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Facing Reality in Afghanistan

Facing Reality in Afghanistan

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Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard transfer Capt. David A. Wisniewski’s casket to a caisson while HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters fly overhead during his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Aug. 23, 2010. Wisniewski died July 2, 2010, from injuries suffered during a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. (Credit: SSgt Gina Chiaverotti-Paige/Public…
‘1984’ in China, the World’s Best-Known Writer, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in Exile

‘1984’ in China, the World’s Best-Known Writer, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in Exile

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Who is the best-known writer in the world? And how long can most famous people expect to be remembered after they die? Between five and 30 years, according to a recent article in Nature: “Hidalgo is among the premier data miners of the world’s collective history. With his MIT colleagues, he developed Pantheon, a dataset that…
Micah Mattix is New Literary Editor of The American Conservative

Micah Mattix is New Literary Editor of The American Conservative

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Introducing, Micah Mattix! It is my pleasure to announce that Micah Mattix has returned to The American Conservative to serve as our literary editor. We will once again host his excellent and highly respected Prufrock newsletter on books, ideas and the arts. Micah will also work with the TAC team to ensure our cultural coverage…
What I Saw at a Yellow Vest Protest in France

What I Saw at a Yellow Vest Protest in France

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ROUEN, FRANCE – A large plastic garbage can ignites with a whoosh in front of the Church of Saint Joan of Arc in Rouen, Normandy. The smell of acrid plastic and waste fills the air, mixed with the odor of tear gas and pepper spray. "Aux Armes" garbage can exploded earlier. smell of burning plastic…
How the Israeli Effort to Keep Trump in Syria Failed

How the Israeli Effort to Keep Trump in Syria Failed

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The Pentagon was not the only party pressing Donald Trump to keep troops in Syria last year. It turns out the Israeli government and its supporters in Washington were working very hard to get the Trump administration to use America’s military presence there to support an Israeli campaign of airstrikes aimed at threatening war with Iran.…
Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states

Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. Judge Haywood Gilliam granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and…
Trump says US will hurt Turkey economically if it hits Kurds

Trump says US will hurt Turkey economically if it hits Kurds

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Sunday that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically.” Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria has left the United States’ Kurdish allies vulnerable to an attack from Turkey. Ankara views the Kurdish forces as terrorists aligned with…
Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game

Saints rally past Eagles 20-14, will host NFC title game

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When the New Orleans Saints finally found their rhythm, they marched one step closer to the Super Bowl. Using a dominant ball-control offense and a few gambles that paid off, the Saints got two touchdown passes from Drew Brees and two interceptions from Marcus Lattimore in a 20-14 victory over the…
Doctors fight to save Polish mayor stabbed in heart on stage

Doctors fight to save Polish mayor stabbed in heart on stage

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A convicted criminal with a knife rushed on to the stage during the finale of a charity event Sunday night and stabbed a Polish mayor in the heart and abdomen before shouting that he did it for political revenge, in an attack that left doctors fighting to save the politician’s life.…
The shutdown today: Ally presses Trump to reopen government

The shutdown today: Ally presses Trump to reopen government

What’s up with the partial government shutdown on Day 23. WHAT’S NEW TODAY Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is close to President Donald Trump, says he’s been pushing the president to reopen the government for a few weeks to continue negotiating with Democrats over funding for a border wall before bypassing Congress and declaring a…