August 31, 2009 When writer Lori Gottlieb couldn't afford to take her son on a vacation to Hawaii this year, she signed him up for swim lessons instead. Gottlieb knew times were tight, but nothing prepared her for the parade of part-time swim instructors she met pool-side.
August 31, 2009 Amid war and recession, Americans are in a no-nonsense, matter-of-fact mood. But that, says a leading architect of George W. Bush's foreign policy, is no reason to adopt a misguided doctrine. Paul Wolfowitz says when it comes to foreign policy, Obama is not a realist.
August 31, 2009 During the 1990s, New York Times columnist David Brooks was closely identified with national-greatness conservatism. But these days, the center-right Brooks frequently seems more sympathetic toward Obama than the liberal Paul Krugman. How did this happen?
August 31, 2009 The release this week of the CIA inspector general's report makes clear that the CIA interrogation program was both lawful and effective in stopping new attacks. But was it moral? Commentator Marc A. Thiessen believes that Americans can be comfortable not only with the efficacy but also with the morality of this effort. Here is why.
August 31, 2009 A cover story featured in The Nation was the first to reveal how white residents of New Orleans shot at African-American men. Four years after Hurricane Katrina's land fall in New Orleans we revisit that story. Watch Video!
August 28, 2009 As the world looks around anxiously for an alternative to oil, energy sources such as biofuels, solar, and nuclear seem like they could be the magic ticket. Commentator Michael Grunwald says they're not.
August 28, 2009 Commentator David Rothkopf says it's hard to imagine the world without CNN and when global crises strike — as most recently in the case of the Iranian uprisings — it can roll out its really good journalists and provide the sort of coverage that revolutionized the business. But it has never really figured out, in almost three decades of existence, what to do the rest of the time.
August 28, 2009 Eric Holder's probe is a nakedly political, banana republic-style criminalizing of policy differences and political rivalry. The abuse allegations said to have stunned the attorney general into acting are outlined in a stale CIA inspector general's report. Though only released this week, the IG report is actually five years old. Its allegations not only have been long known to the leaders of both parties in Congress, they were thoroughly investigated by professional prosecutors not political appointees.
August 28, 2009 With the death of Ted Kennedy this week, many have mourned the passing of the Kennedy Dynasty. But commentator Jason Zengerle says it might not be over. Zengerle say don't discount Ted Kennedy's son, Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
August 28, 2009 An effective investigation into the breadth of CIA interrogation programs must be bipartisan. The danger now isn't naivete but cynicism--that we just come to accept that the government will commit crimes in our name under the cover of secrecy and that such activities are more or less business as usual, about which nothing can be done. But something can be done.
August 27, 2009 NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says he is baffled by Moammar Gadhafi's behavior in giving a hero's welcome to the one man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Schorr says it looks like an endorsement of terrorism, even after Gadhafi spent a decade trying to shed that image.
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August 27, 2009 Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" in America. But he has come under some heat recently over his treatment of illegal immigrants and Hispanics. On Aug. 19, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the sheriff for constitutional violations.
August 27, 2009 Commentator Stephen M. Walt sees a parallel between the furor over the Scottish decision to release convicted Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, and the heated debate over whether to investigate possible criminal misconduct during the Bush administration "torture regime." Both were cases where politics threatened to interfere with justice.
August 27, 2009 Israelis are furious about an article printed in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet last week accusing the Israeli army of killing Palestinians in order to harvest their organs. In the current discourse in Europe on the Middle East conflict, the most outrageous lies about Israel become credible. No real proof is required to accuse the Jewish state of crimes that seem to be dredged from Europe's oldest and darkest fantasies about the Jews.
August 27, 2009 Edward M. Kennedy is a permanent rebuke to F. Scott Fitzgerald and his assertion that there are no second acts in American lives.
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