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Why would the Obama administration claim victory in the middle of a sensitive negotiation, in a manner that prods the other side to harden its demands and encourages the unraveling of sanctions?
There is a sense in which reform conservatism can be defined as an update and overhaul of American institutions that were created in the 1930s and the 1960s and are now creaky and fiscally unsustainable.
All politicians are selective in their treatment of issues. Rand Paul is deceptive, because he can't talk frankly about his breathtakingly ambitious ideology, which is fundamentally unsuited to the strategic an...
Considering the dark ways by which mankind could be threatened — atomic bombs, depleted ozone layer, intentional species-ending viruses, harmful artificial intelligence — it can be difficult to imag...
The real test — for allies and for members of the U.S. Congress — will be whether President Obama can accompany a final nuclear agreement with a much more aggressive resistance to Iranian ambitions ...
The John Boehner/Nancy Pelosi agreement on Medicare doctors' payments has been praised as an gain and criticized as a small backward step. In either case, it is a rare bird: the result of a meeting between lead...
Robert Putnam's "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis" is sociology as story, as tragedy and as an act of social solidarity. Putnam reveals something important: Children experience broad social trends mainly ...
The Tom Cotton letter to Iranian leaders was a foreign policy maneuver, in the middle of a high-stakes negotiation, with all the gravity and deliberation of a blog posting. It raises questions about the Republi...
Obama's speech about the Selma march outlines the future the president hopes America is destined for, even with a place like Ferguson as our current reality.
A number of African countries, including Tanzania, are working on health insurance plans that would pool risk and bring new resources from the public into the health sector. But how can donors encourage greater...