Despite what the progressive left might think, Elizabeth Warren is not an ideal running mate. In addition to giving up a Senate seat, combining Clinton and Warren could be like oil and vinegar.
Welcome to the age of increasing complexity, volatility, interdependence, diversity, ambiguity, flux and more. Bring it on. Our team ended the year with a resolution to start 2015 with a plan to somehow make it feel less crazy.
Today's easy citizenship does not require much of us. Taxation enables us to support common projects and voting to elect candidates that a majority supports. But there are far too few experiences that bring us together in shared community and national purpose.
Citizens, and especially media pundits, should pay attention Gen McChrystal's words and remember that America does not leave soldiers -- even ones who make mistakes -- in enemy captivity.
With his every hair in place and his virtually homespun quips perfectly timed, Zakaria at Yale on Wednesday offered yet another manifestation of himself as the $75,000-a-speech-giver at investment bank dinners.
Americans have been fighting in Afghanistan for longer than the Civil War, World War I, and World War II combined. America has overstayed its welcome. It's time to go home.
I serve because I believe national service is the most powerful idea we have to transform America. Through it, we redefine the foundation of citizenship and what we expect from all Americans.
We are damaging ourselves, our souls, and the earth. We are dealing out death at a distance, and slowly dying inside. Freedom is hard to bear. But so is war. So is our enslavement and inner blindness.
Unfortunately gun supporters are either accidentally or intentionally omitting the entire nature of the amendment.
American troops try hard. But they're heavily armed outsiders operating in a culture utterly foreign to them. Even when they seek to help, such help may breed resentment among a people with lots of dignity and pride.
Just what are we to make of the decade of military hagiography we've just passed through? What did it mean for two generals to soar to media glory while the wars they commanded landed in the nearest ditch?
America's military is astonishingly top heavy, with 945 generals and admirals on active duty as of March 2012. Such a dynamic leads to mediocrity rather than excellence.
Have we, those no longer in service, met our obligations to those still serving and to those who will serve? Have we honestly and critically examined our most recent histories and reported, candidly, what we saw, what we did, what we accomplished, whether or not it was worth it and what it meant?
Would this be an enormous undertaking? Certainly. But the country badly needs some nation-building at home and, aside from its goal of having us share the burden of military service, this could make a significant contribution to that process.
While Levin and his trustees have been deft managers of their storm-tossed craft, they've been poor visionaries and navigators for liberal education, whose course will require different risks and courage.
Murmurs of reinstating the draft are quietly pulsing through the media, and we should be listening. It may be a raw and terrifying idea to most, but the alternative -- being comfortable at war -- is so much worse.