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Hagel Means a Realist America

(30) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 4:14 PM

When Chuck Hagel appears before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, he is likely to face tough questions about his past positions on Iran, Israel, gay rights and the Pentagon budget.

But the fight over his confirmation as defense secretary has obscured the philosophical meaning of his nomination: President...

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Richard Nixon and Today's Republican Party

(13) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 2:42 PM

Most Americans allowed the 100-year anniversary of Richard Nixon's birth to pass with little fanfare. Who can blame them? The only president to receive rather than grant pardons upon leaving office, Nixon's name remains synonymous with scandal. He may have thawed the Cold War, expanded women's rights, and signed landmark...

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