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The House of Cards Hypothesis: Why the British Get Washington Better Than Hollywood Does

There are advantages to having your political and cultural capitals in the same city.

Yes, the British are coming. And they’ve already taken over the capital—at least on TV.

Shows and films set in Washington have undergone a dramatic revolution. Gone are the starry-eyed days of The West Wing and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. In are the Machiavellian intrigues on House of Cards, the blundering characters on Veep, and the scandals on, well, Scandal. This shift reflects the viewing habits of a more disillusioned American public as well as the sensibilities of millennials (the Girls generation doesn’t do feel-good).

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Culture

The Boardroom and the Bedroom

How both dating and finance have been screwed by the Internet.

Your parents dated the way Warren Buffett picks a stock: a close review of the prospectus over dinner, careful analysis of long-term growth potential, detailed real asset evaluation.

Sure, the old economy dating market in which they participated had the occasional speculative frenzy: Woodstock, V-E day, whatever went on at Studio 54. My parents met during spring break. In Florida.

But love and its compounding interests were usually pursued with appropriate due diligence.

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Politics

How the Arab Spring Exposed the Limits of American Power

Our policies must demonstrate renewed competence and coherence.

When it comes to Revolutions, timing may be everything. The Middle East has now endured four years of uprisings with no peaceful end in sight, in part because it had the historical misfortune of entering a revolutionary moment at the same time that the U.S. — and the wider Western world — was marked by its own profound period of political and economic dysfunction.

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International Affairs

A Passover to remember — for Egypt

Sundown Friday marks the beginning of Passover, the commemoration of the Jews’ emancipation from enslavement in ancient Egypt.

This year Passover falls on a day of enormous significance in the struggle for freedom in modern Egypt — April 6. That date is synonymous with the April 6 Youth Movement — formed in 2008 and named for the date of a planned strike to support Egyptian workers — that became the backbone of last year’s Tahrir revolution that toppled Egypt’s most recent pharaoh, Hosni Mubarak.

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The Boardroom and the Bedroom

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The House of Cards Hypothesis: Why the British Get Washington Better Than Hollywood Does

There are advantages to having your political and cultural capitals in the same city. Yes, the British are coming. And they’ve already taken over the capital—at least on TV....

How the Arab Spring Exposed the Limits of American Power

Our policies must demonstrate renewed competence and coherence. When it comes to Revolutions, timing may be everything. The Middle East has now endured four years of uprisings with no...

A Passover to remember -- for Egypt

Sundown Friday marks the beginning of Passover, the commemoration of the Jews’ emancipation from enslavement in ancient Egypt. This year Passover falls on a day of enormous significance in...