"Right and left; the hothouse and the street. The Right can only live and work hermetically, in the hothouse of the past, while outside the Left prosecute their affairs in the streets manipulated by mob violence. And cannot live but in the dreamscape of the future."

-Thomas Pynchon, V.

With respect to foreign policy and the military, what have the candidates not been talking about?

With tonight’s presidential debate in mind, Thomas E. Ricks (Fiasco, The Gamble, The Generals) talks to Steve Inskeep on “Morning Edition" about Obama and Romney’s defense plans, and the cognitive dissonance between what the candidates say the military wants and what the military itself has requested.

We’re hosting a live discussion of the Presidential Debate at Reuters.com immediately afterward via Google Hangout. Join us!
The roundtable will be hosted by Chrystia Freeland, author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, Pulitzer Prize-winner Dan Yergin, author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, and David Nasaw, bestselling author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.
(In other words, an expert on income inequality, an expert on energy, and a biographer of cultural history.)

We’re hosting a live discussion of the Presidential Debate at Reuters.com immediately afterward via Google Hangout. Join us!

The roundtable will be hosted by Chrystia Freeland, author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, Pulitzer Prize-winner Dan Yergin, author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, and David Nasaw, bestselling author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.


(In other words, an expert on income inequality, an expert on energy, and a biographer of cultural history.)

Our Google Hangout with Reuters is live! Featuring Chrystia Freeland, Daniel Yergin, and David Nasaw.

Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland will host the discussion. Freeland is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. You may have also seen her amazing New Yorker piece on the 1% this week.

She will be joined by David Nasaw, award-winning author of the bestseller Andrew Carnegie and November’s The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy. Nasaw will provide a historian’s perspective on the cultural and political forces shaping the election.

The roundtable will also include Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin, the globally recognized expert on energy and author of the New York Times bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed him on China, the U.S. oil boom, and what to expect in 2013.

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Announcing! The Presidential Debate Roundtable,
presented by Reuters and the Penguin Press

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off from 9:30-10:30pm EST on Wednesday. Immediately following the debate, join us at 10:40pm for a live Google Hangout with a panel of award-winning authors. (Or, we suppose, you could watch a bunch of pundits analyze their performance.)

We’ll answer questions like: Did Obama sufficiently address income inequality? What would the future of energy look like in a Romney administration? How does the political moment differ from previous elections?

Reuters Global Editor-at-Large Chrystia Freeland will host the discussion. Freeland is the author of Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else. You may have also seen her amazing New Yorker piece on the 1% this week.

She will be joined by David Nasaw, award-winning author of the bestseller Andrew Carnegie and November’s The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy. Nasaw will provide a historian’s perspective on the cultural and political forces shaping the election.

The roundtable will also include Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Yergin, the globally recognized expert on energy and author of the New York Times bestseller The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World. The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed him on China, the U.S. oil boom, and what to expect in 2013.

We hope you’ll join us Wednesday evening. You don’t need to sign up, donate, or register. Simply visit Reuters.com after the Presidential Debate.

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President Barack Obama will visit 1 World Trade Center on Thursday for a preview of the topping-out ceremony. Take a look back at the construction of the city’s tallest building with our virtual tour.

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President Barack Obama will visit 1 World Trade Center on Thursday for a preview of the topping-out ceremony. Take a look back at the construction of the city’s tallest building with our virtual tour.

"President Obama has now shattered any doubt about the administration’s commitment to achieving fully equal civil rights for the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community. No shades of gray. No politically sculpted safe place for the President to endorse same sex civil unions over marriages. No separate but equal. None of that any more."

With Gay Marriage Endorsement, Obama Says ‘Bring It On’ (via theatlantic)

This turned out to be quite a great day.

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