from The Great Debate:

Trump fits GOP’s celeb infatuation – but it doesn’t make him a winner

February 2, 2016

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania listens at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016.   REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania smiles beside him at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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Thanks to the Benghazi hearing, Hillary Clinton is newest reality TV star

October 23, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi  as photographers take their images on Capitol Hill in Washington

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 22, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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An American pattern: Seeking elusive enemies with unreliable allies

June 15, 2015

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President Richard M. Nixon (C) talks with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) and General Alexander M. Haig Jr. at Camp David. NATIONAL ARCHIVES/Oliver F. Atkins

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A national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love

March 25, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama meets members of his Cabinet at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama with Secretary of State John Kerry at the White House in Washington, February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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The real lesson from the Hillary Clinton email imbroglio

March 6, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her mobile phone before a conference at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her mobile phone before a conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/pool

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Just how strange is Governor Andrew Cuomo?

September 16, 2014

New York Governor M. Cuomo stands during a news conference following a bi-state meeting on regional security and preparedness in New York

1. What’s the matter with Andrew Cuomo?

By now I assume New Yorker editor David Remnick has assigned someone to do a profile of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is fast becoming the Howard Hughes of big-time politicians.

from The Great Debate:

Nixon’s showbiz legacy

August 8, 2014

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The 40th anniversary of President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation comes just as politicians of both parties increasingly say the words “President Barack Obama” and “impeachment” in the same sentence. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which has filed a lawsuit against the president, has also been quick to draw comparisons between the Nixon administration’s abuses of executive power and Obama’s use of executive orders.

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Why Nixon matters

August 7, 2014

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Stanley Kutler, the celebrated University of Wisconsin historian who would not give up when it came to the closed files of President Richard M. Nixon, died on April 7, 2014, at age 80. Kutler was resolute and even jaunty in his pursuit and he finally prevailed. In 1992, responding to his lawsuit, the U.S. National Archives released thousands of hours of taped White House conversations. 

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Benghazi: The zombie scandal

May 9, 2014

Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to members of the World Affairs Council in Portland, Oregon

We’re not making scandals the way we used to.

The House of Representatives has now voted, virtually along party lines, to create the Benghazi Select Committee that conservatives have long called for. The atmosphere of scandal that has surrounded Bill and Hillary Clinton for decades has gotten, at least temporarily, a renewed lease on life.

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Bring GOP convention back to Kansas City — and Reagan

May 7, 2014

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The Republican Party is now going though its quadrennial debate to select a city for its presidential nominating convention. The finalists are likely to be named next week. The site selection committee has reportedly narrowed the choices to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, Las Vegas and Kansas City.