Archive: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Lamenting a Lack of Common Ground

Discord is the political language of the moment. Democrats turn a deaf ear to Republicans, and Republicans aren't listening to Democrats. In his new book "I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican: A Survival Guide for Conservatives Marooned Among the Angry, Smug and Terminally Self-Righteous," Harry Stein wonders...

By Steven E. Levingston | September 25, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Health Care Lessons From Israel

In the debate over health care reform, what can the United States learn from Israel? Dr. Dani Filc, author of "Circles of Exclusion: The Politics of Health Care in Israel," has some ideas. Filc is a senior lecturer in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University and...

By Steven E. Levingston | September 24, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (10)

Michelle and Hillary, Dan Brown's Swift Sales, MacArthur Authors, Grisham and Literature

Michelle Obama nixed the idea of Hillary Clinton becoming vice president, according to a new book by Christopher Andersen titled "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage"...Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" has become the fastest selling adult book of all time ... The MacArthur Foundation announced its 2009 "Genius...

By Steven E. Levingston | September 23, 2009; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Relevatory Night at PEN/Faulkner

On stage, from left to right, Alice McDermott, Debra Magpie Earling, W. Ralph Eubanks and Francine Prose. (James R. Brantley ) About halfway through the pyrotechnic vision of Revelation, St. John hears a voice that tells him to take a little book and "eat it up." The scene Monday...

By Ron Charles | September 23, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Missile Defense and the Geopolitics of Proliferation

A demonstrator carries a banner during a protest march in May 2007 in downtown Prague against a possible location of a U.S. missile defense radar system in the Czech Republic. (Petr David Josek/AP) President Obama's decision to scrap a missile defense system has prompted questions about the motives and...

By Steven E. Levingston | September 22, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Health Care, Race and Political Polarization

Race has leapt back into the political conversation following former president Jimmy Carter's assertion that many of the attacks against the White House were motivated by the color of President Obama's skin. The debate underscores not only the country's racial sensitivities but also the American political divide. Authors Marc J....

By Steven E. Levingston | September 21, 2009; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (18)


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