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The Sidebar: The World Doth Protest

September 28, 2012
Romesh Ratnesar considers the future of American strategy in the Middle East after regional protests and President Obama's remarks at the U.N. General Assembly. Emily Parker explains the global implications of recent uprisings in China. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.
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Why Obama Has Gone on Political Offensive Against Romney Over Iran

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
September 25, 2012 |

In the past 10 days, something remarkable has happened: President Obama has gone on the political offensive on Iran. It started just over a week ago when Benjamin Netanyahu took a swipe at Hillary Clinton and tried to pressure Obama into setting a deadline for military action.

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Romney Crosses the Immigration Divide

  • By
  • Tamar Jacoby,
  • New America Foundation
September 22, 2012 |

Polls show President Obama way ahead with Latinos, the nation's fastest-growing voting bloc. According to the latest Gallup figures, he leads Mitt Romney by 66% to 26% among registered Latinos, who could be the voters who make the difference in November in four of the eight must-win battleground states: Colorado, Nevada, Florida and Virginia.

Romney Mideast Differences With Obama More Style Than Substance

  • By
  • Romesh Ratnesar,
  • New America Foundation
September 20, 2012 |

Until the last few weeks, foreign policy remained in the background as President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, duked it out over the economy. Then came the storming of U.S. embassies in Egypt, Sudan, and Yemen, and the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other diplomatic staffers in Benghazi, Libya.

Suddenly foreign policy became a flash point, with Romney accusing Obama of sympathizing with the rioters and failing to protect American interests, and the president countering that Romney has “a tendency to shoot first and aim later.”

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The Sidebar: Who Decides: Free Speech and Voter's Rights

September 20, 2012
Rebecca MacKinnon explains free speech on the Internet in light of Google's decision to block access to the anti-Islamic video. Len Downie and young journalists from News21 discuss their in-depth reporting on voter ID laws and voter's rights.

Saving 'Lyin' Ryan'

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
September 3, 2012 |

No doubt about it, Paul Ryan's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention the other night was a daring display, especially for a guy with his last name. If Ryan keeps spouting so many blatant and easily checkable lies, the temptation to comedy show and newspaper headline writers will be too much for frail mortals to bear: The Republican vice presidential nominee may soon find himself branded "Lyin' Ryan". 

Obama Can Say 'Climate' After All

  • By
  • Mark Hertsgaard,
  • New America Foundation
September 10, 2012 |

Well, what do you know, President Obama can say the C word after all. Until last night’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, “climate change” had virtually disappeared from Obama’s public vocabulary. So it was a surprise to hear him affirm that, “yes, my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children’s future.”

The Ghost of George W. Bush

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
September 10, 2012 |

The conventions are over, but the individual who will determine the 2012 election didn’t attend either of them. His name is George W. Bush.

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What's Missing From the U.S. Campaign Debate? The Rest of the Planet.

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
September 9, 2012 |

Foreign policy got short shrift in this year’s Republican and Democratic conventions. In their acceptance speeches, both candidates made brief obeisance to the moth-eaten chimera of energy independence, promised trade deals that would create jobs at home, and pledged to counter threats in the Middle East. Romney did vow global military dominance. Obama at least mentioned Afghanistan and Iraq and cited his administration’s efforts to get tough with China. But did either candidate attempt to explain how America’s national interests are connected to the fortunes of the rest of the planet?

Conventional Wisdom

  • By
  • Steve Coll,
  • New America Foundation
September 10, 2012 |

During the kerosene-lamp era, political conventions were magnificent festivals of “honest work and base trickery,” enlivened by delegates who could be “violent, vituperative and malignant,” as a Times account of the Republican Convention of 1880 put it. Well into the twentieth century, Presidential nominees were chosen at the Conventions, and they remained newsmaking extravaganzas. Television’s arrival heightened the drama: John F.

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