The Great Debate

What are the 10 best sketches from 40 years of ‘Saturday Night Live?’

By Jason Fields
February 13, 2015

What makes a great sketch? Endless hours of viewing ‘Saturday Night Live,’ tireless debate among critics and media luminaries has not provided a clear answer. These clips just might. By the way, there are more than 10. You’re welcome.

What brought Vladimir Putin to the table over Ukraine, and how to keep him there

By Robin Niblett
February 12, 2015
A weapon of a pro-Russian separatist is pictured as a monument with a Soviet MiG-21 jet fighter is seen in the distance on the outskirts of Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine

A weapon of a pro-Russian separatist is pictured as a monument with a Soviet MiG-21 jet fighter is seen in the distance on the outskirts of Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 10, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Gay marriage: One judge fights the weight of history

By Julian E. Zelizer
February 12, 2015
Donna and Tina exchange rings during their marriage ceremony outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham

Donna and Tina exchange rings during their marriage ceremony outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Marvin Gentry

Who gets out when a U.S. embassy closes, and who gets left behind?

By Peter Van Buren
February 12, 2015
Police troopers secure the entrance of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa

Police troopers secure the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Feb. 11, 2015. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

It isn’t easy, but here’s how you bring down powerful men accused of rape

By Jeff Herman
February 11, 2015
Former IMF head Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel to attend the trial in the so-called Carlton Affair

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn leaves his hotel to attend his trial in Lille, France, Feb. 11, 2015, where 14 people including Strauss-Kahn stand accused of sex offences. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

No, a Russian military occupation of Ukraine isn’t on the table

By Maxim Eristavi
February 11, 2015

  A Ukrainian serviceman patrols the area as people stand in line to receive humanitarian aid near a delivery point in the government forces-controlled town of Debaltseve, Donetsk region February 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Maxim

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols the area as people stand in line to receive humanitarian aid near a delivery point in the government forces-controlled town of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, Feb. 6, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim

Time to end the authorization for endless war

By Steve Vladeck
February 11, 2015
U.S. President Obama thanks members of  the U.S. military for their service after meetings with military senior leadership for an update on the campaign to combat Islamic State at the Pentagon in Washington

President Barack Obama thanks members of the U.S. military for their service after meeting with military senior leadership to hear an update on the campaign to combat Islamic State at the Pentagon in Washington, October 8, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Why Islamic State’s brand of horror works so well

By Arie W. Kruglanski
February 10, 2015
People walk past television screens displaying a news program, about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, in Tokyo

People walk past television screens displaying a news program about an Islamic State video showing Japanese captive Kenji Goto, on a street in Tokyo Jan. 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Soros: Big money can’t buy elections – influence is something else

By Jonathan Soros
February 10, 2015
An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator holds a sign as others gather during a national day of action "Occupy the Courts" in New York

A demonstrator holds a sign as others gather in Foley Square during a national day of action “Occupy the Courts” in New York, January 20, 2012. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Signs of desperation in West’s latest moves to halt Ukraine crisis

By Lucian Kim
February 9, 2015
Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket towards pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket towards pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine Feb. 8, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Chernyshev