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13 American deaths in Afghanistan tie Biden to war he never wanted

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden's decision to end the 20-year-old mission in Afghanistan, America's longest war, has backfired on him, ironically requiring him to press on with it to avenge the loss of 13 U.S. military troops in a terrorist attack during the pullout. In holding to his ...

The crisis of our third century

As a global pandemic raged and governments began locking down and sheltering citizens in place, the United States Congress allocated $46.5 billion in rental assistance. With a moratorium in place to prevent evictions, Congress was mindful landlords would need help paying the mortgages on their ...

Nation building was not the point

Damon Linker is one of the sharpest political/cultural observers writing today. If you're not already reading his contributions to The Week, you should. He is also my colleague on The Bulwark's weekly podcast "Beg to Differ." In the spirit of our podcast, I must beg to differ with his recent ...

Lies, lies, lies

Mary McCarthy once said of fellow author Lillian Hellman, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" The Democratic Party gives Hellman a run for her money. Politicians are not a terribly honest bunch generally, but Democrats -- at least those on the national stage -- ...

Back to what kind of school?

When I was in public school, a TV ad asked: "It's 10 o'clock Do you know where your children are?" Here's a better question for today: Do you know what your children are being taught and exposed to in their schools?" This summer's controversy over the teaching of critical race theory and ...

It’s time for national soul-searching

After the attacks on our nation on Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush took to the airways to address the American people. Speaking to a nation in shock, he cast what had occurred in the framework of good and evil. "Today, our nation saw evil," the president said. And he offered up ...