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Rand Paul Is Right

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:41 AM

We like to say our nation has a system of laws, not men. But where do those laws end? Does the Constitution apply everywhere, or just in the United States? This question has suddenly vaulted to prominence thanks to an unlikely protagonist: Senator Rand Paul.

In his recent revival...

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Are We Really Pulling Out of Afghanistan?

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 2:05 PM

America's long war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close. President Obama recently announced that he will speed up troop withdrawals and end most unilateral combat operations there. Yet history teaches that the end of combat rarely means all the troops come home.

In fact, since 1945 America's grand...

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The New Pathway of Journalism, Thanks to Google

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 7:49 PM

Every day, many times a day, people all over the world go to Google News to search for the latest news stories. And whether they're searching for news about "fiscal cliff" or "Kim Kardashian and Kanye West," Google News does for news what Google does for the Web in general...

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In the Land of Blood and Honey: Bosnia, 20 Years Later

(14) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 5:48 PM

War and genocide in the former Yugoslavia will be thrust back into the spotlight this month with the release of In the Land of Blood and Honey, a film written and directed by Angelina Jolie. In often harrowing detail, the film depicts a complex, gripping story of love and deception...

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Red Carpet Copycats

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 1:38 PM

On March 7, ABC will televise the 82nd Academy Awards live from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. Ostensibly the Oscars are about movies. But for many people the Oscars are really about fashion. Fans and paparazzi press against the ropeline to see Hollywood's stars walk the red carpet in...

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Power in the Post American World

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2009 | 10:46 AM

Is the Obama Administration, consumed with the domestic economic crisis, health care reform, and an increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan, doomed to preside over a steady slide in American power--to the benefit of autocratic regimes like Russia and China?

It is increasingly common to hear that...

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The New Guantanamo

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2009 | 5:44 PM

Thursday morning Barack Obama defended his decision to close Guantanamo. Coming on the heels of the Senate's overwhelming rejection of funds to close the base, the speech was an attempt at "going public." He aimed to speak over the heads of Congress to the American people, to convince them that...

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