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Imagine what we call “national security” as, at heart, a proselytizing warrior religion. It has its holy orders, sacred, classified texts, dogma and warrior priests. It has seminaries, which we call think tanks. It is a monotheistic faith that broaches no alternatives to itself. And as with so many religions, its god is an eye in the sky, an all-seeing being who knows your secrets.

Larry's List

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The location of a former training camp where Stasi operatives were taught to retrieve secrets through sex now houses a free-love commune; filibuster reform was blocked and now, for the first time in history, a secretary of defense nomination has been filibustered; meanwhile, Al-Jazeera has been accused of developing a political agenda since the Arab Spring. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The former minister, press secretary and veteran journalist works his way through Christian allegory and lessons from our nation's history in fashioning this powerful essay on the American experience and the stewardship of democracy.

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