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Hagel Didn’t Torch the Middle East

The same warmongers crowing over Hagel’s departure are the ones who broke the world’s order.

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The High Cost of Empire Maintenance

Every year, congressional delegations and government officials rack up millions of dollars worth of publicly funded distractions abroad.

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Scapegoating Hagel

Dumping Hagel is a way of appearing to shake up the administration following the midterms without doing anything that would change the way that the administration operates.

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Marion Barry: D.C.’s Rascal King

Objectively a bad mayor, Barry was also a classic American urban chieftain.

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Why Jim Webb Matters

His economic populism and foreign-policy restraint may be a more formidable challenge than the Clinton camp realizes.

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JFK’s Special Relationship

Prime Minister Harold Macmillan managed Britain’s decline by following Kennedy’s lead.

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Obama’s Amnesty Shreds the Constitution

The president leaps towards Caesarism as he shields illegal immigrants by executive action.

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