My Turn: Keeping that home fire burning


In 1934, Kansas City Democratic party boss Tom Pendergast promoted his friend, failed businessman Harry Truman, for a Senate seat. In that office...

My Turn: The haunting question


Each November I experience that same chill, not of the season but a circling back of events of Nov. 22, 1963. The date resonates with fewer people...

The “book” on relationships between the Christian West and Islam in the East records centuries of conflict, of which the Trump and Biden...

My Turn: Facing solitary confinement


Having sufficiently vexed the powers that be by participation in protests, I have experienced the discomfort of handcuffs in police cars, as well...

My Turn: The lesson of Afghanistan


In my July essay in this space, I suggested we’d soon see reenactment of helicopters-on-the-roof rescues from the Kabul American Embassy. What...

The Bush-Cheney administration responded to 9/11, not with an internationally supported manhunt for perpetrators but by invading two Muslim...

My Turn: Disorder in the court


Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to hold hearings upon President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to fill a Supreme Court...

My Turn: A hundred years


Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s 47-day siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi, ended July 4, 1863. Many troops responsible for that Union victory were under the...

My Turn: Our unfinished Civil War


The last person shot during the war between our North and South was the warrior- turned-architect-of-peace, Abraham Lincoln. There have been more...

My Turn: Making the case


The House impeachment managers have prepared a compelling argument for conviction, one designed to draw the attention of senators who directly...

For me as a historian, this is a momentous hour, a time to assess how over many decades we’ve arrived, a second time, at a grievous national...

Who will judge us?


In June, 1942, a student group emerged in Munich, Germany, led by a young woman, Sophie Scholl. It was called die Weisse Rosa (The White Rose...

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