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Truman

Unlisted -- But OK

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

Just because you got some wonderful TV coverage doesn't get you on the list of "Reviewers' favorites from 2010."

Are We That Stupid?

Dennis Jett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis Jett

As pollsters predict a Republican landslide in the coming election, the only real question is whether the intelligence of the American voter will be insulted or, once again, greatly overestimated.

U.S. Sends Envoy to Hiroshima for First Time -- But Use of Bomb, Then and Now, Still Defended

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Hiroshima was our original sin, and we are still paying for it, even if most Americans don't know it. That's why I always urge everyone to study the history surrounding the decision to use the bomb and how the full story was covered up for decades.

White House Cover-Up: How Harry Truman Edited the First Hollywood Film About the Atomic Bomb

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Here's a close-up look at the "coverup" -- led by the Truman White House -- of the first "Hiroshima movie," some of it based on material we were first to discover at the Truman Library in Missouri.

How the First Nuclear Blast, 65 Years Ago Today, Set Truman on Path to Hiroshima

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

There is no way any American president would have gone ahead with an invasion -- scheduled for several long months after the Trinity test -- knowing that he had an A-bomb in his pocket.

Secrecy, Cover-ups and Deadly Radiation: On the Birth of the Nuclear Age 65 Years Ago

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

While most people trace the dawn of the nuclear era to August 6, 1945, and the dropping of the atomic bomb over the center of Hiroshima, it really began three weeks earlier, in the desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Obama Poll Watch -- April, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama seems to have hit a plateau in his approval ratings, which have remained largely unchanged for the past three months. Could it be that we've all just made up our minds about the job the president is doing?

Obama Poll Watch -- May, 2010

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Will Obama's presidency wind up charting a similar course as Carter, or will he recover as Reagan did? Only a fool would even contemplate making such a prediction at this point, that's all that really can be said.

The White House and Holidays of the Past

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Some of Truman's assistants had traveled to Havana over the holiday, and the President thought it might be fun to have customs agents "bottle them up" (detain them) for a good long while on their return home.

Obama Should Tear Up Matthew Hoh's Afghan War Resignation Letter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Matthew Hoh told Obama exactly what he needs to hear about Afghanistan: that the war is a failed, flawed, no-win war. That it's a sinkhole for billions of tax dollars and a death trap for US troops.

Health Care: Big Gains Come with Small Steps

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

As we look toward Congressional action for 2010, we hope for passage of a "good enough" bill -- not a perfect bill -- that can be tinkered with.

Respect for Presidency Once Transcended Politics

Les Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Les Francis

Unfortunately, political coarseness is a bipartisan affliction. But the recent episodes have been more glaring and more egregious.

Censure "You lie" Wilson? Democrats Should Give Him a Merit Plaque

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

His two blasphemous words were a dream-come-true for the Democrats. Rivers of cash instantly flowed into the Democratic National Committee coffers.

Khamenei Crosses the Rubicon, Becomes the 'Great Satan'

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Abrams

In order to understand the significance of Khamanei's decision, it helps to recall what the United States did in 1953 to earn the moniker of the "Great Satan".

Time for Tax Hikes

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Beinhart

Unless we rebuild the economy it will not generate enough money to create the revenue stream to pay our debts. Why are we so resistant to raising taxes?

A Historical Perspective On Divided Democratic Conventions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Don't buy into the media narrative that this is some sort of "divided party" -- because today's Democrats aren't. All true Democrats are pulling hard to defeat the legacy of George W. Bush.