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August 7, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Kirsten Gillibrand, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Kirsten Gillibrand announced on August 28, 2019, that she was ending her campaign. It has been a while since Americans have elected successive presidents from the same state. Not since Nov…

Kirsten Gillibrand

August 6, 2019

Election 2020
Meet Cory Booker, Democratic Presidential Candidate

Update: Cory Booker announced on January 13, 2020, that he was ending his campaign. Is America ready for a president who is single and a vegan? Cory Booker, New Jersey’s junior senator, certainly …

Cory Booker

October 19, 2018

Ethiopia
Women This Week: Equality in Ethiopian Cabinet

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post, covering October 7 to October 16, was compiled wit…

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and Muferiat Kamil, newly-named Minister of Peace, address members of parliament.

May 4, 2017

United States
Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters)

February 20, 2017

Elections and Voting
TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-four men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay. If you are lucky enough…

The Presidential Seal in the White House in Washington

January 18, 2017

Elections and Voting
Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

To get you ready for Inauguration Day, here are ten lesser known facts about presidential inaugurations. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the forty-fifth U.S. president, but he will be only the…

The U.S. Capitol is seen during a rehearsal for the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington

October 30, 2012

Corporate Governance
Hurricane Sandy: A Lesson in Why Governments Really Matter

Grover Norquist, the anti-tax crusader, has famously said that he has no wish to eliminate government, but only to “shrink it to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.” Americans up and down th…

Emergency personnel help a resident onto a boat after rescuing her from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry, New Jersey on October 30, 2012 (Adam Hunger/Courtesy Reuters).

August 26, 2013

Energy and Environment
Responses to Posts on Alternative Development Measures

My recent posts on alternative development measures generated an outpouring of comments. To keep the conversation going, I would like to highlight some responses to the posts and encourage you to sha…

RTX12MMX

February 15, 2016

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-three men—and they have all been men, though that may change next January 20—who have been president on Presidents’ Day by posti…

Presidents

June 16, 2015

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016: Governor Jeb Bush, GOP Presidential Candidate

We have had two presidents who were the fathers of presidents. We have had a president who was the grandfather of a president. We have even had presidents who were fifth cousins. But we have never ha…

Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Miami, Florida June 15, 2015.