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Prisms of the American Experience

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Vegas, the Bomb, and the American Art of Self-Promotion

Need a place within the contintental United States to test a nuclear bomb?  Does the idea that, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," apply to nuclear fallout?  According to this speech by Anthony Manganaro, in the Las Vegas of the 1950s, such concerns did not matter as much as the thrill of being part of a nuclear extravaganza.  Indeed, the vast majority of Las Vegans were glowing with excitement, while only a few muted voices were worrying about what the afterglow might bring.

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Backlash in the Woods

The manual labor is hard enough for the timber workers of rural Oregon, but in recent decades, cutting down trees has not been half as difficult as having to cut through pesky environmental regulations that stand in the way of getting food on their tables.  The lumberjack and the environmentalist, it would seem, are natural enemies, right?  Not so fast, insists Robert Wise -- the big timber companies deserve much more blame for cutting workers' profits than any hippie who opts to live in a tree rather than see it cut down.  Why the misinformation?  Why can't they see the forest for the trees?

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American Foreign Policy from George Washington to George Bush

In the year 2000, a compassionate conservative named George W. Bush was elected (or appointed) as President of the United States of America.  In this speech, delivered in English in Montevido, Uruguay in May of 2006, and in Spanish in Quito, Ecuador in September of that same year, Professor Michael Aaron Rockland wonders when that conservative plans to take office.  Surveying foreign policy decisions dating back to the Constitutional founders, the author asserts that the choices of the current administration break precedent with nearly every other administration in American history.  What do you label a conservative who does everything but conserve?
 

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An Exploration into the History of the Iraq War’s Leading Theoretician

Before Paul Wolfowitz was embroiled in controversy and fighting for his job as the President of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz was embroiled in controversy and fighting for his job as the Deputy Secretary of Defense for the George W. Bush administration. Has he always been such a lightning rod? In this essay, Garrett Broad delves deep into the history of the man who was instrumental in drawing up the framework for the War in Iraq, calling to mind the old adage that reminds us that, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."

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