America

The battle unfolding in the streets of Kiev today is proving to be yet another geopolitical blank slate.

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There is no moral to driving through America. There probably isn't any conclusion. Except the obvious one: America is not what it sounds, Americans are not those people you read about in newspapers and magazines. I

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Antonin Scalia, why do you hate America?

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When I interviewed John McCain a couple weeks ago for the latest issue of The New Republic, he was candid about his opinion of Egypt's new military leader, General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. Here was the exchange: 

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The new novel Americanah has elicited a number of strong reactions, ranging from exasperation to awe. The author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian woman, appears to be no less divisive, at least based on the discussion about her book on Twitter and elsewhere. (I haven't read it.)

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Throw the Bums Out!

The populist moment in Europe and the United States

Why populists are dominating politics in Europe and the United States.

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How Ghastly Were the Beginnings of European America?

The Savage New World

Bernard Bailyn paints a bloody picture of colonial life. Alan Taylor is skeptical. 

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Has the GOP relegated talk of tax cuts to quiet rooms?

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As darkness fell on the wooded slopes of the Hill Cumorah on Friday, July 20, hundreds of costumed performers made their way through a crowd of Mormon faithful and a handful of non-Mormon onlookers.

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Today in Cleveland, President Obama jettisoned the theme of economic inequality that had suffused his economic speeches for more than six months, focusing instead on “how we grow faster, how we create more jobs, and how we pay down our debt.” The real issue, he said, is how we reverse the “erosion of middle-class jobs and middle-class incomes.” In making that claim, Obama doubled down on the guiding assumption of his campaign—that he can turn the 2012 election into a choice between two models for the future, rather than a referendum on his first term.

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