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It's About Time That an Enlisted Man Ran the Military
January 08, 2013

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.

Official Rules of The New Republic Photo Contest, 2013
January 08, 2013

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.

The Polls Don't Say What You Think They Do on the Debt Ceiling
January 07, 2013

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.

Current TV's New Owners Don't Need Ratings: They Have Money
January 04, 2013

After years of trying, Al Jazeera has finally bought a seat at the cable-television negotiating table.

How Washington Learned to Love Hostage-Taking
January 04, 2013

How the Washington establishment learned to stop worrying and love debt-ceiling showdowns.

Obama Wasn't Rolled. He Won!
January 03, 2013

It is tempting, in view of Barack Obama’s re-election, to look back on his first term as a rousing success, but it was not. Obama got his initial stimulus and his healthcare bill, but he made political errors in the first two years that helped Republicans retake the House and a majority of governorships in a crucial redistricting year. And in 2011, he made back-room concessions on the budget that seriously imperiled the economic recovery. So I still don’t share Jon Chait’s halcyon view of the Obama presidency.  But Obama learned from the difficulties of his first term.

Liberals Shouldn't Fear Chuck Hagel's Environmental Record
December 24, 2012

Former Senator Chuck Hagel served in the Senate as a Republican, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise this week: Most of the attacks on his potential nomination as Secretary of Defense have come from conservatives troubled by his realist foreign policy views and past statements on Israel. This has led some liberals to rush to his defense. “He wanted the United States to exert influence internationally, but by working with other countries,” John Judis wrote. But Hagel’s belief in international cooperation had its limits.

The Curtains Are Closing on the Julian Assange Show
December 21, 2012

How long will it be before no one cares about Julian Assange?

The Rise of DIY Abortions
An Idaho woman could change the course of American abortion law.
December 21, 2012

Jennie Linn McCormack took pills to end her pregnancy and hid the fetus under her bed. Her case could change the course of abortion law in America.

The Captive of San Clemente
December 21, 2012

THAT FAINT CLANKING SOUND, arriving through the open window of his home office: Was it coming from the courtyard? Was it being made by the pulley they’d attached to the house’s outside wall? Christ, it couldn’t be, thought Nixon, looking at his new digital watch: 6:15 p.m. No, they still had the round-the-clock nurse with them, and she wouldn’t be letting Pat get up from her long afternoon nap for another 15 minutes, when he’d join her for a glass of fruit juice and dinner off the TV trays. He heard the clanking again and realized it was just the halyard hitting the flagpole.

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