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Nixon Returns

History repeats itself. In fact, the same characters pop up again and again – stock characters – iconic symbols of this or that sort of historical folly. In the first decade of this century, America said “never again” – that … Continue reading

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Flynn Facts

Presidents have always had problems with generals. In 1862, Lincoln removed George B. McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac and brought Ambrose Burnside to see what Burnside could do against Robert E. Lee. That didn’t work out. … Continue reading

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No American Gunpowder Plot Necessary

Someone at BBC America has a sense of humor, or a sense of history. It was that time of year again. The network aired V for Vendetta – a neo-fascist regime has subjugated the United Kingdom – Hugo Weaving is … Continue reading

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The Hell of Other People

The Nazis were still in Paris, and at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier, in May 1944, a new play by Jean-Paul Sartre opened – No Exit – where three characters find themselves waiting in a mysterious room. They’re dead. This is … Continue reading

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In Like Flynn

It’s good to be an insider. You’re safe. No one can touch you. You’re “in like Flynn” – that’s how people put it. That, however, is an odd way to put it: The rhyming phrase became associated with actor Errol … Continue reading

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Trouble with the Help

“It’s so hard to find good help these days.” That’s the line that every clueless rich woman in a movie or television show says when she’s exasperated by her much too forward maid, or every clueless rich man says when … Continue reading

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Istanbul on the Potomac

There’s North Korea. There’s Syria. There’s Iran. And there are always the Palestinians and most of the obscure nations south of Egypt, full of ISIS and al-Qaeda wannabes – and then there’s Turkey. No, really – Turkey may be a … Continue reading

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