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The Role of Luck, Accidents and Misjudgments in Wars and Politics

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 01.23.2017 | World
Jonathan Adelman

Luck, accidents and misjudgments, though often inglorious, have often proved important in wars and politics.

Trump's Cabinet Should Think Food

William Lambers | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
William Lambers

What should Donald Trump's new Cabinet be focused on when they take office in January? How about food? This does not mean we want the Trump Cabinet t...

Poppy Bush, Trump and Other Random Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.13.2016 | Media
Tom Alderman

Who said each of the following... (a) "I love the uneducated." (b) "Persuasion has to target the emotions and speak to the less educated masses, not ...

The Secret Race To Get Congo's Ore That Destroyed Hiroshima

Joe Lauria | Posted 08.10.2016 | Books
Joe Lauria

Since the first use of a nuclear weapon in Hiroshima 71 years ago on Aug. 6, 1945, the story of where the uranium for the bomb came from and the covert operation the U.S. employed to secure it has been little known.

The Eagle's Gaze

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

Harry Truman saw a great deal of misery in his life resulting from war. In WWI he served as a captain of Missouri's Regiment Battery D, serving in Fr...

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 ...

Newt Has A Monstrously Bad Idea

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Newt Gingrich's supposed smartness is rather indiscriminate, when examined closely. Newt has what he considers 10 or 12 brilliant ideas each day, which he is in the habit of just tossing out for discussion.

Obama, Truman and Hiroshima

Michael R. Gardner | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Michael R. Gardner

President Obama's recent visit to Hiroshima where the President called for a moral revolution against nuclear warfare, resurrects the question about President Truman's moral compass when he authorized the August 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and the August 9, 1945 bombing of Nagasaki.

Obama Is More Popular Than Reagan, But Will it Help Clinton?

John A. Tures | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's hard to believe it, but Barack Obama today is more popular than Ronald Reagan was at this juncture in his last year of office, in 1988. But will it help Hillary Clinton secure another term for the Democrats? A look at the evidence produces a surprising finding.

Republicans' Feckless Policies and Reckless Politics

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

One would have thought that Congressional Republicans would reject Trump's recklessness, but unfortunately, they are embracing him. Hopefully voters at large will not allow Trump's divisive policies and hackneyed rhetoric to find solace in decries of political correctness.

Kentucky Lt. Governor Bashing the Study of History (updated April 9)

Don McNay | Posted 04.09.2016 | Politics
Don McNay

I was stunned when Kentucky's Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton told the Eastern Kentucky University Progress (a paper that I wrote for from 1978 to 1980) that, "I would be looking for degrees that would land a job. I would not be studying history."

Book Review: Harry and Arthur

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 03.07.2016 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Harry and Arthur by Lawrence J. Haas is a well-written, timely and thoroughly researched book. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed away in 194...

Fighting Chicken Nuggets of Key West

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.23.2017 | Green
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Brought to the island as fighting cocks but then set free from the brutal blood sport to roam as protected citizens of Key West, the roosters have become a cultural treasure, symbolic of co-existence and a liberated mindset.

Satire: Get Ready for Tonight's Democratic Town Hall

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.25.2017 | Comedy
Arnold Steinberg

GUIDE TO WATCHING TOWN HALL-- Look at transcript of January 17 debate Watching The Democratic Presidential Town Hall The three candidates are expe...

New! Watching the Presidential Town Hall Tonight

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

GUIDE TO WATCHING TOWN HALL-- Look at transcript of January 17 debate Watching The Democratic Presidential Town Hall The three candidates are expe...

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

ADST | Posted 11.16.2016 | World
ADST

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 11.16.2016 | 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 10.13.2016 | 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 10.12.2016 | 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 10.10.2016 | 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 08.06.2016 | 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 08.04.2016 | 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 06.14.2016 | 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 05.29.2016 | 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.