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Harry Truman

The Time U.S. Diplomats and Mao Were Equally Confused

ADST | Posted 11.16.2015 | World

In 1944, John Service, Colonel David Barrett, and a small group of diplomats and military staff went to Yenan to learn more about the Chinese Communists and the community they set up there.

Henry Wallace: America's Forgotten Visionary Politician

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Henry Wallace, who died 50 years ago this week (November, 18 1965), was one of the most fascinating and controversial political figures in American history. One of the great "what if?" questions of the 20th century is how America might have been different if Wallace, rather than Harry Truman, had succeeded Franklin Roosevelt in the White House.

Holy Product Placement and Other Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 10.13.2015 | Media
Tom Alderman

Holy product placement. Millions of us watched the monumentally popular Pope Francis drive off in his four-door Fiat 500S. Don't you assume this car w...

Another Tea Party Assault on Democracy

Carl Pope | Posted 10.12.2015 | Politics
Carl Pope

The Tea Party wing of the House Republican party is seeking changes in the rules and procedures. Changes designed to strip the Speaker of the ability to assemble a majority within the House and enable that majority to govern. They cloak their demands in the language of bottom-up democracy. But their complaints about John Boehner's leadership give away the game. 

Jerusalem's New Museum Reveals Untold History

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

On September 8, 2015, Shimon Perez, Israel's former president, prime minister and Noble Peace Prize winner delivered an address to leaders from within Israel, and dignitaries and guests from around the world attending the official opening of Jerusalem's newest museum, the Friends of Zion Heritage Center.

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.

It Should Never Be Done Again: Hiroshima, 70 Years Later

William Astore | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
William Astore

It seemed the bombs had been worth it, saving countless American (and Japanese) lives, seeing that a major invasion of the Japanese home islands was no longer needed.  But was the A-bomb truly decisive in convincing the Japanese to surrender?

Our 'Merciful' Ending to the 'Good War'

Christian Appy | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Christian Appy

Here we are, 70 years after the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and I'm wondering if we've come even one step closer to a moral reckoning with our status as the world's only country to use atomic weapons to slaughter human beings.

How Progressives Should Celebrate Flag Day

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans are unaware that much of our patriotic culture -- including many of the leading symbols and songs -- was created by people with decidedly progressive sympathies. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

Protecting 50 Years of Child Health Progress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At a time when we should be celebrating Medicaid and CHIP successes, serious threats to Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA continue to surface in Congress. So, in addition to advocating for continuing improvements in children's health coverage, we must also play defense to protect the hard-earned gains made for children as well as adults.

How It Was To Be: FDR and the UN's San Francisco Founding Conference, 70 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

As the dignitaries and delegates from 50 nations made their way the evening of April 25th, 1945 into the San Francisco Opera House for the opening of the founding conference of the United Nations, they encountered a stage redolent of an Enlightenment aesthetic. It contained four golden pillars.

Franklin Roosevelt 70 Years On: America Never Really Recovered From FDR's Passing

William Bradley | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton, who will perhaps coincidentally announce her presidential candidacy on this 70th anniversary of FDR's death, can only hope to match even part of her fellow New Yorker's vast accomplishments.

Sixty Years in Journalism: Morning Walks With an Ex-President

Irv Chapman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt did not make his medical records public. When he ran for a fourth term in November, 1944, only his cardiologist knew how unlikely it was that he would live through it.

Why the Truman Library Is the One Presidential Library to Visit

Lisa Singh | Posted 03.08.2015 | Travel
Lisa Singh

It was the first library of its kind created under a congressional act that encouraged future presidents to donate personal artifacts to start federally funded libraries in their name.

Truman-Era National Emergency Haunts Cuba Policy

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
William M. LeoGrande

In September, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum to extend the U.S. embargo against Cuba for another year, as every president since Jimmy Carter has done routinely.

She May Not Want to, But We Need Elizabeth Warren to Run for President

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

No one else can more effectively reshape the message and policy agenda of the Democratic Party, and there's no better way for her to do so than with the platform of a White House run.

Obama's Executive Orders: Can We Talk?

Robert J. Spitzer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Spitzer

As Washington leaders charge headlong into a clash over President Obama's plan to issue executive orders on immigration, can we take a minute and talk about what executive orders are?

Scary Times Call For a Great President: Paul Krugman's Defense of Obama

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Contrary to conventional wisdom, and many polls, Barack Obama is exactly the right kind of pragmatic leader we need to have as President in these scary times. His steadfastness steered the country through the worst recession since the 1930s.

Mad About the '60s: A Hart-Like Henry Fonda in Gore Vidal's The Best Man

William Bradley | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"You know, those rumors about you and lady friends ... they won't do you a bit of harm." Former President Art Hockstader to presidential candidate Wi...

Amber Ferguson

The Most Memorable Presidential Addresses Throughout History | Amber Ferguson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics

Sixty-seven years ago, on Oct. 5, 1947, Americans gathered around their small black-and-white television sets to watch a revolution in presidential co...

Washington at War

Robert Slayton | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

The wartime years are depicted as a time of grand national unity, in volumes such as The Greatest Generation. In reality, however, there was great turmoil in this country, in some ways paralleling modern conflicts, in others that foreshadowed current debates.

Right You Are... the Past Is Prologue

Warren Adler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Media
Warren Adler

To my mind, Jimmy Cannon was the greatest sports writer who ever lived. I read his columns in the New York Post avidly and religiously. When he wasn't writing about sports, he was musing, offering his personal, mostly one- or two-liner opinions, about anything that hit his off-the-charts observant eye. Most had little to do with sports.

Howard Fineman

Hillary's Bio Is A Hard Slog, But These Political Memoirs Are Well Worth Your Time | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton launched her book tour here amid the screeching of partisan spin and the collective yawn of would-be literary critics in t...

Obama Doctrine: 'Just Because We Have the Best Hammer Does Not Mean That Every Problem Is a Nail'

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Barack Obama should continue to ignore Maureen Dowd and Dick Cheney, and follow the careful, measured principles he laid at West Point.

If Bush Is a War Criminal, Then So Are Truman, LBJ, Nixon and Obama

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Were the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki a "breach of the rules of warfare"? How about our use of Agent Orange in Vietnam or the secret bombings of Cambodia and Laos? Furthermore, since Obama has simply continued many Bush-era policies, does this make him guilty of the same crimes?