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Christian Bale is outstanding in his performance as Washington power broker Dick Cheney. Read more

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In Building the Nation, defense analyst Heather Selma Gregg critiques America’s two costly exercises in “state building,” Afghanistan and Iraq. Read more

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We once thought nothing could be more frightening than Donald Trump threatening to rain down the “fire and fury” of America’s nuclear arsenal upon other nations, but the economic destruction being inflicted on American companies and their workers ... Read more

Taking Liberties 4 Comments

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Is Paul Ryan’s political career really over? Who knows; he’s lied to us about everything else. After separating himself from the disastrous Trump presidency, yet another fraudulent version of Paul Ryan could emerge in the future to lead ... Read more

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What the recently passed GOP tax plan could have (and probably should have) been was a cut in the corporate income tax to make our corporations more competitive in the world economy and try to keep more jobs in the U.S. Read more

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Wisconsin was at the center of the Republicans’ original Joe McCarthy moment, when they had to decide whether to take a stand against one of their own for brazenly dishonest political demagoguery. Read more

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Another attack on our democracy is swirling around the state capitol these days and that is a bill promoted by the right-wing, corporate-funded national group, ALEC, to add Wisconsin to the group of states calling for a constitutional conve... Read more

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Bi-partisan support exists to continue the environmental work of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, despite efforts by the Trump administration to cut funding. Read more

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In The New Arab Wars: Uprising and Anarchy in the Middle East, George Washington University political science professor Marc Lynch focuses on the Arab Spring, which quickly turned into a long hot summer of increased repression and violence.... Read more

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Late in the day on Friday, just hours after hearing oral arguments, a three-judge federal appeals court panel allowed Wisconsin’s discriminatory voter ID law to be put Read more

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Drunken sailors, lovesick teenagers and right-wing politicians probably shouldn’t be allowed to get tattoos or pass constitutional amendments.What seems like a slick Read more

Taking Liberties

During most of the Obama presidency, George W. Bush has maintained a decorous silence. Keeping quiet may not always have been easy for Bush, watching his Read more

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In Chuck Klosterman’s new book I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), he returns with another series of essays on popular culture and this time convincingly argues that villains may not be Read more

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Like all such monuments that former presidents construct to edify the public, the George W. Bush Presidential Center—opened with great ceremony in Texas last week—is mounted from its subject's point of view. Read more

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Having directed NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies for most of the past four decades, James E. Hansen retired this month to devote himself to the scientific activism that has brought both awards and catcalls during Read more

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The United States has more mass murders, gun violence and non-hunting guns than any other developed country in the world. We are all proud to be Americans, but most of us are sad and definitely not proud to be the home Read more

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If Chuck Hagel is nominated by President Obama to serve as secretary of defense, there will be at least three compelling arguments in his favor. He served with distinction in the military and would—like secretary of state Read more

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During the festival of falsehood held by Republicans in Tampa, Fla., a few weeks ago, perhaps the very biggest lie emanated from the mouth of Jeb Bush, the Florida politician, entrepreneur and potential heir to the GOP presidential dynasty.... Read more

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a stunning pick over the weekend when he selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate. On the one hand, it makes sense. Romney has had a hard... Read more

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Nothing aggravates Republicans like seeing nasty, effective tactics upon which they have so long relied being... Read more

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