Lincoln is Obama's professed ideal. We remember Lincoln today from civics lessons and the monument in Washington, but the historical reality is that he was both soaring idealist and ruthless pragmatist.
Up in the Air is based on a Walter Kirn novel. As I sit down to dinner with him, Kirn has the slightly wide-eyed look of someone who realizes that the old lottery ticket he's been carrying around in his wallet is a jackpot winner.
This is the true story of a couple of ordinary Americans who thought, once they turned 60, that life would be uneventful. Instead, they've just won a prestigious award that honours their world-changing work.
The outcry against trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York is strange. The same people who tell us to stand up to terrorists feel it's too scary to have them in a U.S. courtroom. Giuliani is livid at the idea.