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Would-be intelligence watchdogs often lack the knowledge or the will to be effective.

Extremist forces are making a comeback as American attention turns to Iraq.

When several soldiers killed their wives, an old problem was suddenly news.

Reforms have proven so popular that after two years they may be here to stay.


We've endured our own KT-event regarding David Hawkes's review of
Stephen Jay Gould's last book,
The Structure of Evolut

A recent anniversary passed by without receiving much notice in
the mainstream media.

Of late, Democrats have taken to whining that Bush is politicizing the debate over the war on Iraq. Actually, there's not much of a debate to politicize--s...

In 1967 the world-renowned if somewhat Dickensianly named sexologist
John Money was offered a case he couldn't refuse.

A few years ago, an intellectual historian uncovered the story of Betty
Friedan's formative years as a Popular Front journalist and activist in
the 1940s.

While going about their business, great artists often make monkeys of
the people who write about them.

In this season's Granta, Fintan O'Toole, an Irish writer,
speculates that the enduring appeal of the British monarch is that she
makes the British crowd feel good about itself, about i

On the eve of the October 2002 vote to authorize the overthrow the government of Iraq by military force, a plea to members of Congress to reject Bush's pre-emptive war went unheeded.

Before nonpresident Al Gore recently weighed in against President Bush's
rush to war in Iraq (for posing "the potential to seriously damage our
ability to win the war against terrorism and to w

Even as Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone announced his opposition to
George W.

In the future, German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his Social
Democrats will have reason to treat their junior coalition partner, the
Greens, with more respect.


KGB, CIA, JFK, FYI...

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The first 2002 election campaign in which George W. Bush's desire to attack Iraq became a major issue did not involve Republicans and Democrats. It was not even held in the United States. But it can still be said that Bush – and his proposed war--came out on the losing end of the contest.

German voters on Sunday gave a narrow, yet clear, mandate to the red-green coalition of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. The dramatic come-from-behind win for Schröder's Social Democratic Party (SPD) and its coalition partner, the Green Party, followed a campaign in which the chancellor promised to withhold German support for a US-led war against Iraq.

"Under my leadership, Germany will not participate in military action," declared Schröder, in a blunt statement that distinguished the chancellor from Edmund Stoiber, the standard bearer of the conservative Christian Democratic Union-Christian Social Union (CDU-CSU) alliance that sought to oust the four-year-old SPD-Green government.

The scene: a hut somewhere near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

Al Qaeda Terrorist Number One: I have good news to report.

Al Qaeda Ter...

Democrats, faced with Scalia and Thomas clones, are finally saying: Ideology matters.

One year later, September 11 has certainly lived up to the early claim
of being a transformative moment, at least for Americans.

We're trying to survey all the many good ideas being tried outside the range of the Beltway pundits. So tell us about any local, state or municipal initiative in your area that you're excited about and think is worth emulating nationally.

 

When George W. Bush isn't peddling war, he's been goading the Senate to
join the Republican House in passing pension reform.

Shannon O'Brien had advantages going into the campaign for the
Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Massachusetts. As the state
treasurer, she'd won a statewide race.

Osama's split and Wall Street's sagging.
It's time to get that puppy wagging.