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America’s Dark Shadows: The Charleston Massacre

White supremacist Dylann Roof extends a national tradition of ritual slaying.

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The War of Ideas: Does It Exist? Can It Be Won?

What is the big idea (or set of ideas) the West is battling about?

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United States: The Hypocritical Hegemon

Why the United States has lost the mantle of moral and geopolitical arbiter.

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Obama’s Haunting Legacy

A two-term presidency spent on running away from Black America.

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Vietnam: On the Futility of US Invasions

Why on earth did the US invade Vietnam half a century ago? Have the lessons finally been learned?

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Hillary Clinton’s Arduous Road to the White House in 2016

The Democratic Party’s likely 2016 presidential nominee faces many challenges.

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The Unmaking of American Foreign Policy

The American presidency has a long history of appropriating foreign policy powers from Congress.

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Five Big Challenges for the U.S. Economy

Prospects for U.S. jobs and wage gains are dimming.

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Being Old in 2040 Will Be No Fun

Current trends in demographics and national budgets will leave the elderly of the future in dire straits.

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The Yemen-Benghazi Connection: Politics Before People

When Republicans use American deaths in terrorist attacks as a political weapon.

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