The Eternal Russian Reset

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It was inevitable that the allegation Russian intelligence meddled in the American presidential election would become a partisan football. The claims that Moscow’s cyber intelligence assets infiltrated independent and private…
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Repeating History in Libya

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How did Libya become the mess that it is today — a country with no central government and with a burgeoning province of the Islamic State in Sirte attracting at…
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Town Halls and the Bush-Lied Meme

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Over the past two nights, CNN staged town halls with the six remaining Republican candidates in conversation with Anderson Cooper and South Carolina GOP voters. These superb 45-minute one-on-one explorations…
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Can Sympathy for W Really Help Jeb?

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After more than seven years of staying out of partisan politics, our 43rd president has returned to the fray. George W. Bush’s willingness to work for his younger brother Jeb’s presidential…
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The Brazen Untruths of Trump

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At the risk of piling onto what Jonathan and Noah have already written, the South Carolina debate on Saturday was notable for what it revealed about the putative Republican frontrunner,…
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Yes, Things Still Matter

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You cannot begrudge Democrats a little schadenfreude. There is something undeniably delicious about an erstwhile member of their own fold successfully infiltrating the opposition, making hypocrites of its leaders, elevating…
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Accepting the World as It Is

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In hindsight, the fragile naiveté that typified President Barack Obama’s approach to geopolitics when he first came to office seems like even more of a ponderous folly than it was…
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