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November 20, 2012
The Obama administration deserves credit for the successes produced so far by its “pivot to Asia”, from the encouragement of political reform in Myanmar, to the creation of a permanent Marines base in Australia, to the initiation of joint military exercises with the Philippines. After a decade in which the Bush administration mostly ignored the Pacific, failing even to send high-level officials to some regional meetings, the Obama administration was right to focus military and diplomatic attention on countries neighboring China, a potential great power adversary.
Obamacare critics can't repeal the law, so they're trying to cripple it.
November 19, 2012
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!
Mobile killers: A strange, modern African murder mystery in the lawless dystopia of eastern Congo. GQ | 36 min (8,970 words)
November 18, 2012
Yes, Hamas can change and evolve. In some ways, it already has.