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Jon Meacham


Jon Meacham is the co-anchor of Need to Know, the former editor of Newsweek, a Pulitzer Prize-winning bestselling author and a commentator on history, politics and religion in America. His book, “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestseller list and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. He is also the author two other New York Times bestsellers — “American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation” and “Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship.” FULL PROFILE»


Jon Meacham: Why the world won’t end tomorrow

Will the world end tomorrow? Jon Meacham’s take on the latest purported coming of the rapture, May 21.


Jon Meacham: A salute to Defense Secretary Robert Gates

Jon Meacham looks back on the career of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who retires this year, after serving both Democratic and Republican administrations with distinction.


Jon Meacham: After bin Laden’s death, will Obama seize the opportunity to move forward?

The death of Osama bin Laden gives President Obama a new opportunity to adjust the nation’s agenda and focus on improving national security by investing in America’s economic future, says Jon Meacham.


Video: Common-sense rules for a ‘moneyed political culture that knows no limits’

As President Obama weighs an executive order that would require federal contractors to disclose their political spending, Jon Meacham discusses why we need limits on our ‘moneyed political culture.’


Video: What if there’s no hell? One pastor’s controversial question

Does hell exist? Jon Meacham comments on one evangelical minister’s controversial book, and on the importance of doubt.


Jon Meacham: Allow non-native Americans to run for president

Jon Meacham explains the reasoning behind the Framers’ decision to allow only native-born Americans to run for president, and argues that it’s time to repeal that part of the Constitution.


Video: On the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs, lessons in presidential humility

In the current political climate, President Obama might draw inspiration from John F. Kennedy’s Bay of Pigs defeat 50 years ago, says Jon Meacham.


Video: Jon Meacham: Obama didn’t follow the law with Libya campaign

President Obama has placed himself above democracy in launching a military campaign in Libya without congressional approval, says Jon Meacham.


A clip by any other name

Jon Meacham responds to thousands of comments about his “In Perspective” piece on assault weapons like that used in the Tuscon shootings.