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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Commoners’ Right To Hunt Under Threat

First, a plea to non-hunting environmentalists to join sportsmen in the battle to preserve access to wildlife. Ordinary hunters seeking sport or food were not to blame for the near loss of the bison and the extinction of such species as the passenger pigeon, heath hen and Labrador duck.

August 16, 2016
Hillary Clinton Emails

Some Women Who Paved The Way For Clinton’s Nomination

Hillary Clinton has become the first woman in U.S. history to win the nomination of a major political party, on July 26 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Before that, during her first bid for the White House in 2008, she was listed as a presidential candidate in primaries and caucuses nationwide. But she lost to then-Senator Barack Obama.

August 7, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton points at President Barack Obama as she arrives onstage at the end of his speech on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

For Women, Clinton’s Nomination Was 240 Years In The Making

The first woman ran for president in 1872, before women even had the right to vote. Since then, dozens have run but until Clinton none has gotten far. Clinton in 2008 became the first female candidate to vie seriously for the White House.

July 28, 2016
Flag burning protected under First Amendment

Progressive Patriotism — Not An Oxymoron

Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals. The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans—across the political spectrum—have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

July 4, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during her California primary night rally held in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Our Milestone Moment

We should show more understanding toward those who are disappointed, the critics said. We should not “rub it in.” We were “gloating.” We were “insensitive.” We should be “more gracious.” I leaned back from my computer in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and thought, “Why does this feel so familiar?”

June 9, 2016
Roots still

‘Roots’ Kindles In Us The Courage To Confront The History That Made Us

So it was on a Sunday night, the 23rd of January, in 1977. Your black friends simmered like a pot left too long on the stove. Your white friends tiptoed past you like an unexploded bomb. We had all watched the first episode of “Roots.” Now we no longer knew how to talk to one another.

May 29, 2016

Conservatives Lie About History To Exonerate Conscience

This one’s for John. He’s a reader who took issue with my recent column arguing that conservatism has become an angry and incoherent mess.

April 17, 2016

Don’t Blame “Islamism” For Horrific Terror Attacks

In the wake of the Brussels attacks, political pundits around the world have engaged in yet another round of discussion about the compatibility of Islam and the Western world. One of the new terms out of this latest process is “Reform Muslim,” which, like the term “moderate Muslim,” is an invention, offensive to the vast majority of Muslims who are neither reactionary, conservative, nor incapable of living among others.

March 25, 2016

1922 Description Of Hitler Echoes 2016 Description Of Trump

The New York Times’ first mention of Adolf Hitler sounds incredibly similar to current depictions of Donald Trump.

March 3, 2016
Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley living in Fantasyland

You would think her a little old for fairytales.

January 17, 2016

Endorse This: Amelia Earhart — On Film

The newly-discovered film is from her last photo shoot ever, shortly before she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

June 9, 2015
The Wright Brothers

Book Review: David McCullough’s ‘The Wright Brothers’ Takes Flight

David McCullough’s new book on the brothers brings them into sharper focus, and their story — one of thoughtful study, rigorous scientific experimentation and calm persistence, founded on sober Midwestern values — is worth knowing.

June 7, 2015
Memorial Day Books

Stories That Honor The Fallen: Memorial Day Reads

Tales of valor and battlefield memoirs are among the selection of recommended reading to celebrate Memorial Day.

May 24, 2015
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Eleanor And Franklin, Here Come Bill And Hillary

Indelible partnerships make memorable presidencies. The Roosevelts lived in the White House for a dozen years. Bill and Hillary plan to stay a total of 16.

May 15, 2015
History, Books, Ronald Reagan, President, Biography, H.W. Brands, Review

‘Reagan: The Life’ Review: Not Always What He Seemed To Be

Though charming, like its subject matter, this biography of Reagan leaves readers wanting for depth and detail.

May 14, 2015
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A Brilliant TV Career Comes To An End

Before we say goodbye to “Dave,” let’s look at the highlight reel.

May 14, 2015
Supreme Court, History, Gay Rights, Cases, National News, Politics

A Look At The Major Gay Rights Cases Decided By The Supreme Court

A brief summary of the history of gay-rights cases that the Supreme Court has heard.

April 28, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘The Religion Of Democracy: Seven Liberals And The American Moral Tradition’

Amy Kittelstrom’s new book, The Religion of Democracy, unpacks the knotty history of the liberalism’s relationship to American cultural, intellectual, and political life.

April 26, 2015

‘Marching Home’: Veterans of Civil War Faced Struggles Similar To Those Of Today’s Soldiers

In a way, the “boys in blue and gray” also still live with us in the experiences of veterans returning home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Caring for those who have borne the battle and for their families remains an urgent task.

April 19, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania’

The drama, emotion, and terror of the Lusitania’s fatal voyage is deftly told by Erik Larson in ‘Dead Wake.’

April 5, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘American Epic: Reading The U.S. Constitution’

From the Framers to the Courts, ‘American Epic’ unpacks the various readings of the Constitution.

March 29, 2015
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Crumbling Alamo Spurs Texans To Revive Monument Faded By Neglect

Texans forgot the Alamo. Years of neglect leave the monument in a state of decay.

March 19, 2015

Lincoln Library Workers Strive To Put More Documents About Abe Online

Every detail, no matter how small, from Lincoln’s life is being preserved online.

February 21, 2015
Phantom Terror

Weekend Reader: ‘Phantom Terror: Political Paranoia And The Creation Of The Modern State, 1789-1848’

How did our modern state of fear and paranoia begin?

February 14, 2015
No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

Weekend Reader: ‘No Simple Highway: A Cultural History Of The Grateful Dead’

Deadheads rejoice! The full story of The Grateful Dead is here.

January 25, 2015