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Tomgram: Jon Else, Eyes on the Prize 2017
March 26th, 2017, 10:16 PM

On a glorious afternoon in August 1963, after the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom wrapped up on the national mall, President John F. Kennedy, prodded by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, welcomed John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, and other march organizers to the White House for a discussion of proposed civil rights legislation...

Best of TomDispatch: Engelhardt, The 16th Anniversary of American Cowardice
March 23rd, 2017, 10:16 PM

It’s true that, last week, few in Congress cared to discuss, no less memorialize, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq...

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Words Not to Die For
March 21st, 2017, 10:16 PM

By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked,  “I am an incurable optimist...”

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Walled In
March 16th, 2017, 10:16 PM

If you want to know where President Donald Trump came from, if you want to trace the long winding road (or escalator) that brought him to the Oval Office, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter or even the rise of the alt-right...

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Winning World War II in the Twenty-First Century
March 14th, 2017, 10:16 PM

If you are an American male of a certain age -- Donald Trump’s age, to be exact -- you are likely to have vivid memories of Victory at Sea, the Emmy award-winning NBC documentary series about the U.S. Navy in World War II that aired from October 1952 to May 1953...

Tomgram: John Feffer, Next Stop: The Deconstruction Zone
March 12th, 2017, 10:16 PM

Dystopias have recently achieved full-spectrum dominance. Kids are drawn to such stories -- The Giver, Hunger Games -- like Goths to piercings...

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Surging to Failure
March 9th, 2017, 10:16 PM

The other day, I found myself flipping through old photos from my time in Iraq...

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, War Without End
March 7th, 2017, 10:16 PM

In his inaugural address, President Trump described a dark and dismal United States, a country overrun by criminal gangs and drugs, a nation stained with the blood seeping from bullet-ridden corpses left at scenes of “American carnage”...

Tomgram: William Hartung, The Generals vs. the Ideologues or the Generals and the Ideologues?
March 5th, 2017, 10:16 PM

In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Trump’s domestic version of a shock-and-awe campaign, it’s easy to forget just how much of what the new president and his administration have done so far is simply an intensification of trends long underway...

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Forever Prisoners of Guantanamo
March 2nd, 2017, 10:16 PM

In the spring of 2016, I asked a student of mine to do me a favor and figure out which day would be the 100th before Barack Obama’s presidency ended...

Tomgram: William Astore, In Afghanistan, America's Biggest Foe Is Self-Deception
February 28th, 2017, 10:16 PM

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Trumpian Snapshot of America
February 26th, 2017, 10:16 PM

It’s been epic...

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, At the Altar of American Greatness
February 23rd, 2017, 10:16 PM

Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation’s endless wars, writing a column for a major American newspaper has got to be one of the toughest and most unforgiving jobs there is...

Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Mission Unaccomplished, 15 Years Later
February 21st, 2017, 10:16 PM

The United States has already lost -- its war for the Middle East, that is...

Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Donald Trump, a One-Man 9/11?
February 16th, 2017, 10:16 PM

So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life...

Tomgram: Michael Klare, A "China First" and "Russia Second" Foreign Policy?
February 14th, 2017, 10:16 PM

If there’s a single consistent aspect to Donald Trump’s strategic vision, it’s this: U.S. foreign policy should always be governed by the simple principle of “America First,” with this country’s vital interests placed above those of all others...

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The China Missile Crisis of 2018?
February 12th, 2017, 10:16 PM

Forget those “bad hombres down there” in Mexico that U.S. troops might take out...

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Enemies of Our Enemy Are Not Our Friends
February 9th, 2017, 10:16 PM

You know you’re living in a looking-glass world when former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out against one of Donald Trump’s executive orders...

Tomgram: Engelhardt, It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's The Donald in the News!
February 7th, 2017, 10:16 PM

It started in June 2015 with that Trump Tower escalator ride into the presidential race to the tune of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World...”

Tomgram: Ira Chernus, Now Who's The Enemy?
February 5th, 2017, 10:16 PM

What kind of national security policy will the Trump administration pursue globally...

Tomgram: William Hartung, Investing in the Military (and Little Else)
February 2nd, 2017, 10:16 PM

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds...

Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, and Me on Super Bowl Sunday
January 31st, 2017, 10:16 PM

The Super Bowl is superfluous this year...

Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Goldmanizing Donald Trump
January 29th, 2017, 10:16 PM

Irony isn’t a concept with which President Donald J. Trump is familiar...

Tomgram: William Astore, A Violent Cesspool of Our Own Making
January 26th, 2017, 10:16 PM

I came of age during America's Cold War with the Soviet Union, witnessing its denouement while serving in the U.S. military...

Tomgram: John Feffer, A Globalism of the 1%
January 24th, 2017, 10:16 PM

Donald Trump is a worldly fellow...