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Listen to a Newly Discovered Recording of Reagan and Begin

Secret tape captures U.S.-Israel tensions surrounding first Lebanon war

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‘Ghostbusters’ for Libertarians

How the 1984 paranormal comedy ended up in the conservative film canon

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Wayne Koestenbaum’s Seriously Campy, Anti-Dandy, Big Gay Collection of Essays

The virtuoso of queer theory’s rhetorically playful and nuanced prose on AIDS, Lana Turner, and the ‘imminence of nothingness’

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How We Freed Soviet Jewry

Twenty-five years ago today, a rally of 250,000 people changed the fate of Jews worldwide. An oral history.

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A 40-Year U.S. Embassy Crisis

The murders in Benghazi are the latest in a string of attacks on American diplomats to go unanswered by the U.S.

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The Cold War’s Arab Spring: How the Soviets Created Today’s Middle East

Stolen Kremlin records show how the Soviets, including Gorbachev, created many of today’s Middle East conflicts

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Et Tu, President Reagan?

Today on Tablet

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The Most Anti-Israel President

Obama has bullied the Jewish state more than any president in history, according to op-ed pages and partisans. They said the same about Reagan.

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The Narrows

Ben-Gurion repeatedly faced down crises by fearlessly rejecting retreat and useless compromise. Obama would do well to follow his model.

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Babies in the Corner

The mad popularity of Dirty Dancing explains Ronald Reagan’s ideological victory and the ongoing crisis of American politics

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Christian Wrong

Republicans are once again arguing that American Jews will abandon the Democratic Party. But it won’t happen, because Jews recoil from the GOP’s overt Christianity, even when it comes with staunch pro-Israel views.

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Snake Eyes

Newt Gingrich has long relied on the financial largesse of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a Republican Jewish Coalition leader. But now the money man is facing trouble, and that could be the former speaker’s undoing.

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What a Country

Twenty years after the fall of the USSR, the 1990s wave of Russian-Jewish immigrants is a reliably Republican voting bloc. But as their children assimilate, Russian Jews’ politics get harder to pin down.

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Monsters Breeding

The foiled Yemeni bomb plot shows why anti-Semitism isn’t only about Jews

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Premiership

A new book gives an insider’s assessment of four Israeli prime ministers—and Menachem Begin the voice he never had

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Visiting Privileges

As Netanyahu arrives in Washington a final Israeli-Palestinian agreement couldn’t be further away

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Executive Dish

Noshing at the White House, last month and through the years

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Smiling From The $50 Bill

The case for Ulysses S. Grant

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Daybreak: Iran-Ready Drones Debut

Plus Palestinian statehood en español et français, and more in the news

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Taxmen

A haftorah of payment and purity

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Dream of Fields

Notes from an “as-told-to” autobiography of a music legend