The Great Debate

150 years after the assassination, when will we recover from Lincoln’s death?

By James Braxton Peterson
April 14, 2015
The statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington

The statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, February 11, 2009. REUTERS/Molly Riley

Why Nixon matters

By Stanley Kutler
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. 

Benghazi: The zombie scandal

By Suzanne Garment
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.

JFK’s legacy: The party’s over

By Kathryn Cramer Brownell and Bruce J. Schulman
November 22, 2013

The current commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy raises one lingering question: What explains JFK’s enduring hold on the national imagination?

For Obama’s second Inaugural, skip the poetry

By Michael Waldman
January 18, 2013

President Barack Obama should hope that old adage, “You only get one chance to make a first impression,” isn’t true. In his second Inaugural Address Monday, he has a chance to sharpen his arguments and move the nation in a way that eluded him the first time around.

Cuban Missile Crisis proved compromise is key

By Graham Allison
October 29, 2012

The most-quoted line from history’s most dangerous confrontation declares, “We were eyeball to eyeball and the other fellow just blinked.” Now, with the opening of Robert F. Kennedy’s personal papers on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, there can be no doubt that before Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev blinked, President John F. Kennedy winked.

Obama, Elvis and America’s birthers

By Bernd Debusmann
August 6, 2009

Bernd Debusmann– Bernd Debusmann is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. –
Nobody ever landed on the moon, the televised images are a hoax. John F. Kennedy was murdered in a complex plot involving the Mafia and the CIA. Elvis Presley lives. Barack Obama was born outside the United States and therefore is ineligible to be president.