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August 18, 2011

The president’s 10-day trip to Martha’s Vinyard has been drawing predictable fire from conservatives, who say he should be in Washington dealing with the economic...

I was surprised to receive a letter yesterday from Len Peters, chief information officer at Yale University, informing me: …A Yale computer file that contained your...

My comments critical of what Texas Governor Rick Perry said about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have sparked a number of stories that the “Bushies”...

After several months of dithering President Obama has finally issued a call for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. But coming as it does...

Over at the World Book Night blog, Julia (first name only, please) asks what it means to be “well-read.” The question is a good one,...

CONTENTIONS readers know that I’m a fan of Jon Stewart. If you want to better understand why, watch this fantastic clip (courtesy of mediaite.com), where...

A well-coordinated and multi-tiered terrorist attack struck southern Israel today, targeting public buses and private vehicles. The attack is troubling for a number of reasons....

According to Gallup, only 26 percent of Americans approve of President Obama's handling of the economy, down 11 percentage points since Gallup last measured it...

Syrian forces attacked a Palestinian refugee camp in Latakia this week, causing up to 10,000 residents to flee. UNRWA, the UN agency in charge of...

The Guardian announced the finalists for its reader-nominated Not the Booker Prize this morning. As I’ve had occasion to say before, literary prizes are just...