Beinart on US Isolationism
Oct22

Beinart on US Isolationism

Peter Beinart on the myth of American Isolationism in The National Journal. Given the overwhelming evidence, both from politicians and the public, that isolationism in America today is virtually nonexistent, why do so many high-profile commentators and politicians depict it as a grave threat? One clue lies in a word that these Cassandras use as a virtual synonym for isolationism: “retreat.” If the subtitle of Bret Stephens’s...

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Jack Vance
Oct22

Jack Vance

 I read with great zeal the works of Asimov and Heinlein. But my favorite was always the works of the late great Jack Vance.  I am re-reading the Caldwal trilogy. Science Fiction at it’s best but also literature . [Ed note: A 2009 profile in The New York Times Magazine described Vance as "one of American literature's most distinctive and undervalued voices". He died at his home in Oakland, California on May 26, 2013, aged 96....

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies
Oct21

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

WASHINGTON – Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93. Mr. Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, the Post reported. As managing editor first and later as executive editor,… Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee...

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Thirty (plus) Years War
Oct20

Thirty (plus) Years War

Peter Van Buren comments on our most recent war in the Middle East in The American Conservative. The most likely outcome of all this killing, whatever the fate of the Islamic State, is worsening chaos across Iraq, Syria, and other countries in the region, including possibly Turkey. As Andrew Bacevich observed, “Even if we win, we lose. Defeating the Islamic State would only commit the United States more deeply to a decades-old...

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GOP Crazy Now Normal
Oct15

GOP Crazy Now Normal

Paul Waldman says crazy statements by Republican candidates are now accepted by the press as normal in The Washington Post. For instance, when Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst flirted with the “Agenda 21? conspiracy theory — a favorite of Glenn Beck, in which the U.S. government and the United Nations are supposedly conspiring to force rural people in Iowa and elsewhere to leave their homes and be relocated to urban centers — national...

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She Asked “Do I Look Like Man”
Oct14

She Asked “Do I Look Like Man”

The short answer is no. I just returned from a trip where I coached and mentored elite female athletes competing in or preparing for the triathlon World Championships; Ironman Hawaii. Ironman is a combined 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run. For the elite athletes it’s a race, not a bucket list event. For some it may be hard to wrap your head around that type of commitment. Female elite endurance athletes are stronger...

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Democrats’ chances are changing
Oct14

Democrats’ chances are changing

Democrats’ chances are changing. This just posted at the Times: … The chances of the Republicans taking control of the Senate have inched up to 68 percent. Democrats struggling to hang on to the Senate, who have been drowning in dreary news, have spotted a hopeful sign: Democratic voters who sat out the 2010 elections are becoming more interested in voting this time. In North Carolina, which permits early voting, 42,230...

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(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’
Oct13

(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’

Update: The Australian government will not send doctors or nurses to West Africa to help contain the Ebola crisis until it is certain “all of the risks are being properly managed”, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has said, according to The Guardian. Parts of Prime Minister Abbott’s remarks, as reported by The Guardian: “We aren’t going to send Australian doctors and nurses into harm’s way without being absolutely confident that all...

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Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles (Guest Voice)
Oct12

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles (Guest Voice)

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles by Michael Winship WARSAW — People in Poland are eating apples these days. Lots of apples. Here in Warsaw, they’re pressed into your hands at a street festival, or baked into piles of pies and cakes. You see them everywhere. It’s an act of defiance. Moscow has banned the importing of fruits and vegetables to Russia, in retaliation for the West’s sanctions against the country for supporting the...

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Sullivan on the “Failed Presidency” Meme
Oct10

Sullivan on the “Failed Presidency” Meme

Andrew Sullivan debunks the “failed presidency” meme on The Daily Dish. Just a year ago, I had a conversation with a friend as the healthcare website was crashing. All that mattered, we agreed, was if, this time next year, the healthcare reform is working and the economy is doing better. Well, both those things have happened – Obamacare is actually a big success so far; the growth and unemployment rates are the envy of...

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Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward
Oct09

Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward

A majority of Americans support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, according to an “exclusive” NBC News online survey. The Liberian ambassador in Washington, Jeremiah Sulunteh, fears his country could be close to collapse from the Ebola outbreak and there are pleas for support from the international community, according to BBC News. Donald Trump came out firing today and criticized...

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Poll: Hillary Clinton Continues To Maintain Lead In 2016 Field
Oct08

Poll: Hillary Clinton Continues To Maintain Lead In 2016 Field

SAINT LEO, Fla., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A year before the 2016 presidential nomination contests formally begin, Hillary Clinton continues to hold substantial leads over all prospective challengers, both for the Democratic presidential nomination and in prospective general election matchups. This is according to a new national survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling… Graphic via...

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Logistical TMV posting delay today
Oct08

Logistical TMV posting delay today

There is a logistical posting delay on posts for today’s TMV of features normally on this site. Check back later in a few hours when things will be back to...

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“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs (Guest Voice)
Oct07

“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs (Guest Voice)

“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs by Slamfu So there has been an ever growing list of Republican shenanigans as they try to twist the voting process to counter the fact that in a lot of areas, they simply don’t have the votes. There are a few ways you can go about fixing that. Coming up with newer, better policies that affect more American voters in positive ways for instance. Or you can do this:...

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Krugman on GOP Voodoo Economics
Oct06

Krugman on GOP Voodoo Economics

Paul Krugman predicts the institutionalization of G.H.W. Bush’s aptly named “voodoo economics” should Republicans gain a Senate majority in The New York Times. During his failed bid for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination George H. W. Bush famously described Ronald Reagan’s “supply side” doctrine — the claim that cutting taxes on high incomes would lead to spectacular economic growth, so that tax cuts would...

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Sullivan on ISIS and Obama
Oct05

Sullivan on ISIS and Obama

Andrew Sullivan critiques Obama’s policy on ISIS on The Daily Dish. Yes, we should tighten our defenses; yes, we should deal firmly with any Americans who are going to fight there; yes, we should perhaps intervene from a distance if one side seemed to be gaining the upper hand too much. (Our real interest is in bolstering the one stable power in the region, which is Iran.) But basically: leave these insane, foul, sectarian...

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This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Meet The First Trans Woman To Run For Congress In Minnesota
Oct03

This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Meet The First Trans Woman To Run For Congress In Minnesota

One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Paula Overby Paula Overby is a...

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Larison on Lindsay Graham
Oct03

Larison on Lindsay Graham

Daniel Larison exposes Lindsay Graham in The American Conservative. Graham is kidding himself if he thinks he could be the nominee, so I’m not sure what the point of this would be. The likely 2016 field will already be filled with reliably hawkish candidates. Graham distinguishes himself from that field in that he has never encountered a foreign intervention that he didn’t like and by being wildly out of step with most Republicans on...

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By Inviting U.S. Meddling, Hong Kong ‘Radicals’ Court Disaster (Huanqiu, China)
Oct02

By Inviting U.S. Meddling, Hong Kong ‘Radicals’ Court Disaster (Huanqiu, China)

Click here to learn more Are the United States and Britain inciting the people of Hong Kong to demonstrate for the right to choose their own elected officials? In addition to painting Occupy Central demonstrators as traitors, this READ ON IN ENGLISH OR CHINESE AT WORLDMEETS.US, your most trusted translator and aggregator of foreign news and views about our...

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George Packer on the US and the Middle East
Oct02

George Packer on the US and the Middle East

George Packer offers a perceptive take on the US and the Middle East in The New Yorker. It’s very hard for Americans to accept that we are not the root cause of all the world’s good or evil. A kind of nationalistic narcissism joins the left and the right in a common delusion: the first believes that American support for Israel and the invasion of Iraq are behind all the turmoil in the Middle East today; the second sees American ideals...

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