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John Avlon Fidel Castro Finally Dies, But His Apologists Live On

Fidel Castro Finally Dies, But His Apologists Live On

Cuba’s communist dictator is finally dead. Good riddance. His apologists live on but they will look foolish in the rearview mirror of history. When a five-decades-long dictator dies, it is customary to hear analysts offer up the following kind of … 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 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 Scenes From Cleveland’s Republican Trumpocalypse

Scenes From Cleveland’s Republican Trumpocalypse

The Daily Beast editor-in-chief reports from Cleveland, where Donald Trump’s coronation feels more like a funeral. As one seasoned operative said: “I’ve got to go on TV and defend the indefensible.” CLEVELAND — You have to remind yourself that none … 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 How the Party of Lincoln was Left Behind on Civil Rights – Real Clear Politics

How the Party of Lincoln was Left Behind on Civil Rights – Real Clear Politics

Abraham Lincoln would be amazed by this race – but not for the reason you might think. In an under-remarked historic irony, the political party that long defended slavery and racial segregation has become the first to nominate an African-American … Continue reading

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John Avlon The Economist Interview: Six questions for John Avlon

The Economist Interview: Six questions for John Avlon

IN TODAY’S polarised political environment John Avlon has carved out a useful niche, exposing extremists on both the left and right. He says these partisans are more dangerous than ever, in part because they obscure the growing power of independents. … 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 Forty-Five Foiled Terror Plots Since 9/11 – The Daily Beast

Forty-Five Foiled Terror Plots Since 9/11 – The Daily Beast

As counterterrorism officials investigate a new ‘credible’ terror threat, records show there have been at least 45 jihadist terrorist-attack plots against Americans since 9/11—thwarted by intelligence work, policing, and citizen involvement. John Avlon reports. As news of a new “credible” … Continue reading

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John Avlon American Way: What We Didn’t Learn After Newtown – The Telegraph

American Way: What We Didn’t Learn After Newtown – The Telegraph

Here’s the thing about shock. It fades. Certainly not for the families of the 20 children who were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago. But for the rest of us, who recoiled in horror at the … 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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John Avlon What Independent Voters Want – The Wall Street Journal

What Independent Voters Want – The Wall Street Journal

Independent voters, once a political afterthought, are now the largest and fastest-growing segment of the American electorate. This shift led to the nomination of two candidates who ran against the polarizing establishments of their own parties, while preaching the need … Continue reading

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John Avlon Donald Trump Is Running for Richard Nixon’s Third Term

Donald Trump Is Running for Richard Nixon’s Third Term

From the ‘Silent Majority’ slogan to the secret plans to win the war, a prodigious enemies list, and a surreal commitment to ‘bring us together,’ it’s Tricky Dick all over again. onservative candidates usually beg for comparisons with Ronald Reagan, … Continue reading

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John Avlon Michael Hastings, R.I.P. – The Daily Beast

Michael Hastings, R.I.P. – The Daily Beast

There will be a lot of these heartsick tributes to Michael Hastings, who died on Tuesday in Los Angeles at the unforgivably young age of 33. He was one of the great journalists of our generation, possessing spark and insight … Continue reading

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John Avlon The MLK Whitewash

The MLK Whitewash

As he is rightly honored every year, it’s easy to forget that Dr. King was once reviled as a Communist and a threat to America. John Avlon on why the old attacks are a warning for today’s politicians. This Martin … Continue reading

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John Avlon A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock – The Daily Beast

A Brief History of Wingnuts in America; From George Washington to Woodstock – The Daily Beast

In this exclusive excerpt from the new edition of ‘Wingnuts,’ author John Avlon reminds us that paranoid extremism is nothing new in American politics. If you’re disgusted by the unhinged hyper-partisanship that distorts our political debates beyond reason, here’s some … Continue reading

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