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  • America's Good Fortune Buoys Superpower

    America's Good Fortune Buoys Superpower
    Niccolo Machiavelli, perhaps the shrewdest political philosopher in history, believed that great events were shaped by luck — or "fortuna" as he called this unpredictable force of life. The same actions might produce success or failure, depending on the whims of the goddess Fortuna.
  • Many college freshmen clueless about debt load

    Many college freshmen clueless about debt load
    As many high school seniors decide in the next couple of months what college they will attend, most will be flying blind about what their decision will cost them next year or 10 years later. Despite all the hand wringing about runaway college costs, and...

    In the Arab world, U.S. is low on leverage

    In the Arab world, U.S. is low on leverage
    The "Arab Spring" may not have succeeded in bringing democracy to the Middle East. But it has provided powerful evidence of a different phenomenon: the illusion of U.S. influence over governments we once considered our clients. Take Egypt. Before 2011,...

    War and perpetual adolescence

    The urgency I feel isn't any longer to stop a particular war but to interrupt endless war: to interrupt the narrowly focused geopolitical conversation, conveyed to us over and over by media stenographers, in which lethal intervention -- wherever -- is...

    Some of Grasso's own constituents likely 'freeloaders'

    We should thank John Grasso, the gentleman from Glen Burnie, for expressing an American ideal: That, with hard work and prudence, grit and determination, anyone can own a nice house and a fine car. "Work harder," the Anne Arundel county councilman said...