The Great Debate

The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

By Keith Koffler
March 26, 2015
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) leaves the U.S. Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) leaving the Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on Obamacare, at the Capitol in Washington, September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Cinderella’s new moral: Be rich or be a pumpkin

By Lynn Stuart Parramore
March 26, 2015
CINDERELLA

Lily James is Cinderella. REUTERS/Disney/Jonathan Olley/Handout

Once upon a time, during a brief egalitarian period in postwar America, people of different classes did not live in separate worlds. The promise of mobility and prosperity was alive throughout the land. In 1950, Walt Disney Productions was saved from bankruptcy with its smash hit Cinderella, which audiences cheered at a time when the future looked bright and it was still possible for the dream of marrying up to come true.

No, the college your kids go to won’t decide their destiny

March 25, 2015

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni, himself a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, thinks it’s time to take much of the anxiety out of the college admittance process. His new book, Where You Go Is Not Who You Will Be, gives some pretty good reasons to relax – at least a little.

Burying Richard III, England’s last post-apocalyptic warlord

March 25, 2015
Reenactors wear period costume at the site of the Battle of Bosworth ahead of the arrival of Richard III's reburial procession, near Leicester, central England

Reenactors wear period costume at the site of the Battle of Bosworth ahead of the arrival of Richard III’s reburial procession, near Leicester, central England, March 22, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

By David Axe
March 25, 2015
A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A national security strategy Ronald Reagan would love

By Lawrence Korb
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

Allies of convenience: China’s Xi Jinping’s just not that into Vladimir Putin

By William Johnson
March 24, 2015
Russia's President Putin walks past China's President Xi during APEC forum in Beijing

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R) walks past China’s President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, November 11, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon RTR4DN94

Millions in U.S. military equipment lost as Yemen heads down Syria’s path

By Hayat Alvi
March 24, 2015
Boys who are part of the Houthi fighters, hold weapons as they ride on the back of a patrol truck  during a demonstration to show support to the movement, and rejecting foreign interference in Yemen's internal affairs, in Sanaa

Boys who are part of the Houthi fighters hold weapons as they ride on the back of a patrol truck in Sanaa March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Goldilocks zone for oil prices is gone for good

By Richard Heinberg
March 24, 2015
A pickup truck bears the words "I (heart) OIL" written in dirt in Williston

A pickup truck bears the words “I (heart) OIL” written in dirt in Williston, North Dakota, Nov. 12, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

Three ways Netanyahu actually lost last week’s Israeli election

By John Lloyd
March 23, 2015
A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem

A Likud party campaign poster depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lies on the ground in Jerusalem, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun