American Debate Archive: August, 2009

Dick Cheney is offended

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We interrupt this vacation... My vacation house, tucked against the side of a North Carolina mountain, does not have a television. This is... Read more

His final wish

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We interrupt this vacation... It's bad manners to speak ill of the newly deceased, and it's probably rude to intrude on Kennedy hagiography... Read more

Pithy vacation items

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I'm embedded for the next 10 days in a southern mountain town, with every intention of ignoring the news. That’s the purpose of a vacation... Read more

Bush versus Obama in 2009

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A tweaked and expanded version of the Sunday print column: Is George W. Bush on the ballot this November in New Jersey? I recently saw... Read more

NOW he tells us

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The memory remains vivid. I had just gotten home from the 2004 Democratic National Convention, having exhausted myself in the usual manner... Read more

Goodbye, Novak and Hewitt

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Today I invite you to link my new freelance commentary piece, assessing the stormy career of the newly-deceased Robert Novak. I want to... Read more

Thank you, Barney Frank

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Say what you will about Barney Frank (and, undoubtedly, you will). I'll simply note for the record that the congressman last night delivered... Read more

The politics of metrics

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As the denizens of Afghanistan prepare to vote in tomorrow's presidential election (presumably defying threats by the Taliban to cut off... Read more