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Jon Meacham In Perspective


  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.


  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.


  Jon Meacham on the American promise of public education

All those who care about civil rights — who care about human rights — should dedicate themselves to the cause of public education, Jon Meacham says.


  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on the crisis in Egypt

Jon Meacham ruminates on America’s checkered history with friendly authoritarian and totalitarian regimes.


  Jon Meacham on the State of the Union

Jon Meacham finds Charles Dickens’s words — “It was the best of times, it was the worst times” — especially apt to describe President Obama’s State of the Union address.


  Jon Meacham, a gun owner, on restoring the assault weapons ban

In light of the shootings in Arizona, Need to Know’s Jon Meacham — a gun owner — takes both parties to task for their reluctance to ban assault weapons.


  The legacy of Richard Holbrooke

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers the legacy of the late Richard Holbrooke, who died this week at the age of 69, and his impact on U.S. diplomacy.


  Moynihan and the midterms

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers the legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and compares the relatively interactive political environment in which he lived to the collision of political extremities today.


  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on the gay rights movement

In this essay, Jon Meacham compares the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s to the gay rights movement today, and finds that we may be repeating the mistakes of the past.

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