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Paul Ryan: The Pupil Who Outshone the Teacher

There was a moment in Iowa in 2012 when Paul Ryan seemed to make his breakthrough.

An angry voter confronted former House speaker Newt Gingrich, then running for the Republican presidential nomination, over his comments that Ryan’s blueprint for reforming entitlements constituted “right-wing social engineering.” The Iowan promptly let Newt have it.

“What you did to Paul Ryan was unforgivable,” the voter fumed to Gingrich. “You’re an embarrassment!”

‘Donald and Shinzo’: This U.S-Japan Bromance May Be For Real

“During my visit to Japan last fall, I met with Japanese families who endured the terrible heartbreak of having their loved ones abducted by the North Korean regime,” Donald Trump said at Mar-a-Lago Wednesday after two days of meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “We want to see these families reunited as soon as possible. And I know for a fact that it’s one of the truly most important things on Shinzo’s mind. We talk about it often.

Thomas Jefferson is America and America is Thomas Jefferson

In almost every way, when we think about Thomas Jefferson, we think about America. When we’re proud of our heritage, we focus on his Declaration of Independence, his founding of the University of Virginia, his design of Monticello, his massive library, and his sending forth Lewis and Clark. In our uncertainty and embarrassment, we turn to his ownership of slaves, his alleged obsession with Sally Hemmings, and his bitterness towards Alexander Hamilton.

Six Months in, #MeToo Has Become Infantilizing and Authoritarian

It’s six months since #MeToo began trending on social media. Since then, those two little words have sparked a conversation about the sexual harassment of women that has spread across the globe and into every walk of life. Half a year on it’s time to take stock and ask what women have gained from this movement.

Can We Admit Now That Afghanistan Reconstruction Failed?

Last month, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), released a new inspection report that found, after four years and $60 million, a project called the North East Power System, intended to provide cost-effective and reliable power to unserved populations in Afghanistan, was not yet operational.

Barbara Bush: The Hand That Rocked the Cradle That Ruled the World

Barbara Pierce Bush lived a remarkable life. Of course, any life that extends for more than nine decades is remarkable. When Mrs. Bush was born, Calvin Coolidge was in the White House, Prohibition was the law of the land, and the hot consumer technology was the radio—a radio the size of a piece of furniture. Today, in this era of Donald Trump, legal marijuana, and Facebook, it’s hard to fathom the changes over the last decade, let alone the last 10 decades.