The Kissinger Transcripts

A selection from recently released material in the National Archives

It Isn't the Message, Stupid

A new kind of guru is convincing Democrats that they don't need new ideas after all—a snazzy new sales pitch will revive their fortunes

The Hapless Toad

Amid all the liberal hysteria about the threats posed by a conservative Supreme Court, one threat tends to be ignored—and it happens to be the biggest one

The Craft and Craftiness of Henry Kissinger

Articles by Seymour Hersh, Robert D. Kaplan, and others assess Kissinger's career and legacy.

Rehnquist the Great?

Even liberals may come to regard William Rehnquist as one of the most successful chief justices of the century

Incumbent-Protection Acts

Campaign-finance reform—an explanation

Confirmation Class

Most of what we learn from confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court chief justice will be misleading or irrelevant

A Spouse in the House

The Air America Plan

Liberal talk radio is off the ground. Will the electorate turn blue, or just red in the face?

What's the Matter With Central Park West?

What Amy Would Do

Should you tell your spouse about that fleeting infidelity fifteen years ago? Throw a baby shower for your pregnant-out-of-wedlock daughter? Amy Dickinson, the author of the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy," is the Chicago Tribune's successor to the great Ann Landers. And she can help—as our correspondent discovered

Redheaded Eskimo

The corporate tax bill—an explanation

Letting Go of Roe

The Democratic Party's commitment to preserving Roe v. Wade has been deeply unhealthy for abortion rights, for liberalism more generally, and ultimately for American democracy

Presidential Ailments

Pork With a Point

The highway bill—a translation

Executive Assistance

The split between "red" states and "blue" states has never been wider, but one type of candidate is bridging that gap: businessmen

Hail to the _____

An all-purpose post-election editorial, offered free to news organizations across the United States

A Spectator's Guide to the Political Action Universe

Karl Rove in a Corner

Karl Rove is at his most formidable when running close races, and his skills would be notable even if he used no extreme methods. But he does use them. His campaign history shows his willingness, when challenged, to employ savage tactics

Crayola Nation


What to watch for in the weeks ahead

After the Fall

What will happen to the losing party after the election?

Supreme Irony

As elections near, partisans always invoke a threat to the "balance" of the Court. But the real peril isn't ideology—it's blandness

Foreign Leaders and Kerry

Do they really like him? Here's what they—or, anyway, people—tell me

A $2.4 Trillion Figure of Speech

The federal budget—an explanation


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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