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Commentary: Is America still the indispensable nation?

Back in 1998, Madeleine Albright, then the secretary of state, called the United States the “indispensable nation.” She meant that this country, armed with unmatchable force and influence, stood at the helm of a web of alliances and global organizations that guided world events. More than 50 years after the invention of nuclear weapons, the U.S. had presided over a Pax Americana that had kept the peace among the nuclear powers.

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Sabine von Mering: Peace is necessary to give the climate a chance

When my son was a teenager and he first began to notice what I do for work, he used to roll his eyes when he saw the books I was reading: “Why do you like reading about all this depressing stuff, Mom? World War II, the Holocaust, climate change?” Why indeed. As a professor of German and European studies, the answer is complicated. Last semester, I taught two courses — one on European ...
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Trump would drain the South Carolina wallets that Haley helped fill

When Donald Trump won 20 of Iowa’s 40 nominating delegates – 20 of the 2,429 who will be allocated nationally; 20 of the 1,215 needed to nominate – he declared the game over. Enlarging his emotional repertoire – leavening a barrel of petulance with a pinch of synthetic magnanimity – he said it is “time now for everybody, our country, to come together.” Presumably, he was not inviting to this group hug those Americans he calls “vermin.”
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Pamela Paul: ‘Barbie’ is bad. There, I said it.

We can all agree 2023 was a good year for the movies. Critically and commercially, several movies did well, and only one of those successes took place within the Marvel cinematic universe. Even the 10 Oscar nominees for best picture, announced Tuesday, included nine actually good films.
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Paul Krugman: Bidencare is a really big deal

In 2010, at the signing of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Joe Biden, the vice president at the time, was caught on a hot mic telling President Barack Obama that the bill was a “big deal.” OK, there was actually another word in the middle. Anyway, Biden was right.
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Charles M. Blow: Turning down food aid for children Is shockingly callous

Last week I read something that shocked me, even if it really shouldn’t have: Fifteen states – all but one run by Republican governors – skipped the deadline to apply for a new federally funded program that will provide $120 per child for groceries during the summer months to families of children who already qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school.
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Commentary: America seems intent on repeating its history of Black oppression with book bans

America has a race problem, and it has abandoned all pretensions to hide it. We need only to do an autopsy on 2023 to witness this toxic brew of racial animosity boil over, in full public view. The days of the so-called post-racial, colorblind America are long behind us, if they ever existed. White legislators in statehouses and boards across the U.S. seized power to institute openly ...
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Commentary: Is 2024 the year you’ll become an American expat?

In 2000, Eddie Vedder, the Pearl Jam baritone and outspoken proponent of abortion rights, threatened to move to “a different country” if George W. Bush were elected president. “With three Supreme Court positions opening in the next administration, I’m frightened to think of a Republican in office,” he said. The same year, Alec Baldwin reportedly said he’d leave if Bush won. So did the late ...
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The persecution of Harvard’s Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay, the president of Harvard University who announced her resignation Tuesday after her problematic congressional testimony about antisemitism and mounting questions about missing citations and quotation marks in her published work, was, in part, pushed out by political forces beyond academia and hostile to it.