There is a classic “Doonesbury” cartoon, published soon after the Vietnam War ended, in which the antiwar activist Mark Slackmeyer is arguing with his pro-war father. They go back and forth, each blaming the other’s politics for everything that’s wrong in Southeast Asia, when they finally reach the Cambodian genocide.
President Barack Obama is pressing Republicans to stop obstructing federal judicial nominees, protesting the delays in private conversations with senators and in public declarations by administration officials.
Next week marks a much-overlooked anniversary: It will be 50 years since Lee Harvey Oswald, under the name A. Hidell, purchased the Italian surplus Carcano M91/38 rifle with which he would eight months later assassinate U.S. President John F. Kennedy.
“The Passage of Power,” the fourth volume of Robert Caro’s acclaimed life of Lyndon Johnson, is among the finalists for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Awards. Two of the earlier volumes have won the award.