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National Perspective by David Shribman

September 27, 2014

The President Goes to War in Syria and Iraq but Only So Far

This is an unusual American civic moment: All of Washington is under pressure, and all the pressure points in American politics are engaged. There is the president, Barack Obama, pushing for an aggressive attack on terrorism -- even as an important poll showed the public doesn't approve of his... continue

September 20, 2014

We're in a War, but Not at War

CHICAGO -- The trains still screech on the elevated tracks of the Loop. The crowds still gather along the packed streets outside the iconic popcorn and nut outlets. The sweet-cheese pierogi and the borscht still are crowd favorites in the city's Polish restaurants. Chicago never felt so normal as it did last... continue

September 13, 2014

New GOP Hope: Mitt Romney

Richard Nixon lost the presidency in 1960, was pilloried in his own party for losing to so inexperienced an opponent as John F. Kennedy and eight years later was elected to the White House. Ronald Reagan tried twice, in 1968 and 1976, and didn't win the Republican nomination until 1980, when he was elected... continue

September 06, 2014

Struggling With the Presidency

Two startling announcements, only a half-dozen years apart, both made from the Oval Office: In 1968, Lyndon B. Johnson says he will not run for another term as president. Six years later -- we mark the 40th anniversary Monday -- Gerald R. Ford decides to pardon Richard M. Nixon. Both decisions were... continue

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