Thanksgiving During Civil War

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Happy Thanksgiving! During your busy day of family, friends, pets, pumpkin pie and turkey, you might want to read this. From a beautifully written essay on William Seward’s partnership in and Lincoln’s proclamation of a national Thanksgiving Holiday by Ted Widmer, former director of the C.V.

Impeachment Divides Nation

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There are a slew of polls measuring what Americans think of the impeachment hearings and of the solvency of President Trump’s guilt or innocence. One poll, highlighted by my colleagues at The Hill, show that the enthusiasm of Independents for impeachment has fallen significantly, that is support for impeachment has slipped 6%.

China’s Northern Ireland?

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I traveled to Hong Kong on November 11-12, the very days that the Hong Kong protests took a turn for the worse.  I had thought I would avoid trouble. The protests had been mainly held on weekends, and we were there on a benign Monday and Tuesday.  I was wrong.

Tip Your Hotel Maid

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My grandmother worked in housekeeping for 10 years—and it’s a job where you could use a gratuity. As I check out of a hotel, various excuses race through my head for not tipping the housekeeper. I’m in a big rush. I don’t ha

America Needs Talent

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Last Friday, I participated in a discussion with former Defense Secretary and US Senator Chuck Hagel, Washington Post senior national security correspondent Karen DeYoung, and Wall Street Journal executive Washington editor Gerald Seib on America’s Role in the World and US foreign policy.

Women, Abuse, and Weaponized Rape

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Today, I was reading through some of the Witness episodes and write-ups produced by Al Jazeera and ran across Silent War: How Rape Became a Weapon in Syria. One of the brave women willing to share said: They started to rape women at roadblocks, at home in front of their husbands, their children