- Newsmaker: A Continuing Need for the Stimulus Package? - The economic stimulus bill passed the House but died in the Senate. Despite the bipartisan good intentions after September 11, not everyone is mourning the failure. Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, faults greed and politics for the defeat of a bill that may become redundant by the time the Congress revisits the issue after the holiday recess.
- Reporter's Notebook: Reparations for Civilian Losses in US Bombing of Afghanistan - The US has mourned "collateral damage" to civilians in Afghanistan, but should it pay compensation to the wounded and surviving relatives of the dead? David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation, makes a moral case for just such a gesture. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, believes that if anyone is owed redress, it's American casualties of al Queda and Osama bin Laden.
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After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
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