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Robert Lacy
Memento Mori
Tom Lea, “The Marines Call It That 2,000 Yard Stare” (Wikimedia Commons)
Notes from a Nightmare Century

Famous photographs become our collective memories.

Dark Matter
Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity (1944).
Back to Back

James M. Cain’s one-two punch—The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) and Double Indemnity (1943)—gave us the film noir era, but was it art?

Tinseltown's Scribe
Nice Guy, Bad Driver

Remembering novelist Nathanael West, whose California dreams came true. Until he crashed into the car of a man whose didn’t.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
illiberalism

Tribalism on one side strengthens tribalism on the other.

A Setback?

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party suffered a defeat at the polls on Sunday. But the country’s next parliamentary could come sooner than most expect, offering the populists another chance.

Europe's Mess

A “No” vote many thought would strike a serious blow against the EU may have been more of a stay of execution. But that does not mean any of Europe’s underlying problems have gone away.

Budget Battles

Many of the nation’s top military brass have Putin on their minds when looking at the 2018 defense budget.

democracy and its discontents

The outcome of the election made the public more supportive of America’s idiosyncratic election system overall.

Consequences

Yet more proof that the only way to assure good treatment for refugees is to do everything to prevent their displacement in the first place.

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