The Great Debate

‘American Sniper’: The war we wished for just might win the Oscar

By Allen Steinberg
February 19, 2015
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Bradley Cooper playing Chris Kyle in ‘American Sniper.’ REUTERS/Warner Bros. Entertainment

How to arm Ukraine without starting World War Three

By Steven Pifer
February 18, 2015
Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in the town of Vuhlehirsk, west of Debaltseve

Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in Vuhlehirsk, about 10 km (6 miles) west of Debaltseve, February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

No, Russia isn’t building a giant new aircraft carrier

By David Axe
February 18, 2015
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Russian Aircraft Carrier “Kuznetsov,” January 1996. WIKIMEDIA/Commons

The Kremlin is preparing blueprints for a huge new aircraft carrier, Russian media reported in early February, to replace its navy’s current flattop, the relatively small and aged Admiral Kuznetsov.

Why Arab Spring made life better in Tunisia, failed everywhere else

By Ellen McLarney
February 18, 2015
A Tunisian fan reacts after Tunisia lost their quarter-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Equatorial Guinea in Bata

A Tunisian fan soccer fan. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the first democratic elections to be held during the Arab Spring, marks an astonishing democratic culmination in the birthplace of the movement. It has also proven hard to replicate.

As free trade pacts expand, U.S. trade deficit soars. Why add one more?

By Leo Hindery Jr.
February 17, 2015
U.S. President Obama, Australian Prime Minister Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Abe meet at the G20 in Brisbane

(L-R) President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G20 in Brisbane, November 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Why the 2016 Republican nominee is likely to be chosen by the blue states

By Bill Schneider
February 17, 2015
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses delegates during the final session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush addresses delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 30, 2012 REUTERS/Mike Segar

Ukraine’s military is stronger than believed. Here’s what it needs to win.

By Alan Chin
February 16, 2015
Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride on a military vehicle near Debaltseve

Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride on a military vehicle near Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 16, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Two crises and one hapless ‘savior’ in Europe

By John Lloyd
February 13, 2015
A newly mobilized soldier trains with a weapon at the 169th training center of Ukrainian ground forces "Desna" in the Chernihiv region

A newly mobilized soldier trains with a weapon at the 169th training center of Ukrainian ground forces “Desna” in the Chernihiv region, Feb. 13, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

How ‘Saturday Night Live’ brought down the presidency (to our level)

By Kathryn Cramer Brownell
February 13, 2015
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President Bill Clinton and his “Saturday Night Live” iteration Darrell Hammond (L), at the 53rd annual Radio-Television Correspondents Dinner in Washington, April 10, 1997. REUTERS/Files

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.