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Week of February 4, 2013
|Important State of the Union Addresses in History|
Tags: State of the Union, presidential speeches, presidents, Congress
|HNN Book of the Month: The Story of America: Essays on Origins -- by Jill Lepore|
Tags: Book of the Month, February, Jill Lepore, The Story of America
|Ed Koch, Pat Moynihan, and the Politics of Patriotic Indignation|
Sometimes anger is the rational response to challenges -- and can certainly pay off politically.
Tags: 1970s, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Ed Koch, New York
|The Imaginary World of the “War Against al-Qaeda”|
Perhaps most Americans have forgotten that another story is possible.
Tags: al-Qaeda, drone strikes, extrajudicial killings, Osama bin Laden
|How Do This Year's Oscar Nominees Rate on the Bechdel Test?|
Seven for nine among Best Picture nominees, but that's being generous.
Tags: Bechdel test, feminism, movies, Oscars
|Fighting Old Wars (And Contemplating New Ones) ... |
Josh Brown's Life During Wartime
John McCain and Chuck Hagel.
Tags: Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Senate hearings, Secretary of Defense
News at Home
|What's Still Missing From the Gun Control Debate|
We're not talking about how we're sold violence.
Tags: civics, Civil Rights Act, gun control, guns
|Forget the Contrarians: Ed Koch Was A True Liberal|
Robert W. Snyder
With a capital L, especially with his record on affordable housing.
Tags: Ed Koch, liberalism, New York City, obituaries
|The Income Tax Amendment Turns One Hundred and It’s Worth Celebrating|
Forget Grover Norquist -- the Sixteenth Amendment closed a massive loophole in American tax law.
Tags: Constitution, income taxes, Sixteenth Amendment, taxes
|Actually, Scalia's Legal Logic Permits Gun Control|
Using Antonin Scalia's textualist legal school against him.
Tags: Antonin Scalia, Constitution, gun control, textualism
|Could We Actually Learn Something from '50s-Style Civics Education?|
Reinterpreting Cold War-era civic education.
Tags: civic engagement, civics, education, Cold War, Freedom Train
|Channelling George Washington: The Worthless Continental|
A warning for our current Congress on why not to print your way out of debt.
Tags: Channelling George, economics, inflation, paper money
|The Politics of Debt in America|
From debtor's prison to debtor nation.
Tags: debt, economic history, personal debt, TomDispatch
|The American Lockdown State|
Post-legal drones, the bin Laden tax, and other wonders of our American world.
Tags: Barack Obama, drones, United States of Fear, war on terror
|Women in Combat: Not New, but a Milestone Nonetheless|
Tanya L. Roth
The next step is to rethink the hypermasculine culture of the military.
Tags: combat, military history, U.S. Army, women's history
|Is the Obama Administration Abandoning Its Commitment to a Nuclear-Free World?|
Lawrence S. Wittner
Nuclear disarmament has been punted from "years" to "centuries."
Tags: Barack Obama, nuclear disarmament, nuclear policy, nuclear weapons
|Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism|
Andrew Seth Meyers
Brooklyn College is hosting a B.D.S. event this week -- this is their fundamental mistake.
Tags: anti-Zionism, BDS, Brooklyn College, Israeli/Palestinian conflict
|The Hagel Hearings|
The last best chance for the truth about a lost war and America’s war-making future.
Tags: Chuck Hagel, Vietnam, war crimes, atrocities
Historians & History
|The Caribbean Origins of American Slavery|
The "white" and "black" races were invented on Barbados.
Tags: Barbados, Caribbean, colonialism, slavery
|The World's Train Station: Grand Central|
An interview with New York Times reporter Sam Roberts on the history of the seminal terminal.
Tags: Grand Central Station, Manhattan, New York City, Sam Roberts
|The Paris "Peace" Accords Were a Deadly Deception|
Richard Nixon let thousands of Americans die to further his political career.
Tags: Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Vietnam, Vietnam War
|NASA's History of Organizational Problems|
On the tenth anniversary of the Columbia disaster, a look back at great NASA blunders from the 1960s.
Tags: administration, business, NASA, organizations
|Why the Volkswagen Super Bowl Ad Isn't Racist|
Can we just celebrate a different culture already?
Tags: racism, stereotypes, Super Bowl, Volkswagen
|Review of Aida D. Donald’s Citizen Soldier: A Life of Harry S. Truman|
Was he a near-great president or in over his head?
Tags: biographies, book reviews, Harry S. Truman, Aida Donald
|Review of David Shambaugh's China Goes Global: The Partial Power|
Could China in 2013 be in the same global position as America in 1913?
Tags: book reviews, China, David Shambaugh, geopolitics
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- Jonathan Zimmerman says homosexuality is not alien to Africa
- Historian Howard Segal says the cost of paying for expensive commencement speeches is diverting funds from where they’re most needed