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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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A giant sign on the side of a hi-rise building in New York calls for Mitt Romney to "cheer up" Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, the day after he was defeated in the presidential election. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
The day after ...

Status quo: A divided House of Representatives, Senate, and White House — Deseret News Editorial

... By preserving the divided status quo, the electorate has prevented anyone from claiming a mandate. Yesterday’s victors should accept the trust returned to them by the people with humility and retrospection. ...

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What does 2012 election mean? — Provo Daily Herald Editorial

... Let us wax apocalyptic: America may not long endure, as Lincoln hoped it would, not because of the 2012 election but because of the underlying culture it reflects. ...

Promises still to keep — Everett (Wash.) Daily Herald Editorial

... To bastardize Allen Ginsberg, we have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by political ads, incessant, hysterical, truth-defiling, dragging themselves through the Everett streets at dawn looking for an angry fix. (Stopping cold turkey from a campaign binge means bracing for soft voices and television marketers not running for Congress.) ...

Obama and 2 parties need to compromise — Des Moines Register Editorial

... The first task for President Obama is to use what Teddy Roosevelt referred to as the president’s "bully pulpit" to rally the nation behind him in persuading Congress to put aside petty partisan grudges and to go to work toward solving the issues that are critical for the future of this nation. ...

Here’s to a distinguished 2nd term for Obama — Tacoma News Tribune Editorial

... We’ll let the partisans cheer and groan; it’s time to settle down to the challenges the president will face in his hard-won second term. ...

Re-election and not much more — Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

After the election, where do we go next? — Idaho Statesman Editorial

Election aftermath requires action on economy — Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial

Lots of money, ads, early votes — Omaha World Herald Editorial

... Campaign spending appears recession-proof. ...

A vote for perseverance — Arizona Republic Editorial

Now it’s time to make good on promises — Oakland Tribune Editorial

Urgent work awaits president, lame-duck Congress — Billings Gazette Editorial

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