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September 27, 2013 9:00 AM The Real Meaning of American Exceptionalism

In recent years, the term “American exceptionalism” has sometimes been an empty applause line, a fancy way of shouting “USA! USA!” Vladimir Putin recently went so far as to proclaim that “It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see...

By Cass Sunstein

September 16, 2013 8:43 AM So Yeah, the Heritage Foundation Has a 'Jesse Helms' Lecture Series...

Senator Cruz got in trouble for praising Jesse Helms the other day. In particular, Cruz is quoted as saying: “We need 100 more like Jesse Helms in the U.S. Senate.” This is a ridiculous thing to say. But the most...

By Harold Pollack

September 11, 2013 11:18 AM Did They Ever Figure Out Who Did That Whole Anthrax Attack Thing?

As we get ready to commemorate another passage around the sun since 9/11, the day that is said to have changed everything, it is customary, amidst the pontificating and rending of political garments that typically ensues, for us to take...

By Luke O'Neil

September 09, 2013 9:26 AM White House Now Seeks Bush-Era Endorsements on Syria

For the first time in the unfolding Syria crisis (okay, maybe for the third time), I feel as if we’ve definitively slipped down the rabbit hole. Last night, Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, tweeted the following: “Former...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

September 03, 2013 10:31 AM 'The Butler' and Ronald Reagan's Race Problem

Steven F. Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley and Kiron K. Skinner wrote a strange Washington Post op-ed yesterday decrying the inspiro-pic “The Butler,” for its allegedly unkind portrayal of Ronald Reagan’s racial views. I was a little surprised by their...

By Harold Pollack