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The Afghan Bag Man

The foiled arrest that explains America’s failure in Afghanistan.

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Saving Hugo Chávez

The United States never tried to kill the late Venezuelan leader. In fact, we may have even saved his life.

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A Personal History, An American History

How one Marine's diary helps us understand the Iraq war.

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Who Shot A.A.?

Mauritanians are still wondering who fired a gun at their country’s president. What the latest whodunit tells us about the state of democracy in a strategic corner of West Africa.

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The Hot Seat

What you need to know about Benghazi going into this week's congressional hearings.

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It Ain’t 1979 Anymore

Why this week's attacks on American embassies aren't the Iran hostage crisis all over again.

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What Was at Stake in 1962?

A closer look at the nuclear stockpiles of the world's two superpowers as the Cuban Missile Crisis began.

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Mexican Roulette

A deadly gun-running gamble just cost America's ATF chief his job. But the gun lobby gave him little choice but to try.

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The Bad Boy Makes Good

What Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly, Haiti's pop star turned president, learned from a lifetime in music.

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What Would Marx Say about Cairo?

History repeats itself -- revolutions even more so.

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