James David Dickson

Tired Superpower

 

Senator William Turner wants to make his vision of the American Dream a reality. The costs of his program are high. He pledges to pay for them by completely withdrawing the U.S. military from foreign soil. “If we slashed our military budget in half we’d have funds for fuel-cell plants, homeland defense, and universal healthcare,” […]

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Wolverine Worries

 

That the West Virginia Mountaineers might be closer to a national championship in football than the Michigan Wolverines is perhaps the biggest compliment one can pay new Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez. His first task in Ann Arbor is to change that fact and turn college football’s winningest program into a contender once again. Michigan’s […]

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Dangling Chad

 

“Anyone who doesn’t want to be here, please leave,” yelled Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis after his team’s nationally televised 13-34 drubbing to the New England Patriots in week four of the 2007 season. Wide receiver Chad Johnson decided to take Lewis up on that offer. But his efforts, and those of teams hoping to […]

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Supporting the Troops

 

“‘Do they support us back home?’ That was a common question [from the troops] — which surprised me,” said Alison Barber. That, she told TAS, was when she knew there was a growing and troubling “disconnect” between the boots on the ground and the “many homefront groups doing great work in supporting the troops.” She […]

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What’s the Matter With Iowa?

 

It wasn’t until Atlantic reporter Joshua Green called former state representative Danny Carroll that Carroll started to understand what hit him. He had been Speaker Pro Tempore of the Iowa State House, which was controlled by Republicans right up to the 2006 midterm elections. Then he went down to unexpected defeat, contributing to his party’s […]

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Lloyd Carr’s Biggest Game

 

“THOSE WHO STAY WILL BE CHAMPIONS.” Those words — the Schembechler Doctrine — were the ones that convinced the seniors of the University of Michigan football team to put it together again for one last title run. Just about every fall feels as though it could be a “special” one in Ann Arbor. This fall, […]

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Failing Grade

 

On the 150th anniversary of Princeton University, in 1896, Woodrow Wilson extolled the virtues of his college: “Princeton was founded upon the very eve of the stirring changes which put the revolutionary drama on the stage — not to breed politicians, but to give young men such training as, it might be hoped, would fit […]

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My Trip to Lawrence Wright

 

Lawrence Wright’s research on Al Qaeda took place over five years and four continents, yet he believes our knowledge of what led to 9/11 has only breached the tip of the iceberg. That can hardly be attributed to Wright not doing his part. After being denied repeated visa requests to work as a journalist, Wright […]

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End of an Era

 

“Remember when we used to leave Michigan games early because we were so far ahead?” my girlfriend said, as we hiked the steps of the Big House, after Oregon jumped ahead 25-7, with no end in sight. “It’s the end of an era,” I lamented, before pausing to take one more look at a Michigan […]

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Beyond Words

 

The frustrations of Senate Democrats have begun to manifest themselves in actions rather than words, as four Senate Democrats have requested a perjury probe of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales’s testimony regarding a hospital room confrontation with his predecessor, John Ashcroft, was contradicted by FBI Director Robert Mueller. But the perjury issue is trickier […]

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