Tricky Dick and Dissembling Donald

In his masterful biography of Richard Nixon the journalist John A. Farrell recounts the last days – it was the summer of 1974 – of...

The GOP’s “New Nixon…”

“I think what Nixon understood is that when the world is falling apart, people want a strong leader whose highest priority is protecting...

The Rules Matter…

Director Steven Spielberg’s latest offering – Bridge of Spies – works on several levels as his best films tend to. In fact, it may be one...

Try to Remember

Our short attention span is illustrated by how easily and quickly we jump from crisis to crisis, news story to scandal on a daily,...

What To Do With Lenin

Upon hearing of his death in 1924, the true believers reportedly said: “Lenin is dead. Long live Lenin.”  So, they embalmed the...

George Kennan

You can be forgiven if you’ve never heard the name George F. Kennan. If you’re under 50, didn’t fixate, as many of us did, on the daily...

What Goes Around

It is often said in politics that “what goes around comes around.” This is such a story. In the 1940’s and 1950’s Arthur Dean was a...

A Little History

Edward R. Murrow famously said of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy that he had not created the fear of Communism that swept the nation...