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The Future Might Still Be Democratic Blue

(2) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 3:55 PM

With results from last night seemingly devastating to the Democratic Party and the cause of liberalism, it's worth keeping in mind the good news: this won't last very long. The Republican recovery, such as it is, is bound to be short-lived.

That, at least, is the argument of Democratic strategist...

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What Obama Could Learn from a New Book on FDR

(37) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 6:14 PM

Health care reform is a major victory for the United States. But, paradoxically, its very passage illustrates the depths of government dysfunction. Reform took 13 months, billions of dollars in advertising and lobbying, and Herculean patience and effort on the part of lawmakers, voters and grassroots supporters -- and still...

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What Obama Owes Bill Clinton

(149) Comments | Posted March 31, 2008 | 10:54 AM

An increasing number of commentators are coming to the realization that it is almost impossible for Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination. The superdelegates are not going to overrule the pledged delegates, and they never were going to. The New York Times' David Brooks suggested on Meet the...

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Two Years of "The Israel Lobby," Part 2

(8) Comments | Posted March 26, 2008 | 5:43 AM

Two years ago this week, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt released their essay "The Israel Lobby" and kick-started a much-overdue discussion of America's relationship with Israel.

For those not in the know, Mearsheimer is a prominent political scientist at the University of Chicago, and Walt is a political scientist...

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Two Years of "The Israel Lobby," Part 1

(40) Comments | Posted March 23, 2008 | 12:54 PM

Two years ago this week, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt released their essay "The Israel Lobby" and kick-started a much-overdue discussion of America's relationship with Israel.

For those not in the know, Mearsheimer is a prominent political scientist at the University of Chicago, and Walt is a political scientist...

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Our Fascination with Christopher Hitchens

(12) Comments | Posted March 20, 2008 | 9:24 AM

Today, during my mid-afternoon media stroll, I happened upon an article in the Village Voice examining Eliot Spitzer's lust. Except it wasn't an article on Eliot Spitzer's lust--it was article on Christopher Hitchens on Eliot Spitzer's lust. It turns out Hitchens had offered a take on Spitzer and...

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HBO to John Adams: We Think You Were a Slob

(9) Comments | Posted March 17, 2008 | 6:25 PM

Unlike the critics, apparently, I liked the debut episode of the John Adams miniseries on HBO. I'm a sucker for American history, though, and I will be the first to admit I'm not very discriminating in my tastes.

But even I balked at having Adams portrayed by Paul Giamatti....

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