Explaining Trump and Putin…

“Putin has had many positive experiences working with Western political leaders whose business interests made them more disposed to deal...

Racist-in-Chief…

“The textbook definition of a racist comment.” Speaker Paul Ryan on criticism of Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel ——– How did it come to be that...

Defining Moments…

Truly defining moments are rare in our politics. They come around perhaps once a decade or so, but when they do occur they often signal a...

America’s Great War…

The marvelous British historian David Reynolds argues in his latest book – The Long Shadow – which explores the lasting legacies of World...

A Bias for Action

His critics will probably say that once again Barack Obama has failed to exercise the kind of leadership that goes along with occupying...

Mandela and Us

Still it’s fascinating to see the broad and deep bipartisan out pouring of respect for a man that the Reagan Administration contended in...

The Big Mo

The San Francisco Giants (happily for we Giants fans) clearly have what George H.W. Bush once called “The Big Mo.” The dejected St. Louis...

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...

Weekend Reads

There is a fascinating piece planned for publication Sunday, and already online, in The New York Times on legendary Lyndon Johnson...

Boomer Sioux-ners

For most of the 20th Century North Dakota claimed the unenviable distinction of being the one state in the nation that regularly...

Kennedy

The abbreviated presidency and unfinished life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is, 48 years after his murder in Dallas, one enduring subject...

The Choice

I’d argue that ever modern American presidential election comes down to one fundamental question: do we change or do we continue? In...

The Gipper at 100

I only had the chance to see Ronald Reagan in the flesh a handful of times. I distinctly remember when he came to Idaho to campaign for...

Mistrusting the Government

Candidate Obama got into one of those pointless (but totally consuming, made for the media) debates with Hillary Clinton last year when...