Jonathan Rauch

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Commentary / World Jul 11, 2012

Can Obama avoid losing like Jimmy Carter?

At this point in 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter was on the path to oblivion but didn't know it. President Barack Obama may share Carter's fate if he doesn't change course soon. The 1980 presidential race was neck and neck until the end. It ...

Commentary / World May 16, 2012

Putting to rest five myths about gay marriage

U.S. President Barack Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage last Wednesday. Yet, only a day earlier, voters in North Carolina had approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage and other domestic-partner arrangements — even though a majority told pollsters that they favored ...