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Entries by Chris Meserole

Obama and the Morning Light

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2016 | 3:35 PM

The first year we were married, my wife served as a part-time youth pastor in a sleepy exurban town. It was typical New England. Lush grass and immaculate homes in the town square; then down the hill nearer water's edge, the echo of a working class neighborhood. More modest houses,...

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Obama and the New Liberalism

(272) Comments | Posted December 31, 2010 | 10:29 AM

What a year. From the earthquake in Haiti to the rescue of the Chilean miners, 2010 certainly wasn't lacking for compelling human drama.

Nor was it lacking for politically transformative events. Indeed, given three stories in particular -- the passage of Obamacare, the extra-judicial authorization to assassinate...

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Israel's Risk

(365) Comments | Posted January 5, 2009 | 5:42 PM

As Israeli ground forces continue to fight their way through Gaza, there's been no shortage of commentary on the causes and possible consequences of the current conflict.

For the most...

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Obama's Speech, and the Strategy Behind It

(45) Comments | Posted August 29, 2008 | 1:39 PM

Republicans should be scared.

Not because Obama just delivered a great speech, but because it pretty clearly demonstrated what Obama has been up to for the last month.

As you may recall, the mainline press has spent the last few weeks pontificating ad nauseam about the...

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What Georgia Got Wrong: Iran

(83) Comments | Posted August 12, 2008 | 3:20 PM

For all its seeming complexities, sometimes politics can be painstakingly simple.

Take central Asia. For at least a year now, it's been clear that the Bush administration has two priorities in the region.

The first is to contain Iran and curtail its nuclear program. The second is to...

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Dispatch from Jerusalem

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2008 | 3:12 PM

Jerusalem is a city famed for its faith and shamed by its violence.

That much I knew when I arrived here last month. What I didn't know was that the shame stems not from how much violence there is, but how little.

Take the attack yesterday afternoon near the...

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Worse Than "Mission Accomplished"

(24) Comments | Posted October 7, 2007 | 11:44 PM

Not since "Mission Accomplished" had President Bush made such an iconic blunder.

When the president insisted to the world on Friday that "this government does not torture people," the gap between the rhetoric and reality of his words was so bitterly obvious that it instantly became the...

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Week in Review: The Real Betrayal

(2) Comments | Posted September 23, 2007 | 8:36 PM

As Matt Bai noted this morning, the dominant story of the past two weeks isn't so much Congress's haggling over Iraq as its frenetic posturing over the now infamous "Petraeus or Betray Us" ad. Published in the Times on September 10th,...

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From Guantanamo, With Love

(9) Comments | Posted August 19, 2007 | 2:10 PM

Fifty years ago next week, American audiences were introduced to Ian Fleming's From Russia, With Love. As the fifth installment of the 007 series, the novel matched the suave brutality of a British agent against the brute efficiency of the Soviet system -- and...

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Just Another Week in Guantanamo

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2007 | 12:17 PM

Another week, another slew of bad news for Guantanamo -- and the Military Commissions Act that legalized it.

The most recent trouble began last Sunday, when the New Yorker published its chilling piece on the treatment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, currently Guantanamo's...

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Senator Feinstein: Why to Close Guantanamo, Repeal the MCA, and Restore the Rule of Law

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2007 | 2:25 PM

In an op-ed yesterday, Senator Feinstein hit the nail on the head when it comes to the Military Commissions Act. "We must track down, prosecute and punish terrorists," she wrote. "But we must never forget that we are a nation of...

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Help Pass the Leahy Amendment

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2007 | 8:59 AM

As ThinkProgress reported Monday, this week Senator Leahy and Senator Specter have been hoping to introduce a much-needed amendment to the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

For those unfamiliar with the MCA, it's the bill that officially made Guantanamo legal. More specifically,...

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Top 10 Reasons to Repeal the Military Commissions Act

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2007 | 10:11 AM

As I first mentioned on the 4th of July, there's now a petition going to repeal the Military Commissions Act, the bill that formally made Guantanamo legal.

Needless to say, there's no shortage of reasons to repeal the MCA....

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Today's NSA ruling: Why It's So Flawed, and Why It's Another Reason to Repeal the MCA

(6) Comments | Posted July 6, 2007 | 7:06 PM

Back on the 4th I announced, an on-line petition to repeal the Military Commissions Act that Congress passed last fall.

Not two days later, we've already been reminded just how crucial such legislative pressure is. For...

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(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2007 | 4:55 PM

Fireworks and hotdogs may be the most famous ways to celebrate July 4th, but this year there's an even more fitting one: now you can celebrate our Declaration of Independence by voting to repeal the Military Commissions Act.

If you're unfamiliar with the

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The Strange Justice of Alberto Gonzales

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2007 | 4:06 PM

The great charge of justice is not to redeem history but to make it possible. The great failure of Alberto Gonzales is his refusal to heed that charge.

To see what I mean, let's start with the former statement. Redemption no doubt has its place, but human justice isn't it....

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The Politics of Good Friday

(42) Comments | Posted April 6, 2007 | 6:30 PM

As the son of a pastor, I learned early on that each season of the Christian calendar brought with it a new set of questions. In that regard, Easter was no exception: for one, there was the whole resurrection thing; for another, that small matter of the ascension. Not easy...

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Silence and the Public Sphere

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2007 | 9:13 AM

The great irony of American public life today is this: never before have we so fully democratized political speech, yet never before have we so thoroughly misunderstood the nature and meaning of political silence.

To see what I mean, we need to pause for a moment to look at silence...

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The Evolution of the Religious Right, with Ralph Reed

(20) Comments | Posted February 12, 2007 | 4:37 PM

Today the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Yale Forum on Faith and Politics are co-hosting Voices and Votes: Religious Convictions in the Public Sphere, a conference on the intersection of religion and politics in America. I'll be liveblogging from the conference throughout the day.

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The Political Packaging of Religion?

(6) Comments | Posted February 12, 2007 | 2:08 PM

Today the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Yale Forum on Faith and Politics are co-hosting Voices and Votes: Religious Convictions in the Public Sphere, a conference on the intersection of religion and politics in America. I'll be liveblogging from the conference throughout the day.

Below is...

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