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John Avlon The Best Columns of the Year – The Daily Beast

The Best Columns of the Year – The Daily Beast

I’m a fan of the American art form once known as the newspaper column. That’s why I co-edited two Deadline Artists anthologies with my friends Errol Louis and Jesse Angelo—to honor and archive the best of the past. But the … Continue reading

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John Avlon Remembering 9/11: John Avlon

Remembering 9/11: John Avlon

Before he became a senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, John Avlon was a speechwriter for New York Mayor Rudoph Giuliani. He was with Giuliani on the day of the attack. Avlon talks about the difficulty and importance … Continue reading

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John Avlon George Washington’s ‘Warning From a Parting Friend’

George Washington’s ‘Warning From a Parting Friend’

Washington’s farewell address inspired presidents from Ike to Obama. Read the introduction to Daily Beast Editor in Chief John Avlon’s new book. This is the story of the most famous American speech you’ve never read. Once celebrated as civic scripture, … Continue reading

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John Avlon Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo – And You Should Too – The Daily Beast

Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo – And You Should Too – The Daily Beast

The massacre of cartoonists at the French magazine Charlie Hebdo is a crystallizing moment. The shock brings clarity—a reminder that evil exists and free speech, no matter who might it offend, is a bedrock value of liberal democracy. An attack … Continue reading

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John Avlon How The Daily Beast Will Stand Up to President Donald Trump

How The Daily Beast Will Stand Up to President Donald Trump

We will be the loyal opposition. We will not deny his legitimacy. But we will oppose his worst policies and hold him to account. In 1960, after John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Richard Nixon, staunch Hollywood conservative John Wayne declared, … Continue reading

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John Avlon What George Washington Knew About Vladimir Putin’s Political Hack – The Daily Beast

What George Washington Knew About Vladimir Putin’s Political Hack – The Daily Beast

The Founding Fathers reflected on how foreign influences try to erode republican government. We should, too. The idea that a foreign power might try to impact an American election sounds like a chapter ripped from a dystopian novel. It’s not. … Continue reading

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John Avlon Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes – The Daily Beast

Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes – The Daily Beast

The Hindenburg. The Titanic. Michele Bachmann. Eighteen months ago, the Minnesota House member was considered an unlikely but undeniable Republican rising star, winning the Iowa straw poll that unofficially begins the primary season. Today, she is embroiled in a litany … Continue reading

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John Avlon Jim Harrison Can Make You a Better Animal – The Daily Beast

Jim Harrison Can Make You a Better Animal – The Daily Beast

Arguably America’s greatest living author—and certainly our earthiest—lives half the year in Livingston, Montana. It’s a town grounded in the early 20th-century West, with neon signs on brick buildings and mountains in the background, all crowned by a former train … Continue reading

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John Avlon Market Leninism vs. the West – The Daily Beast

Market Leninism vs. the West – The Daily Beast

So much for the end of history. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall gave rise to the idea that liberal capitalist democracy would carry the human race inexorably toward broad sunlit uplands, we are confronted with the … Continue reading

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John Avlon Ed Brooke: The Senate’s Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America – The Daily Beast

Ed Brooke: The Senate’s Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America – The Daily Beast

Ed Brooke was a man ahead of his time—a pioneer of the civil rights movement and a prophet of a post-racial America that is still beyond us. And like all prophets, he was under-appreciated by his country, his community, and … Continue reading

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John Avlon The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance – The Daily Beast

The Westboro Defectors Speak: Phelps Granddaughters Embrace Tolerance – The Daily Beast

On Thursday afternoon Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper visited the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. They’d been inside only a few minutes when they saw a photo of their family. There, as part of the permanent exhibit, was an image … Continue reading

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John Avlon Jimmy Breslin, the Greatest Deadline Artist – The Daily Beast

Jimmy Breslin, the Greatest Deadline Artist – The Daily Beast

The great ones don’t age. You can pick up almost any Jimmy Breslin column from his prime and it reads clean. The punches land with precision. He’s fearless. Funny as hell. And he can break your heart. Line up your … Continue reading

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John Avlon Paranoia on Patriots’ Day – The Daily Beast

Paranoia on Patriots’ Day – The Daily Beast

The paranoid style in American politics is alive and well. It was thriving on both sides of the Potomac Monday at separate Second Amendment rallies offering a cast of characters including militia members, a fundamentalist Mormon family, a sheriff, a … Continue reading

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The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop – The Daily Beast

Impeachment is the final fantasy for obsessive hyper-partisans. But some Democrats are exploiting the craziness as a fundraising call to arms. Silly season has started—and both parties are trying to fund-raise off the fringe. One-third of Americans now say that … Continue reading

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Border Kids Crisis—Impotent Congress – The Daily Beast

The alleged urgency of the problem is inspiring no action on Capitol Hill. But the failure to deal with the influx of Central American children isn’t inevitable—it’s driven by fear. Cynicism passes for wisdom in Washington. And despite the urgent … Continue reading

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John Avlon Vaclav Havel’s Heroic Politics of Truth and Responsibility – The Daily Beast

Vaclav Havel’s Heroic Politics of Truth and Responsibility – The Daily Beast

It is a small irony of history that playwright, prisoner, and Czech president Vaclav Havel died on the same day as North Korean dictator Kim Jung-il. But the world that Havel helped shape had reduced Kim Jung-il to a strange … Continue reading

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Tea Party Cannibalizes Cantor – The Daily Beast

The Republican majority leader fanned the flames of the Tea Party movement, hoping it would help him to take over from John Boehner. Last night he got burned. Winston Churchill once said “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping … Continue reading

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Hatriot Politics Created the Las Vegas Killers – The Daily Beast

Jerad and Amanda Miller, the Wingnuts whose killing spree left two policemen, a civilian, and themselves dead, were inspired by fright-wing radio hosts and militia movement groups. The obsessively anti-government Hatriot movement moved from cultivating conspiracy theories to real killing … Continue reading

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Hate—and Hitler—in the Heartland – The Daily Beast

The man accused of shooting three at Jewish centers in Kansas has a long résumé as a neo-Nazi and KKK grand wizard who once created a points system for murder. The sole suspect in a shooting that left three dead … Continue reading

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John Avlon The Obama Haters Book Club: The Canon Swells – The Daily Beast

The Obama Haters Book Club: The Canon Swells – The Daily Beast

Welcome to the Obama Haters Book Club—a parallel universe of fear mongering for fun and profit. Over the past four years, no less than 89 obsessively anti-Obama books have been published, as now catalogued by The Daily Beast. I’m not … Continue reading

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