Joshua Burgman

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“Every president has been manipulated by national security officials”: David Talbot exposes America’s “deep state”

From World War II though JFK, “The Devil’s Chessboard” explores how Allen Dulles used the CIA as a tool of elites<p>This year’s best spy thriller isn’t fiction – it’s history. David Talbot’s previous book, the bestseller “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years” explored Robert F. Kennedy’s …

National Security

Gun laws across U.S. in balance as Supreme Court considers Chicago case

Gun rights advocates are urging the<p>Supreme Courtto strike down a local Chicago ordinance prohibiting semiautomatic "assault weapons" that can carry more than 10 rounds.<p>The justices on Friday were to consider the appeal in Friedman vs. City of<p>Highland Park. If they refuse to hear the appeal, the …

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Fox News would have hated Lincoln: Honest Abe, Obama and the uncertainty of faith

The true greatness of Lincoln was a moral seriousness, not superiority, framed by faith but not self-justification<p>Earlier this month in a segment titled “Obama, Religion & the Islamic State,” MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell called Obama "the most gifted writer and speaker in the history of the American …

Faith

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.<p>Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, <i>The Wages of Destruction</i>. And so it is …

Killer cops, drone wars and the crisis of democracy

Americans have surrendered democracy and enslaved ourselves to illegitimate power. The consequences are murder<p>This will long be remembered as the week when another grand jury declined to prosecute another white police officer in the death of another unarmed African-American man, this time in the …

Why a Republican Congress might actually be the end of the world

Keystone XL may be dead for now, but it’s only one of several measures that would put the planet in grave danger<p>Pop the champagne corks in Washington! It’s party time for Big Energy. In the wake of the midterm elections, Republican energy hawks are ascendant, having taken the Senate and House by …

U.S. pledges $3 billion toward global climate fund

The White House pledged late Friday that the U.S. will donate $3 billion to help poor countries adapt to the effects of global warming — the second high-profile announcement on climate change to come this week during President Barack Obama’s trip abroad.<p>The promised money for a multibillion-dollar …

7 disgustingly racist anti-Obama cartoons

The Boston Herald runs an appalling editorial cartoon promoting racial stereotypes. It isn’t alone<p>The conservative-leaning Boston Herald on Wednesday published an editorial cartoon roundly condemned as racist, seizing on the case of the White House intruder to peddle racial stereotypes.<p>After the …

Hermès Teaches You To Tie a Scarf

The fashion house introduces a virtual platform dedicated to tying its iconic scarves<p>Hermès launched its website in 2001, but in genius-brand fashion realized their iconic scarves deserved their own virtual platform. Enter: lamaisondescarres.com. In it, the visitor enters the House of Hermes …