American Debate Archive: December, 2008

A holiday hiatus

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I'm taking a break for the rest of the holidays. Next week will be dedicated solely to the pursuit of leisure - unless there is some unforeseen... Read more

Printed page pleasures of 2008

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The poet Emily Dickinson once wrote, "There is no Frigate like a Book, to take us Lands away." She got that right; not even a... Read more

The perils and imperatives of conscience

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The death last week of Mark Felt – best known as Deep Throat, the FBI guy who spilled the beans on Watergate – has prompted some... Read more

A life in the shadows

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The Philadelphia Inquirer, in its Sunday commentary section, staged a point-counterpoint about Dick Cheney and his legacy. Paul Mirengoff,... Read more

Bill Clinton on memory lane

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I'm stuck with a competing work deadline today, so, rather than simply fall silent here, I invite you to stroll with me down memory lane... Read more

Obama's strange bedfellow

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We’ve posed this question before: Is it feasible to believe that Barack Obama can reach across the cultural divide, in the spirit of... Read more

Caroline's coronet

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Now that Caroline Kennedy has thrown her coronet into the ring and declared her interest in ascending swiftly to the U.S. Senate, we can at... Read more

The '08 race in retrospect

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Six weeks after a national election, most normal Americans have successfully weaned themselves from presidential politics, preferring instead... Read more