Articles by: Taylor Thompson

by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 am / in Europe, Winter 2013, World

The Nerd Who Came In From The Cold

by In one of the great scenes from the 1966 film The Battle of Algiers, after being confronted by a pool of Western reporters about the French army’s use of torture against Algerian insurgents, the French officer Mathieu poses a question of his own: “Should France stay in Algeria? If your answer is still yes, then you must accept all […]

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm / in Interview

Benghazi: The Definitive Report

I think the biggest issue they missed was the “why.” Why did the attack happen? And that’s really the critical questions I attempt to answer in the book—why this attack?

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by / on April 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

To Boldly Go Where Everyone is Going

This ain’t your daddy’s space race.

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by / on April 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion, World

Living On a Thin Line

The United States and the other members of the P5+1 group (the permanent five members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) are entering “last chance” negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in Istanbul this week.

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by / on March 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Campus Groups Debate Unions

On Tuesday, March 27, the Columbia Democrats and the Columbia University College Republicans held their final debate of the year, hosted and moderated by the Columbia Political Union.

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by / on March 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

Numbers Game

Mitt Romney is supposed to be a numbers guy, and after 1,144 (the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination), the number on his mind is 270.

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by / on March 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Opinion

Falling on the Sword

This is a difficult, volatile issue in a time of small minds and big egos — good luck finding enough members of Congress willing to fall on the sword and make immigration reform a reality. But if any issue demands bipartisan care and attention, it is this one — we must find a way forward.

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by / on February 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

Tampa, We Have a Problem

While President Obama still has a long way to go on the road to reelection, it is quickly becoming clear that the current set of Republican presidential candidates don’t have what we, in this country, used to call “the right stuff.”

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by / on February 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm / in Opinion, World

When Barry Became…George?

A great deal has been written on President Obama’s continuation of many of the Bush administration’s policies in regards to terrorism. Growth in the size and operational tempo of special warfare units, the extensive use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against terrorist targets worldwide, and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) ongoing warrantless surveillance programs – all of these began with President Bush.

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by / on January 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm / in Domestic, Most Recent Column, Opinion

You Only Live Thrice

The problem with megalomaniacs is that they never stick to the script. Newt Gingrich is one of the few men in American public life that can get away with saying whatever he wants. Whatever nuance exists in his public persona is masked by the verbal violence he does to anyone who gets in his way. The conventional wisdom is that this strength, by far his greatest, will be his undoing. The reality is more complicated.

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