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White House did initiate automatic spending cuts

Misunderstanding, misstatements and all the classic contortions of partisan message management surround the sequester, the term for the $85 billion in ugly and largely irrational federal spending cuts set by law to begin Friday.

February 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama, Hagel agree on overarching philosophy

In the first months of the Obama presidency in 2009, Chuck Hagel, who had just finished two terms as a U.S. senator, went to the White House to visit with the friend he had made during the four years they overlapped in the Senate.

January 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Retrospective: The five ruinous wars of Richard M. Nixon

Retrospective: The five ruinous wars of Richard M. Nixon

In the course of his 5 1/2-year presidency, beginning in 1969, Nixon launched and managed five successive and overlapping wars — against the anti-Vietnam War movement, the news media, the Democrats, the justice system and, finally, against history itself. 

June 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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