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Seth Meyers Imagines Trump Giving FDR's Pearl Harbor Address

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 02.03.2017 | Comedy

Seth Meyers thinks he knows how President Donald Trump would have delivered President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s iconic “Day of Infamy” speech. And...

Remember WWII? Scapegoating Was The Wrong Answer Then, Too.

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump’s hastily enacted executive order caused chaos this weekend, leading to the detention of Muslims from seven countries at U.S....

Red, White And Blue Coalition

Norman Siegel | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Norman Siegel

The women’s march/rallies this past weekend were truly inspirational, positive and unprecedented. Millions of Americans―women and men―representi...

Early Signpost of The Trump Era: Heinlein's 'Future History' and Asimov's 'Foundation' at 75

William Bradley | Posted 01.06.2017 | Entertainment
William Bradley

As the bizarre, toxic yet darkly fascinating year 2016 has faded completely into an unknown 2017, a question or two occurs with relevance to the next ...

Some Thoughts On Our First Trump Christmas

William Bradley | Posted 12.23.2016 | Media
William Bradley

President-elect Donald J. Trump. Christmas 2016. Deal with it. Deck the halls. Nah, I'm not that harsh. Far from it. Though I do feel rather distant ...

The Student Debt Crisis Is Driving Elderly People Into Poverty

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Student debt is forcing tens of thousands of elderly Americans into poverty, according to a new Government Accountability Office report...

Trump, Obama and the Missed Opportunity of Pearl Harbor's 75th Anniversary

William Bradley | Posted 12.08.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

How many generals are too many at the top tier of a presidential administration? What level of attention to the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pear...

Star Trek's Disappointing 50th Anniversary Coincides With the Deflating End of the Obama Era

William Bradley | Posted 12.06.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

The dramatic rebooted revival of 'Star Trek' coincided with the beginning of the Obama Era. There was clear synchronicity, as new President Barack Oba...

The Holiday Madness of Trump and Clinton Obscures Trump's Strange Dithering Over the State Department

William Bradley | Posted 11.30.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Is it really far too late to hope that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton join hands and merrily take that proverbial long walk off a short pier? Trump...

Bernie Sanders Could be a Thorn in the Side of President Hillary Clinton

Rich Rubino | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Today there appears to be a rapprochement between Sanders and Clinton. Should Clinton be elected President, she will need the support of Sanders. Sanders will clearly be in the political catbird seat, and could be a thorn in the side of Clinton should she fail to give proper deference to progressive polices.

Where There's Smoke There's Fire: Trump's Campaign Is Burning

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

There has always been a truth to the idiom 'where there is smoke there is fire' and Donald Trump's statements and actions seem to be fanning a huge blaze. His entire campaign, as evidenced by the Republican convention, is geared to incite the worst in the American people and to scare them into voting for him.

Why calls for 'unity' are not enough: Look at the 1930s and 1940s

The Conversation US | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Wendy Wall, Binghamton University, State University of New York The U.S. is in the midst of a tepid economic recovery following a catastrophic downtu...

Can Bernie Sanders Make A Big Difference For Hillary Clinton?

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2016 | Media
William Bradley

The latest polls, and the latest terrorist attack, make it appallingly clear that Donald Trump really can be elected president.

Trump Intent on Repeating the Horrors of History

Harlow Giles Unger | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Harlow Giles Unger

With threats to deport illegal aliens and bar Muslims from entering the nation, Donald Trump appears intent on repeating some of the worst horrors in ...

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.

John Ford's Greatest Film at 70 (plus In Harm's Way at 50)

William Bradley | Posted 12.31.2016 | Entertainment
William Bradley

It was 70 years ago this holiday season that the film I think is legendary director John Ford's greatest -- greater even than The Grapes of Wrath or The Searchers -- was released to an American public just a few months removed from the largest war in world history.

An Odd Home-Grown Jihadism Hits Hard in California: What To Do

William Bradley | Posted 12.05.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The purpose of terrorism, after all, is to induce terror. And it certainly never made any sense that a dispute at a holiday party would lead to an attack from a black-clad pair geared up for Iwo Jima. So this is exactly what it looked like from early on, a case of home-grown jihadism.

Post-Paris Politics: Countering and (Maybe) Defeating ISIS

William Bradley | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week of cacophonous media and political gabble after the shocking Isis attacks on Paris make it clear that US presidential campaigns are no place to look for answers on this shocking and complex episode of new world chaos.

Obama's Hard Calls: South China Sea, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Ukraine and Russia

William Bradley | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As he comes to grips with his failed escalations in Afghanistan and Syria, President Barack Obama should nevertheless respond to China's escalations in the South China Sea. Fortunately, all it requires is that he direct the U.S. Navy to sail where it has legally sailed for more than a century.

'Never Surrender,' John Kelly's Chronicle of Winston Churchill, Great Britain, And The Fateful Summer Of 1940, Is A Feast For History Buffs

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 10.20.2016 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Kelly is a narrative historian who doesn't succumb to the ever more popular practice of emphasizing narrative over history. So "Never Surrender" begins in 1919, with the Victory Day Parade in London.

Can the Democrats Lose California?

William Bradley | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Last week's legislative defeat for a couple of key items in Governor Jerry Brown's climate and energy agenda suggests a question: Could the Democrats lose control in California?

Obama, Jerry Brown and Climate Change: From the Arctic to the Arabs and the Oil Empire at Home

William Bradley | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green
William Bradley

President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown have both been pushing the envelope of efforts to bring climate change under control and running up against major ingrown opposition to their efforts.

V-J Day at 70: China Mangles History and Projects A More Doubtful Future

William Bradley | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

There were only a few things wrong with the massive parade today in Beijing celebrating the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, Victory over Japan Day. The folks doing the celebrating only tangentially represent the Chinese who most actively resisted the Japanese invaders. And the celebration itself, meant to signify China's emerging superpower status, fell a little flat.

Donald Trump Is No 'Good Soldier'

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.24.2016 | Entertainment
Rich Rubino

Trump is proving that he is not a "good soldier" for the Republican Party. Ironically, This may actually help him with grassroots conservatives and Independent voters who themselves are conservatives first and Republicans second.

The Atomic Bomb at 70: Its Fearsome Impact, Frightful Legacy, and Potential Stellar Redemption

William Bradley | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As horrifying as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were, the quantum leap forward in destructive power afforded by the hydrogen bomb made our situation far more perilous. We've been fortunate that virtually unthinkable destruction has not ensued since the nuclear arms race of the 1950s.