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Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini's photos of the men who will take over a war 

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Responding to an interview with author Andrew Bacevich that he finds overly negative, The New York Times' Ross Douthat lays out his case for why American policy in the Middle East over the past 30-plus years has not been so bad. This is the crux of his argument: 

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The coal-mine CEO who made a big show of laying off workers and blaming it on Barack Obama may have started quietly hiring some back.

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The Scientology advertorial that ran on Atlantic.com was embarrassing and sloppy, but was it unethical?

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When Barack Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, I assume that he knew what he was getting into. The debate over Hagel’s nomination won’t be about whether he is qualified to run the Pentagon and to negotiate budgets with Congress, but about Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran. Initially, some of Hagel’s critics charged that he was an anti-Semite. But these charges rightfully met with derision.

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In 2006, the Israeli Defense Forces made a relatively simple policy change that required soldiers to leave their weapons at their bases when they headed home for the weekend.  The result: a staggering 40 percent drop in the suicide rate among soldiers aged 18-21, according to a November 2010 study. The study has received some renewed interest in America in the wake of Sandy Hook.

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As a writer of fiction, and a fellow veteran of the Vietnam War, I can't help but appreciate the deep symbolic meaning of President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary. Hagel will undoubtedly have an impact on the policies of the Pentagon if his nomination is confirmed by the Senate.

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OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.   Eligibility: The New Republic’s Photo Contest (the “Contest”) begins at 12:00:01 AM ET on January 9, 2013 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on January 16, 2013 (the “Promotion Period”) and is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older at the time of entry.

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Here we go again. Because the fiscal cliff deal left the debt ceiling issue untouched, Americans can count on a rerun of the mid-2011 “debt ceiling” debate over whether the United States government should be allowed to pay its bills.

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