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Cinema of the Unknown Soldier

How war movies got small

From The Dirty Dozen to Zero Dark Thirty: How war movies got small.

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Phil Strub has had to learn to be creative in finding ways to showcase U.S. military might on the silver screen.

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The Obama everybody missed in Denver? He showed up on Long Island.

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A new study released this week by researchers at Stanford and NYU has found that American drone strikes in Pakistan are killing far more civilians than advertised, taking out few high value targets, and have become the primary recruiting tool for the terrorist groups the policy is aimed at combating.

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In Charlotte, Obama didn't try to inspire. He just reminded voters of their choice.

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Editor's Note: We'll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! The coming battles over austerity and scarcity should favor the party of small government. But the G.O.P. shouldn't get cocky. Democracy | 11 min (2, 823 words) What would cause someone to marry Osama bin Laden? Paul Rudnick has several theories. The New Yorker | 3 min (708 words) Sometimes headlines can sell a piece.

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In a speech Monday at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, John Brennan, President Obama’s counter-terrorism advisor, made a forthright defense of the drone war currently being conducted against Islamic militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. “As a result of our efforts,” he declared, “the United States is more secure and the American people are safer.” Brennan’s argument deserves credit for its boldness.

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My apologies for the lack of posts today – spent the day at a terrific policy seminar far from the madding crowd (did Obama say something about Romney and bin Laden?) Posting may also be light in the next few days as I dig into reporting a feature piece. But seeing that as I am now riding good old Amtrak, I figured that would be a good occasion to …announce a run for president!

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Several people are calling the Supreme Court sessions on the Affordable Care Act the most important since Bush v. Gore. The case is certainly critically important to the fate of the law, and with it the future of health care, the federal budget, and perhaps the U.S. economy. But you know what’s not riding on the Court’s decision, despite plenty of hype? The 2012 election. The truth is that the decision in this case will likely have little or no effect on Obama v. Romney. There are two reasons for this. First, most events have much less staying power than we expect they do.

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