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David Zurawik: TV hearings are no longer changing the course of history

UPDATED: Fri., July 30, 2021

Once upon a time, televised hearings could galvanize the nation, set the national agenda and even change the course of history. Think of the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954, which spelled the end of Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his witch hunts for Communists, or the Senate Watergate Hearings in 1973, which ultimately led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

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Will Bunch: Live free and die: Inside the bizarre political philosophy of America’s unvaccinated

A couple of weeks ago, I drove two hours north to the hillside town of Olyphant, Pennsylvania, just outside Scranton, to meet with a Donald Trump fan for a book project I’ve been working on. For 90 minutes, I listened to this 54-year-old laid-off factory worker and former Democrat who now says the more that liberal politicians and other elites voice their contempt for the ex-president, the more strongly he supports Trump. He was also candid about his recent health woes – including a heart attack and a stroke – so I asked if he’d received a COVID-19 shot.
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Elizabeth Shackelford: The U.S. in Afghanistan: It was always going to end this way

The security situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating, prompting many to second-guess President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops by Sept. 11. This is an understandable emotional reaction, but it isn’t supported by facts. More time won’t change the outcome. If U.S. troops left Afghanistan five years ago or five years from now, it was always going to end this way.
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Ramesh Ponnuru: The rickety politics of the infrastructure bill

The political maneuvering about infrastructure is getting pretty strange, what with President Joe Biden first cheering a bipartisan bill, then threatening to veto it, and then taking back the veto threat in the span of two days. When the action on stage gets hard to follow, it can be helpful to review the main characters and their motivations.