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What would you die for?

November 11, 2014 By Todd Brewster

In this commentary, journalist Todd Brewster looks at how the concept of military service has changed over the past few generations and how the great bulk of our youth miss out on something important by not contemplating it.

President and CEO? Beware of the “Businessman in Chief”

February 27, 2012 By Todd Brewster

Back in the early 1970s, a professor at the Harvard Business School introduced a public sector case study for class discussion: the students were asked to analyze the paper flow in the office of then-senator Ted Kennedy.

The cry of “we the people” is a simple one: Leave us alone!

February 23, 2012 By Todd Brewster

What so many opponents of the Affordable Care Act find offensive is the idea that you have to do something because the government tells you that you have to when freedom to so many Americans has traditionally been understood to mean being left to our own devices.

Drone attacks: When war machines work, and when they don't

February 13, 2012 By Todd Brewster

The most visible robotic project right now is the use of drone aircraft. Unmanned vehicles are the wave of the future. In fact, the aerospace industry has essentially stopped all research and development on manned aircraft.

Of Another Day and Another Romney: The Year When Conservative Republicans Proudly Accepted "Defeat"

February 6, 2012 By Todd Brewster

A little more than a decade ago, Edward Luttwak, the renowned military strategist, wrote a provocative essay in Foreign Affairs entitled, “Give War a Chance.”

Turn off the TV? Scalia’s baffling civics lesson

January 30, 2012 By Todd Brewster

If you do not like the rash of intensely negative campaign commercials on television this year, the ones made possible by the court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, then turn off the television.

The "State" of the Union? How about a "vision" instead?

January 23, 2012 By Todd Brewster

Tuesday night, delivering his third State of the Union, Barack Obama has a choice. His could join the long list of predictable addresses, forgotten by daybreak. Or he could do something that might, if only for the moment, stifle his critics and provide the nation with a blueprint for a still young century.

What Would Dr. King Say?

January 16, 2012 By Todd Brewster

Is it time to finally declare Dixie “changed”? That is at the heart of the Texas redistricting decision now before the Supreme Court.

Wanted, for President, in 2012: A Politician

January 3, 2012 By Todd Brewster

Yes, Americans have an inherent distrust of politicians (just as they do of journalists), but as the Gallup Poll tells us each year, they remain at the top of the list of their “most admired people” in the world...

Remembering Vaclav Havel

December 21, 2011 By Todd Brewster

Words, Havel said, matter. Not only to poets and playwrights. They matter – they should matter – to all.

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