September 28, 2022

to try men’s souls

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 Aug 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932Times to try men’s soulsBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — As the American colonies were breaking with Great Britain in 1775, Thomas Paine published “The American Crisis” proclaiming, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” They were unusual times. The […]

and the right side of history

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 July 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932Cheney and the right side of historyBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — The best and the worst of today’s Republican Party were on display in Tuesday’s 1/6 Committee hearing as Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., laid out the case for Donald […]

Cassidy and Rupert

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 July 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932 Walter, Cassidy, and RupertBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — When CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite turned against the war in Vietnam following the enemy’s Tet Offensive in early 1968, the war was over. Cronkite was the most respected name in […]

and the Court

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 27 May 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932Tragedy and the CourtBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — Protect the embryos, not the kids is the mantra of the far-Right, and the far-Right controls the U.S. Supreme Court.          Beginning with the Bush v. Gore decision that determined the presidential election in […]

microcosm primary

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 May 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932A microcosm primaryBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary is a microcosm of the political forces raging across the nation. The winners will set the stage for the battle between mostly mainstream Democrats and Trumpian Republicans who are running […]

victorious

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 April 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932NATO victoriousBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — One entity is certain to be the victor in Ukraine: NATO. It is the most durable military alliance ever created, and thanks to Mr. Putin it is stronger than ever and growing with Finland […]

quo antebellum with a twist

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 April 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932Status quo antebellum with a twistBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — Russian forces are retreating from northern Ukraine and the prospects for peace are taking an odd turn. This nonsense about repositioning is ridiculous. That is what retreating armies do. […]

could win

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 March 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932Ukraine could winBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — The Russian invasion of Ukraine is approaching one of several endpoints, brought to a head by the following factors:          The data points include the high number of Russians killed, 7,000 and counting, […]

system doesn’t work

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 28 January 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932The system doesn’t workBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — He did not want to retire, but Justice Stephen Breyer had no choice. If he didn’t say he was stepping down, it is possible his Supreme Court seat could go to […]

A Democratic scenario

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 January 2022WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUNDToday’s Events in Historical PerspectiveAmerica’s Longest-Running Column Founded 1932A Democratic scenarioBy Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift          WASHINGTON — Conventional wisdom says the Republicans will take back the House in the November midterm elections and have a better than even chance to win control of the Senate. If this happens, the […]