Bernard Weisberger

Bernard A. Weisberger is a historian who has been by turns a university professor, an editor of American Heritage and a collaborator on several film documentaries with journalist Bill Moyers.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 6:30am
Congress’s Cat Burglars Are Pulling a Fast One on TPP
“With cat-like tread upon our foes we steal.” So boasted Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance as they decided to try a little burglary for a change. And “steal” is the appropriate word. It’s hardly a surprise that Republican congressional leaders and their cadre of Democratic allies spurred...
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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 1:00pm
Fast-Track Derails Democracy
Pro-democracy forces won a big victory Friday when they stalled the top-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement backed by the White House and the Republican leadership in Congress. But it’s only Round One. The unholy trio of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (who has vowed...
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Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown by (John Trumbull, 1797). Views
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 11:15am
Celebrate the Revolution — And Keep It Going
The Glorious Fourth is a day to let ‘er rip, be as red-white-and-blue as you like, hang out the flag, join the parade, keep an eye on the sky where those fireworks are bursting in air. Start early: pop a Sousa into the sound system, turn up the volume (not too loudly out of respect for the...
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:00pm
Taking Exception to Exceptionalism
In the speech last week that put on hold his request to Congress to authorize the bombing of Syria’s chemical weapons sites, President Obama — no mean orator himself — faced a familiar orator’s problem.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 3:30pm
Money in Politics: Where Is the Outrage?
We might wish the uproar from the convention halls of both parties these busy weeks were the wholesome clamor of delegates deliberating serious visions of how we should be governed for the next four years.
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Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 4:05pm
The Super Problem: "Super Delegates"
Though there are still primaries left, the Democratic Party may be headed for an August dilemma. Neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama is likely to enter the convention with a clinching majority of committed delegates chosen by voters in primaries and caucuses, but Obama is almost guaranteed to have more of them. So, barring a huge late turnaround, the deciding votes will come from the approximately 800 "superdelegates," automatically seated ex officio and free to vote as they please.
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