Politics & Policy

Anywhere But Yale

The postman this week delivered a postcard from Yale University addressed to my son, a high-school junior. “Greetings from Yale University,” it began. “Your academic achievements are impressive, and ...
Politics & Policy

Generations of Valor

“By God, we’ve kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all!” exulted President George H. W. Bush after America’s swift and smashing victory over Iraq during the Gulf War of ...
Politics & Policy

Could It Happen Again?

Journalist Annie Jacobsen gained a certain degree of fame last year as the woman who wrote about the strange and frightening behavior of a group of Syrian “musicians” aboard a ...
Politics & Policy

New Orleans Nostalgia

In 1967, I was taken to New Orleans to visit my grandparents. What a strange, exotic city it seemed to my ten-year-old eyes! I lived in a dull, all-white neighborhood ...
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Desperate & Incarcerated

“Only the dead are lower on the list to be helped than the prisoners.”–Ron Dinnocenzo, Prison Fellowship Director, Louisiana. Given what’s been going on in New Orleans in the wake of ...
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Petty Penny Persecution

“Penny Nance frightens me,” D.C. shock jock Elliot of Elliot in the Morning declared. Penny Nance has been frightening a lot of people lately, which is strange when you consider that ...
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Son of Liberty

Twenty-four-year-old Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, a Humvee mechanic, was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire in a firefight ...
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Unfit & Unwelcome

One of the questions I longed to hear someone ask John Kerry during the presidential debates was this: “Senator Kerry, voters say the war in Iraq is one of the ...
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The First Rathergate

Critics are calling the media scandal over the Jerry Killian forgeries “Rathergate.” But to thousands of Vietnam veterans, the real Rathergate took place 16 years ago when Dan Rather successfully ...