Ed Shakespeare

All the world’s a stage, and the men and women merely politicians.
Nov 04, 2013

Shakespeare wrote about kings. Not, as the tour guide at the Globe Theatre told me, because the nobility were the reality stars of their day and the masses wanted to know all their business, but because Shakespeare, like his near-contemporaries John Locke and Thomas Hobbes, was a serious political philosopher. Here, in five essays on five very different regimes portrayed by Shakespeare, Professor Timothy W. Burns of Skidmore College builds on this notion.

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What the Data Didn’t Show

Martin O’Malley’s vaunted management techniques missed the massive corruption in the Baltimore jail.
Jun 03, 2013

The presidential ambitions of Maryland governor Martin O’Malley have taken a hit after a federal investigation uncovered a sordid sex-drugs-and-racketeering ring festering right under his nose.

On April 23, prosecutors indicted 13 state corrections officers on charges that they colluded with inmates at the Baltimore City Detention Center (BCDC) to launder money and smuggle drugs and cell phones to the inmates, members of a prison gang called the Black Guerrilla Family.

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Downward Mobility

Maryland’s sorry Republican party.
May 06, 2013

Timonium, Md.
It’s not easy being a Maryland Republican. The little state on the Chesapeake is quickly becoming one of the bluest in the country, led by a high-profile governor with presidential ambitions.


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Spaghetti with Regulation Sauce

Restaurant owners work overtime to figure out Obamacare.
Dec 31, 2012

The owner of an Italian restaurant in Baltimore was going to talk to me about how his business was preparing for Obamacare, now that it is going to be the law of the land. But seeing the backlash faced by other businessmen who dared to suggest the law might have a less than salubrious impact on their businesses, he was having second thoughts.

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Now with the Union Label

The TSA’s new uniforms.
Dec 10, 2012

If you’re headed to the airport for the holidays, here are some tips to keep you off the Transportation Security Administration’s “naughty list”: Holiday puddings (even the figgy kind) are considered “gel-like” substances and must be carried in clear plastic containers of no more than 3.4 ounces.

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The Negative Guys

Josh Mandel’s uphill struggle.
Nov 05, 2012

Columbus, Ohio

You might think an über-liberal like Democratic senator Sherrod Brown would be losing big time in moderate Ohio this year, but he isn’t.

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Military for Romney

10:35 PM, Nov 01, 2012

It is no surprise Barack Obama’s campaign is running ads to highlight the support of former chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell. After all, for the most part, the military overwhelmingly supports Mitt Romney.

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A Taxing Proposition

Will California’s voters soak themselves?
Oct 29, 2012

California is a wonderful state mismanaged by lunatics,” declares Steven Greenhut, vice president of journalism for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. Anyone who examines California’s economy ought to agree.

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The Cajun Primary Rages

8:36 AM, Oct 06, 2012

As the Cajun primary in south Louisiana rages on, observers continue to describe the race between Congressmen Jeff Landry and Congressman Charles Boustany as a typical Tea Party versus establishment Republican race. But it isn’t.

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It’s Not Really a Farm Bill

It’s a food stamp behemoth.
Oct 01, 2012

This week, Congress is under pressure to pass the 2012 farm bill before the current legislation expires on September 30. About every five years, Congress pushes through a farm bill, ostensibly a big bundle of agriculture subsidies that also funds food stamps. But the name is misleading. Nearly 80 percent of the $1 trillion the 2012 bill would spend over the next 10 years would go to the food stamp program. 

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Only One Can Survive

Sep 10, 2012

Lafayette, La.
Deep in the swampland, a battle is brewing. It is less than two weeks from the start of alligator hunting season. The gators have dug their holes in the bankside, and their young have all hatched. The population is at its peak. Jogging paths near large bodies of water are closed off. Now is the time to keep a close watch on your pets and not let your children go wading. The reptiles are ornery and hungry, packed in and fiercely protecting their territory, preparing for the fight of their lives.

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The Extreme Rhetoric of the 'War on Women'

9:40 AM, Sep 08, 2012

During their convention this week, as expected, Democrats concentrated on their charge that Republicans are waging a “war on women.” And the rhetoric was more extreme than ever.

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Granholm's Oddball Performance

6:10 AM, Sep 07, 2012

Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm's high-powered, fist-pumping speech to the Democratic convention Thursday night has some calling her the "breakout star" of the evening.

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Democrats’ Cynical Pitch to Women

3:48 PM, Sep 06, 2012

Speaking at the Democratic convention's Women's Caucus on Thursday morning, First Lady Michelle Obama made a direct appeal to women voters.

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Dem. Women’s Caucus: Republicans ‘Want to Relegate Women to the Back of the Bus’

4:18 PM, Sep 04, 2012

Luci Ramirez and Jodi Salyers, both Texans, have just spent two hours hearing from top Democratic women like House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the Democratic National Convention’s Women’s Caucus. The message? Republicans don’t like women and want to take away their birth control.

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Why 'Tax Fairness'?

2:16 PM, Aug 30, 2012

In remarks in Tampa, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow noted that Paul Ryan mentioned the phrase “tax fairness” in yesterday’s Republican convention address:

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Hope and Change Hits the Screen

6:55 AM, Aug 28, 2012

After nearly four years of waiting, and a landmark Supreme Court decision, David Bossie, chairman of the advocacy group Citizens United, finally got what he wanted—the chance to make a movie that could change the course of an election.

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Downward Slide

Cultural ‘snapshots’ of America in crisis.
Aug 13, 2012

If you are at all plugged in to the happenings of Hollywood, or have stood in line at the grocery store, or glanced at a newsstand, you know that the Tom Cruise/Katie Holmes divorce has been almost omnipresent since the news broke two months ago. Everybody knows that the tabloid media are, at best, fun trash; but when I recently caught a few minutes of an E! News Update and saw the coverage for myself, it managed to surprise me. A few weeks after the Cruise/Holmes story broke, the E!

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Some Laws Favor Labor Unions

11:00 PM, Aug 09, 2012

A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans.

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Unions Ready Shadow Convention

6:26 PM, Aug 09, 2012

Three weeks before the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, union leaders are investing a significant amount of time and money on a “shadow convention” for organized workers, which will be held August 11 in Philadelphia, and called the Workers Stand for America rally. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will donate $1 million, and “picking up a lot of the tab,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Fortune’s Lump

The unlikely alchemy that leaves a scent.
Jul 02, 2012

A man wanders along a beach, picking up smelly rocks and poking things with sticks. If one of the gray-green lumps he seeks happens to have just the right scent—of squid, musk, and fecal matter—it could change his life. Ambergris is a rare substance which has been used for centuries to make perfume. A little bit excrement and a little bit vomit, this “secretion” of the sperm whale is, ounce per ounce, as valuable as—often, more valuable than—the purest gold. Depending on the quality, a lump of ambergris the size of a potato is worth about $15,000.

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Democrats Hold Giffords's House Seat

1:25 PM, Jun 13, 2012

Democrat Ron Barber defeated Republican Jesse Kelly yesterday in Arizona’s special election for the House seat formerly held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Barber received 52 percent of the vote—to Kelly’s 45 percent—and will serve out the remainder of Giffords’s term, before coming up for reelection in November.

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Tussle in Tucson

A tight race for the Giffords seat.
Jun 11, 2012

The special election to fill the last six months of Gabrielle Giffords’s term in the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona is rapidly approaching. Although the race looks close, no one can say that the candidates are neck and neck. At 6’8”, Republican Jesse Kelly stands head and shoulders above most people—not just his opponent, former Giffords staffer Ron Barber.

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Barrett and O'Malley: Two Peas in a Pod?

5:08 PM, May 31, 2012

Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is lending last minute support today to Democratic Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett in Wisconsin, days before the June 5th gubernatorial recall election. O’Malley is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, so trying to get Barrett elected is (at least part of) his job. But will he be of any help?

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Doomsday for Maryland?

Martin O’Malley’s budget failure.
May 14, 2012


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A New Front in the Fracking War

Ohio’s natural-gas bonanza.
Jan 30, 2012

Starting in March 2011, a series of microearthquakes hit Ohio. The first few registered just above 2.0 on the Richter scale and were not felt by residents. But on New Year’s Eve, a tremor hit Youngstown that measured 4.0—still very mild, but noticed. It was the second quake to hit the area in a week, moreover—and both had epicenters within five miles of a year-old storage well for wastewater that is a byproduct of the extraction of natural gas. 

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One Thousand Days Without a Budget

The GOP calls out the "Do-Nothing Democrats" in the Senate.
8:30 AM, Jan 24, 2012

It has been 1,000 days since the Senate has produced a budget, and congressional Republicans are getting fed up.

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