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“The war created the chaos in which jihadism began to thrive in the country”

Thank you, Larison, for stating the obvious: The previous three presidents chose to use force in Iraq and impose sanctions on Iraq for reasons that had absolutely nothing to do with “the interaction between failing secular governance and radical Islam.” … Continue reading

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National security demands a convincing argument for “governmental transparency”

A day after the Fourth of July, Jelani Cobb reminds readers of the most important right for which the Founders fought: the right to assembly and to demand redress from their government. The Freedom of Information Act was its culmination. … Continue reading

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“There’s strong reason to doubt that even the mythical LBJ could get a civil rights bill through Congress today”

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston supposedly gives a terrific performance as LBJ in Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way. Elizabeth Drew agrees but counters that he doesn’t deserve the full credit for the Civil Rights Act’s passage through the Senate: Hubert … Continue reading

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An intelligence failure in every sense of the first word

A faulty O-meter is responsible for my not writing much about the latest grounds for Barack Hussein Obama’s impeachment known as Benghazi. Jon Stewart came up with the outrage meter, a device or orifice installed in Republican legislators after 2008 … Continue reading

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A terror by which I hoped never to be engulfed: James Baldwin

To a point I understand why James Baldwin has vanished from Common Core required reading lists (I understand why Bayard Rustin doesn’t appear in hagiographies about the civil rights movement). Complexities of style has nothing to do with it; for … Continue reading

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“A debate about whether big government freed the slaves is pretty much the only debate that a liberal is guaranteed to win”

Adam Gopnick rebuts Jim DeMint’s moronic points about “big government” and what it did or didn’t do with slavery: A debate about whether big government freed the slaves is pretty much the only debate that a liberal is guaranteed to … Continue reading

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For the déjà vu file

Why can’t Barack Hussein Obama be more like LBJ? “The nature of politics has changed,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “The electorate is more polarized. I think often members of Congress are more concerned with how the … Continue reading

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