Five myths about presidential vacations

Even when President Obama is on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, he still has to attend to the duties of the Oval Office. Lawrence Knutson, author of “Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations,” gives a look back at the origin of...
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The coming disintegration of Iraq

Iraq has experienced civil strife and sectarian violence since 2003, when this cemetery worker in Baghdad returned a casket to storage, to be used again. (Yuri Kozyrev/Yuri Kozyrev /NOOR/Redux) By Joel Rayburn August 15 at 3:54 PM Army Col. Joel Rayburn, a senior research fellow...
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The coming disintegration of Iraq

Iraq has experienced civil strife and sectarian violence since 2003, when this cemetery worker in Baghdad returned a casket to storage, to be used again. (Yuri Kozyrev/Yuri Kozyrev /NOOR/Redux) By Joel Rayburn August 15 at 3:54 PM Army Col. Joel Rayburn, a senior research fellow...
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Who had the worst week in Washington? David Gregory.

David Gregory, left, speaks with Tom Brokaw during a 2008 taping of “Meet the Press” at the NBC studios in Washington, D.C. Starting Sept. 7, Chuck Todd will take over as moderator of “Meet the Press.” (Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press) By Chris Cillizza Reporter August...
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Who had the worst week in Washington? David Gregory.

David Gregory, left, speaks with Tom Brokaw during a 2008 taping of “Meet the Press” at the NBC studios in Washington, D.C. Starting Sept. 7, Chuck Todd will take over as moderator of “Meet the Press.” (Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press) By Chris Cillizza Reporter August...
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Book review: ‘Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir,’ by Robert Timberg

By Matt Gallagher August 15 at 5:05 PM In “The Best and the Brightest,” David Halberstam’s classic account of the origins of the Vietnam War, the author recounts a 1961 conversation between Vice President-elect Lyndon Johnson and Sam Rayburn, the speaker of the House....
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Book review: ‘The End of Absence,’ what’s lost in a connected world by Michael Harris

A woman looks at a smartphone as she sits in a cafe in Beijing. (ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images) By Lisa Zeidner August 15 at 4:47 PM On a recent panel about the creative process, several writers of a certain age were reminiscing about the Olden Days, when we penned first drafts...
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Milbank: Gen. Harold Greene’s funeral is a fitting coda to a dozen years of war

Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in combat since Vietnam, was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The two-star general was killed last week in Afghanistan. (AP) By Dana Milbank Opinion writer August 15 at 11:07 AM I’ve...
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Book review: ‘Bird Dream,’ the extremes of human flight by Matt Higgins

By Tom Crouch August 15 at 12:51 PM In “Bird Dream,” Matt Higgins offers an engrossing account of the men and women who pursue the most dangerous recreational activity imaginable, one in which a razor-thin line separates success from failure, life from death. He begins with the...
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Yardley: ‘When Britain Burned the White House’ by BBC correspondent Peter Snow

By Jonathan Yardley August 15 at 12:58 PM Of all the wars this country has fought, the War of 1812 is probably the least known among the general populace. It was, as Peter Snow writes in this excellent account of its climactic engagements, “thankless and unproductive,” fought by...