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Phasing Forward: 'Captain America: Civil War' Proves a Smashing Departure in Marvel's Big Novel for the Big Screen

William Bradley | Posted 05.27.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Captain America: Civil War is proving to be a massive popular hit around the world. And it's doing it by imaginatively knitting together elements from the dozen earlier films in the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe in ways far more reminiscent of classic long-form television.

The Miss Alternate Universe Pageant

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.19.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Positions of authority have a way of inflating people's sense of their own power.

The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn't

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Abu Zubaydah wasn't involved with al-Qaeda; he was the ringleader of nothing; he never took part in planning for the 9/11 attacks. He was brutally mistreated and, in another kind of world, would be exhibit one in the war crimes trials of America's top leaders and its major intelligence agency.

"Phony and Fraud" Anger of White Americans

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

With remarkable clarity and touch of envy, Mitt Romney describes Republican Party front-runner Donald Trump as "a phony, a fraud." Romney also affirms that "I understand the anger Americans feel today."

Bush On Bush: What Every President Should Know

Mark Silva | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Mark Silva

The former president spent almost as much time during his 12 minutes on stage today reminding voters why they should be wary of Donald Trump in Saturday's Republican primary as he did explaining why brother Jeb is the one to choose.

Friday Talking Points -- Back to the 1960s

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For those readers who weren't alive (or old enough) to experience the 1960s, this week we had somewhat of a history lesson, packaged as a Democratic debate. Part of why this happened is that the Democratic presidential campaign has entered into a "convince the minority voters" phase.

REPORT: Rumsfeld Kept Top Officials In The Dark About Damning Iraq Document

POLITICO Magazine | Adam Goldberg | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

The document reveals gaps of intelligence on WMD. Why didn’t the Pentagon chief share it?...

Don't Get Fooled Again: What NOT To Do Is Clear

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Robert S. McElvaine

What France, the United States, and other Western nations should do in response to the unmitigated evil that was perpetrated by terrorists, apparently associated with ISIS, in Paris on Friday is not at all clear.

Week to Week News Quiz for 11/6/15

John Zipperer | Posted 11.06.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Learn what subliminal messages Ayatollah Khamenei has for you by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Oil b...

Bush Sr. Swipes At Cheney, Rumsfeld: 'Arrogant... Just Iron-Ass'

Reuters | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

Former President George H.W. Bush takes some unexpected swipes at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, key members of his son's administration, over their...

Can 'All the King's Men' Put Iraq Together Again?

Charles Knight | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Charles Knight

Sorry, Washington -- you probably can't put Iraq back together again. Certainly, the kinetic effects of more bombing won't repair the damage done to the Iraqi nation since the US invaded in 2003.

Jon Stewart Is Getting Serious

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.22.2015 | Media
Marty Kaplan

I know Jon Stewart has always been adamant that he's a fake journalist, not a real one, so I'm sure he'll like even less what these final shows leave me wanting to call him. Teacher.

Bob Woodward On Donald Rumsfeld's Iraq Comments: 'It's Just A Total Contradiction'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Investigative journalist Bob Woodward on Tuesday rebutted former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s claims that he had always been sk...

Republicans Want You to Forget Why Sending Troops Back to Iraq Is a Terrible Idea

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The 2016 GOP candidates are settled on their desire to send U.S. troops back to Iraq to fight ISIS. While Republicans suffer from short-term memory loss, there's no reason the rest of us should forget what actually happened in Iraq.

Jeb Bush Re-Writes the History of the Iraq War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Nothing illustrates better the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican war hawks who call themselves presidential candidates than their attempts to whitewash the history of how this nation went to war in Iraq.

Jeb Has Fallen Into the Trap. It's Not About What You Know Now, It's About Who You Are

David Paul | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
David Paul

Jeb Bush finally got his answer right. Bowing to the political correctness of the moment, the aspiring President Bush III fell into line and spoke the magic words. If I knew then what I know now, I would not have launched an invasion of Iraq.

Sy Hersh: Old, Cranky and Spot On

Robert Miraldi | Posted 05.19.2016 | Media
Robert Miraldi

This is Sy Hersh. He is irascible, iconoclastic, irrepressible, difficult, passionate -- and still angry about governmental lies. And he is usually right.

Judith Miller Clings to Her Own Stubborn Myths

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.07.2015 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Judith Miller recently popped out of the Fox News bubble for a quick jaunt to the Wall Street Journal editorial page, the home base for John Bolton, Max Boot, and other neo-con hawks, to give her forthcoming book a little free advertising. In the process she attempts to whitewash her role as an influential pro-war voice in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Ten Reasons Why Obama Should Travel to Armenia on April 24

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan has invited several world leaders to Yerevan on April 24 to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. Here are 10 reasons why Air Force One should make an auspicious landing in Yerevan's Zvartnots International Airport on April 24.

Bright Orange Jumpsuit -- An Emblem of Cruelty

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

The bright orange jumpsuit is an authentic piece of evidence to demonstrate that the human species is going bonkers. Rule of law, constitutional rights, mercy, and forgiveness are no longer the prime values.

Cheney: Wrong on Iraq, Right on Torture?

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney was surprisingly persuasive in an emotionally charged Meet the Press appearance Sunday morning. All those Howar...

After Torture Report, Rights of Victims and Accountability for Perpetrators Must Not Be Denied

David Tolbert | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
David Tolbert

How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?

The New GOP Congress Americans Do Not 'Wish They Had'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Midterm elections are not intended to neuter a president. They are midcourse corrections intended to make government work better for the people who elect their representatives; to -- in fact -- transform the government we have into the government the people wish they have.

McConnell to Obama: You Have the Government You Have, Not the One You Wish You Had

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Mr. McConnell: Had your party done its job during the past six years, instead of doing nothing at best and obstructing and obfuscating at worst, we would have a Congress the president could work with, we would have the functioning government the American people wish and deserve, we would have a much better America.

The 'Good' Iraq War? 5 Things to Consider Before We March Into Another Mideast Quagmire

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Here are five things to consider as we discuss this latest insertion of US military personnel, money, and weaponry into, potentially, another Mideast quagmire -- this one being pitched as the "good" or "justified" Iraq War.