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In just 180 days, FDR has managed to completely transform the office of the presidency.

As the rout of Saigon showed, when it came to Vietnam our "best and the brightest" were, more accurately, the worst and the dumbest.

The following speech was delivered this spring at Mark Twain's house in Hartford.

The Nation says that Pinkerton's mercenary police force is "the greatest disgrace that has befallen the United States." That was putting it mildly.

Many Israelis and their American allies are sleeping through the rise of the virulently anti-Arab Avigdor Lieberman.

If Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk is a political writer, it is by virtue of his sympathy for what is old and faded, for what no longer matters, or what never did.

Reviews of Half of a Yellow Sun, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and The City Is a Rising Tide.

The plagiarism flap over Opal Mehta is essentially a story
about clichés and stereotypes passing from one subliterary commercial
product to another.

New scholarship sheds light on Osama bin Laden's rhetoric, charisma and complex religious and political vision.

Blogs

The history of US-Cuban relations in the last fifty-five years is the history of the loss of American prestige.

December 17, 2014

Alexander Cockburn, Jonathan Schell and others on “the habit of torture,” baked into society itself.

December 15, 2014

Americans today are a lot more familiar with his presidency than they think they are.

December 3, 2014

Authors Kevin Cooke and Dan Lehrer accurately foresaw in 1993 the debate over net neutrality we’re having today.

November 19, 2014

“Socialism is inseparable from democracy,” The Nation wrote in its 1989 editorial.

November 10, 2014

“Let us not fool ourselves in this hour of appraisal…”

November 5, 2014

Definitive assessments of Ronald Reagan and “the warrior state,” plus early looks at Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton, and zeitgeist-defining essays on “cold war liberalism” and “the gay moment.”

October 24, 2014

A forerunner of The Guardian’s current series, “King or Queen for a Day.”

October 21, 2014

With a new film out about Webb, Kill the Messenger, we look back at Cockburn’s testament to the investigative reporter.

October 14, 2014