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December 17, 2012
Volume 18, Number 14
EDITORIALS
Barack Obama, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Footprints on the Sand of Time
BY ​WILLIAM KRISTOL
Aleppo on December 5, 2012
Obama v. Assad
BY THOMAS DONNELLY
ARTICLES
Boehner looking at Obama
Spender in Chief
The president doesn’t want a deal; he wants higher taxes, on his terms.
BY FRED BARNES
the last temptation
Permanent Gridlock
The showdowns on spending won’t end until the voters make up their minds.
BY JAY COST
François Hollande
Mittal Europa
France’s Socialists are more bark than bite.
BY CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL
A working mother
The War on (Married) Women
It’s embedded in the tax code.
BY ASHLEY E. MCGUIRE
Sen. Mark Kirk
Leading from the Rehab Center
Mark Kirk didn’t let a stroke slow his campaign for Iran sanctions.
BY ALANA GOODMAN
FEATURES
The USS Enterprise, right, sets out on its 22nd and final deployment, 2012.
USS Enterprise
Hail and Farewell
BY BARRETT TILLMAN
Moon Jae-in, left, and Park Geun-hye on the campaign trail
Democracy, Gangnam-Style
South Koreans pick a president
BY ETHAN EPSTEIN
Confederate troops firing from behind the stone wall
‘It Is Well That War Is So Terrible’
The battle of Fredericksburg, December 1862
BY GEOFFREY NORMAN
Books & Arts
General George C. Marshall (seated, left) and staff at the War Department (1941)
What Would Marshall Do?
Fire some generals, for starters.
BY TIM KANE
Julian Symons
Symons Said
On the trail of a strange, elusive life in literature.
BY MICHAEL DIRDA
A series of tubes
Totally Tubular
The nuts and bolts and cables of the Internet.
BY JAMES BOLOGNA
‘Self-Portrait with Beret’ (ca. 1899)
Postmodern Cézanne
This is what happens when politics distorts art.
BY MAUREEN MULLARKEY
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper
Unreal City
Is it possible not to feel good after seeing a feel-good movie?
BY JOHN PODHORETZ
CASUAL
Alan Poindexter’s Arlington gravesite, foreground
Above and Beyond
Mark Hemingway meets the Missing Man
BY MARK HEMINGWAY
SCRAPBOOK
Dave Brubeck
When Brubeck Wasn’t Cool
BY THE SCRAPBOOK
Phyllida Lloyd
The Play’s the Thing
BY THE SCRAPBOOK
A Salvation army Rep
The War on Christmas, cont.
BY THE SCRAPBOOK
Books upon books
Sentences We Didn’t Finish
BY THE SCRAPBOOK
free fall
Free Fall
BY MICHAEL RAMIREZ
PARODY
The Ambassador Wore Prada
The Ambassador Wore Prada
A Parody