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Stanley Kutler is the author The Wars of Watergate (Norton), Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes (Free Press), The American Inquisition: Cold War Political Trials (Hill & Wang), numerous other books and articles, and with Harry Shearer the forthcoming television series, “Nixon’s the One.” ...

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Who Says It’s Not About Destroying Unions?

The centennial commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire in New York City, with the loss of 146 young women trapped in a factory that had blatantly ignored the meager safety legislation of the time, paradoxically raises the question of whether we are doomed to forget the past.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Libyan Quandary

Onward ride the old familiar horses of colonialism. France and Britain have enthusiastically endorsed the U.N. resolution calling for a “no-fly zone” over Libya.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011



AP / Morry Gash

Gov. Walker Does ‘Something Big’

The tea-party-enabled Wisconsin Legislature is working overtime to protect its governor.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011



AP / Andy Manis

What Gov. Walker Won’t Tell You

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, less than two weeks into his term, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP. There is your crisis.

Posted on Feb 21, 2011


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Activist Judges Strike Again

The Constitution is rooted and understood in terms of its history; without that, it is merely an isolated document, portraying a moment in 1787. We can do without the arriviste Michele Bachmann to tell us exactly what its words mean.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011



AP / April L.Brown

Every Man His Own Historian

In our post-factual world, history has become another battlefield, with far-flung hostilities over cultural and political differences as well as the imperial adventures abroad.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010



White House / Pete Souza

The Company We Keep

Enter President Karzai. Like Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam, he has held power as a result of corrupt elections, featuring the not-so-invisible hands of his American backers. Once again, we have bet the mortgage on one leader, no matter how inept and corrupt he might be.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010



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Tea Party Robber Barons

While our media wizards report a groundswell of anger against the president, tea party candidates and financiers appear to be as bothered by the policies of Franklin Roosevelt as those of Barack Obama.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010



AP / Ralph Wilson

The Bipartisan Politics of Fear

Mercifully, the midterm election cycle is nearing its end. Both parties, we learn, are planning their “postmortem assessments.” The Daily Beast’s recent headline is a sign of the times: “Why Obama Can’t Lose in 2012.” Plan ahead.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010



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Our ‘Dumb Wars’ Will Go On

“It is time to turn the page,” President Barack Obama said as he announced the “end” of combat operations in Iraq. Meanwhile, those who brought us that unnecessary war remain committed to such policies and, if returned to power, are likely to carry them out.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010



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