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  1. DANIEL GIFFORD: Were postcards America's first social media?

    Saturday, Dec 20 2014 11:01 PM

    My great-grandmother, who was born in the 1880s, passed away when I was about 11 years old. As we cleaned out her house in rural Missouri, there was something special waiting: two boxes brimming with postcards--variously embossed, gilded, tinseled, and extravagantly colored. They were greetings for birthdays and anniversaries, tokens of affection and romantic overture, and happy returns for every holiday on the calendar. Christmas, especially.

    I didn't realize it at the time, but my great-grandmother's collection would give me a window into the desires--and anxieties--of a world I would only later come to understand and appreciate as I pursued my doctorate in American history. It turns out there was a good reason my ancestor had piles of...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: US shouldn't overreact to Sony cyberattack

    Like so many Hollywood movies, North Korea's offensive against Sony Pictures Entertainment could end badly -- which is why U.S. officials have to be careful not to overreact. Theater companies have already succumbed to threats of...

  3. ESTHER CEPEDA: Our American Dream that never fades

    There was a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song that came out in 1988 called "American Dream." It had a catchy tune but as a 14-year-old, I recoiled from it because it was so negative. "You wake up in the middle of the night. Your...

  4. DANA MILBANK: Marco Rubio's fury over Obama's Cuba shift

    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the Republican Party's point man on Cuba, seemed to be struggling to contain his fury as he responded to President Obama's move Wednesday to normalize relations with the Cold War foe. The Cuban-American...

  5. MICHAEL GERSON: It's a global conspiracy of health

    In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the...

  6. OTHER VIEWS: Castro regime gets new lease on life from US

    The outlook for the Castro regime in Cuba was recently growing steadily darker. The modest reforms it adopted in recent years to improve abysmal economic conditions had stalled, due to its refusal to allow Cubans greater freedoms. Worse,...

  7. DANA MILBANK: Godmother to a new populism

    After Elizabeth Warren and Ted Cruz attacked the 2015 spending agreement in the Senate last week from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Washington engaged in a little parlor game: Is Warren the Cruz of the left? Though there are...

  8. OTHER VIEWS: Putting pressure on extremists badly needed

    Pakistan's army chief warned his senior commanders just last Friday to be on guard for a major attack by Taliban extremists, and for good reason: In the past six months the army has conducted an aggressive campaign against militants based...

  9. OTHER VIEWS: Spending bill is a modest achievement

    Both houses of Congress have voted to send the $1.1 trillion "Cromnibus" spending bill to President Obama, and the president has promised to sign the measure, though it's not an easy creature to like. The massive bill represents a...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: How to handle the ascent of drone fever

    The potential for unmanned aircraft -- also known as drones -- to make life easier is tantalizing, eliciting images of tiny package-delivery devices zipping around town so UPS trucks wouldn't have to. On the other hand, as The Post's Craig...

  11. CHARLES HAYNES: Religious freedom needed for lasting peace

    On Dec. 10, 1948, the nations of the world gathered at the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights, an American-inspired proclamation that launched the modern human rights movement. Voting in the shadow of the...

  12. DANA MILBANK: Salty language in politics is now becoming routine

    "The report is full of crap."Thus spake Dick Cheney, on Fox News last week, when talking about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture that occurred during his vice presidency. The line might have been funny, if Cheney were...

  13. ESTHER CEPEDA: The impact of trade and immigration

    There has always been a philosophical divide about how best to educate the public on the causes and potential solutions to mass migration to the United States: through the heartstrings or through the wallet. Lately, the plight of families...

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