Here are my responses to a few of the most pressing questions of the week:

Is Sarah Palin killing her political career by writing her new book and appearing all over television?

Absolutely not. After screwing the Republican Party in the NY-23 race and whipping the nation into an unnecessary frenzy over nonexistent “death panels,” Oprah’s stage is probably the safest place in the world for Sarah Palin. In order to move into the next stage of her political life, however, Palin must do more than offer revisionist narratives about her time on the campaign trail. She must also develop a deeper understanding of domestic and foreign policy, find ways of reaching out to moderate Republicans and convince all Americans that she is more than a political show horse. While none of these things are impossible, I’m not holding my breath.

Why would Obama allow Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to be tried in New York civilian court, when even Muhammad himself wants to be tried in front of a military tribunal?


First, contrary to what the Right has erroneously stated, this decision comes from Attorney General Eric Holder, not President Barack Obama. Second, why should we trust that Mohammed was being honest? Are terrorists known for their candor and sincerity when speaking to the Western media? Even if he is telling the truth, why should we base our criminal justice decisions on his desires? While I’m not convinced that civilian court is the right move, I have no doubt that we have the ability to keep New York safe, avoid a media spectacle, offer a fair and just trial, and secure an appropriate verdict. I say let’s celebrate the possible triumph of justice and not fall into the all-too-familiar game of “blame the opposition.”

What do you think about the rumors that the New York Knicks might pick up Allen Iverson?

As a die-hard Philadelphian, I hope that the Knicks are dumb enough to sign Iverson. A 6-foot shooting guard who avoids practice, doesn’t pass the ball and can’t guard anyone at his position, Iverson has always been a hard guy to play with. Now that he’s lost a few steps, Iverson is nothing more than an egomaniacal team cancer who isn’t worth a veteran’s minimum contract.

That said, given the Knicks’ history, expect to see Iverson in uniform next week.

– Marc Lamont Hill is a professor at Columbia University.

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