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Don't the Chinese Know How to Stage a Show Trial Anymore?
August 27, 2013 China

On first glance, the just-concluded trial of disgraced former Politburo member Bo Xilai on corruption charges appear

Rand Paul's Dangerous Lasik Obsession
August 27, 2013 Doctor's Orders

Senator Rand Paul has spent much of the August recess engaged in typical political activities—attending a roundtable on school reform, participating in a

Finally, a Dictator Does Something that Lanny Davis Cannot Tolerate

The last time we heard from Lanny Davis, he was doing what he does best: representing a dictator.

Is Congress More Popular Than A Strike On Syria?
August 27, 2013 Syria

Nine percent? According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, that's the share of the public that supports an attack on Syria.

White House Syria Deliberations: 'Do Less' Camp is Still Winning
August 26, 2013 Syria

Today, after a weekend of behind the scenes scrambling to deal with the largest use of chemical weapons use in Syria to date, Secretary of State John Kerry finally took to the dias and brought the ruckus.

The Best Reason to Intervene in Syria Isn't to Help the Rebels
August 26, 2013 Diplomacy

If Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons in a rebel-controlled suburb of Damascus is “undeniable,” as Secretary of State John Kerry declared today,

OK, We're Hypocrites! It's Irrelevant to the Syria Debate.
August 26, 2013 History

Foreign Policy's website has an excellent report on the C.I.A.'s disgraceful backing of Saddam Hussein

The Washington Post Makes the Tea Party's Favorite Point
August 26, 2013 Deficit debate

Conservative Republicans are at it again, threatening to cut off the government’s borrowing authority if they don’t get their way on spending.

What's a Dirty Word for Uterus?
August 26, 2013 Prudes

What's a dirty word for uterus?