National Perspective

National Perspective by David Shribman

October 18, 2014

Small-Town Heroes

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October 11, 2014

The Muddled Midterms of 2014

WATERVILLE, Maine -- With three weeks remaining before the critical midterm congressional elections, the character of American politics for the next two years and for the presidential campaign that will begin in earnest next month is unusually uncertain. In fact, the contours of our national civic life are more... continue

October 04, 2014

California Dreamin'

SAN FRANCISCO -- California still produces 90 percent of the country's avocados, 91 percent of its grapes and 92 percent of its plums and prunes. Four out of five almonds produced on Earth are grown here. But the growth that made California a cultural leader as well as an agricultural leader is over. ... continue

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

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