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Alfred Hitchcock was fond of McGuffins--meaningless plot devices on
which the characters obsess while the real, gruesome story moves on
elsewhere.

Annals of Higher Education: If recent events at Stanford and Harvard are
any indication, the past decade's earnest debates over "political
correctness" are over, replaced by roughshod policing

The war between religious fanaticism and secular modernity is fought
over women's bodies.

In previous times of war fever, clear voices have called for a return to US ideals.

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers is Daniel
Ellsberg's story of his personal journey from being in the early 1960s a
"dedicated cold warrior" who supported America's e

Dear Dr. Madlaw,
   As a newly elected member of Congress, I am appalled at the high cost
of living in Washington. What's a hard-working public servant to do?

So let's join Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics, and
Technology Edward "Pete" Aldridge at a recent Pentagon press briefing,
where he's addressing concerns about the Pentagon

If nothing shows in spyplane pics
And Blix finds nothing in the sticks,
That still won't put us in a fix.
We'll blame it on Iraqi tricks,

Now, here's what the deal's supposed to be: In exchange for greater
security you give up certain rights.

Blogs

It’s tempting to call ISIS “medieval” murderers. But from mass murder to drone strikes, atrocity is very much a part of our modern experience.

March 5, 2015

The debt crisis has little to do with poor budgeting and everything to do with crony capitalism.

March 4, 2015

Okinawans have voted overwhelmingly to close a key US forward base in Asia.

March 4, 2015

Hint: it’s not to pressure the US into striking a better deal with Iran.

March 3, 2015

A top defense official says the lack of geographic limits was “very deliberate” and could be used to fight a worldwide war against “extremism.”

March 3, 2015

The right-wing ‘pro-Israel’ lobby is slowly losing its bipartisan appeal. Here's why that's a good thing.

March 3, 2015

Without serious reform, migrant fishers in Thailand will remain as disposable as fish bait.

March 2, 2015

The government and the opposition do battle as ordinary Venezuelans weather an economic crisis.

March 2, 2015

The Fox News host's exaggerations are bad—but his failure to report on murders committed by US allies is even more disturbing.

February 27, 2015

Stephen Cohen discusses this month's negotiations over the conflict in Ukraine and the current proposal for a Ukrainian federation.

February 27, 2015