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U.S. journalist noted for liberal social and political opinions. He attended Harvard University from 1906 to 1910 but did not graduate. He began his professional career writing baseball stories in the sports section of the New York Morning Telegraph, moving to the Tribune in 1912 as sports writer; eventually he became the paper's drama critic. While at the Tribune he started his famous column "It Seems To Me," taking the column with him when he moved to the World in 1921, where he stayed till 1928. He left the World in 1928, following a conflict with his publisher over his defense of two alleged murderers, Sacco and Vanzetti; he returned to the paper briefly the following year but was again fired over an article he wrote for The Nation in which the World was called "pseudo-liberal." When the World merged with The Telegram in 1931, he became a writer for the new paper till 1939, when he again changed employers because of political differences with his publisher. He joined the staff of the Post that year, staying till his death. He wrote a column in The New Republic, "Shoot the Works," from 1935 till his death.