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The Most Successful Security Pact in History

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

Despite the power and allure of nuclear weapons, only nine nations in the world today have nuclear arsenals.

Ranking the Presidents Since WWII

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

If, on Presidents Day 2011, I had to rank the last twelve presidents since America became the world's most powerful empire in World War II, I'd put them in the following order.

Remembering Reagan

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

23 years after leaving office, almost seven years after his death and 100 years after his birth, Reagan is a legitimate icon. While the elements of his legacy can, and must, be challenged, it remains true that in death, Reagan remains largely Teflon.

Ryan Grim

New Doc Shows Rumsfeld Challenged LBJ On Vietnam War

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Donald Rumsfeld will be remembered as the architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but as a fledgling member of Congress, the future two-...

Obama Is America's Third Greatest Presidential Orator in Modern Era

Richard Greene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greene

Just six and one half years ago, a young state senator spoke for 16 minutes and 11 seconds (just 4 seconds longer than the real "King's Speech," Marti...

Unfortunately, Anger Works

Dave Helfert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Helfert

If its horror can lead us to constructive change in ourselves and our society, a glimmer of silver lining might yet emerge from the attempted political assassination in Arizona.

Obama's Opportunity

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

LBJ pressed Congress to enact his gun control proposals as a legacy for Robert Kennedy in the wake of that assassination.

LISTEN: Lyndon Johnson Orders Pants With Roomy Crotch, Belches

Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

Today in TMI: a study in how Lyndon Johnson likes hit pants to fit. Put This On came across a highly real 1964 recording of the former president order...

Why IBM's Watson Is Smarter Than Google

Stephen Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Baker

The most common question I encounter about IBM's Jeopardy-playing computer is this: Doesn't Google already answer questions? The short answer is no.

Thoughts on White House Events

Connie Lawn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Connie Lawn

I have been fortunate enough to cover the White House since the Lyndon Johnson Administration, in 1968. I guess that makes me senior correspondent.

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

Jerry Brown on Crises Past and Present

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

As Jerry Brown prepares to become California's oldest governor more than three decades after he became its youngest in the modern era, many search for clues to his thinking. The past is prologue.

Bush At War

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

What happens when a great nation -- and this is a great nation -- elects a ruler who is not up to the task of being president? The answer is to be found in George W. Bush's memoirs, Decision Points.

George W. Bush and Thanksgiving

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness, and gratitude. I'm grateful that the "Bush Years" came to an end in January 2009, and a president took over wh...

The Ex-President Inside Out and Always Centered, Revealed by His Grandson

Carl Sferrazza Anthony | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carl Sferrazza Anthony

Anyone who loves politics, history or even the pop culture of the Sixties will be startled by the new perspective on Ike afforded by the genuinely intimate glimpses here.

Sins of Commission: The 40th Anniversary of the Illustrated Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography

Robert Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert Brenner

I used to housesit for this hippie couple when I was a teenager. While they were away, I searched their home for porn. This was the early 1970s; you c...

Electronic Voting Technology Solutions in Search of a Problem

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Our tech guru gestured enthusiastically towards the printer while asking me, "How's the new id-enabled printing going?" "The what?" "Id-enabled pri...

'Daisy' Ad Revisited To Urge Senate To Pass New START

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new take on Lyndon Johnson's controversial "Daisy" ad has been produced, in an effort to urge the incoming Senate to ratify a bilateral nuclear arms...

Should Liberals Give Up on Politics?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos A. Ball

It seems that the main objective of liberals for the last three decades has been to defend the legal and political gains achieved during the last generation of progressives, in the 1960s and 1970s.

The GOP Won Big, but the Media Has Mischaracterized the Story

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Russnow

In the aftermath of Tuesday's election, the media has made it appear that all is lost -- the Tea Party is in control, because this narrative keeps us glued to our seats either with delight or fury. Now, the facts.

Obama Suffers Opinion Poll Fallout From Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

Los Angeles Times | Andrew Malcolm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obama's approvals began high like Bush's but have now cratered dangerously close to Lyndon Johnson's when he abandoned a reelection bid....

What Today's Predicted Outcome Will and Will Not Mean

Brendan Nyhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brendan Nyhan

There is little reason to think that a pro-GOP shift today will be any more permanent than Democrats' gains in 2006 and 2008. Regardless of what happens tonight, the dynamism of American democracy will continue.

The Election of 2010: Obama Needs Marc Antony to Set it Right

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

There's still time to stop the madness and give the leaders we elected the proper time frame to accomplish what needs to be done.

Football Helmets As Weapons...Time to Ban the Kickoff?

Joe Lapointe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Joe Lapointe

Any football viewer knows that a disproportionate amount of serious head and spinal injuries occur on kickoffs when large, aggressive and armored athletes charge toward each other from great distances.

Our Fourth Instinct

John Bridgeland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Bridgeland

It is no surprise then that service has been the golden thread of American democracy. Like democracy itself, service has to continually reinvent itself to meet the needs of the modern age.