The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a fitting conclusion to Jackson’s six-movie Tolkien extravaganza. Where Jackson faltered from time to time in trying to capture the magisterial sweep of Tolkien’s grand saga of Middle Earth and the Ring of Power, The Battle of Five Armies very seldom falls short of Tolkien’s standard.
Tufts University political scientist Michael Glennon explains why American foreign policy and much American policy never seem to change, no matter who occupies the White House and Congress.
The Communist Manifesto once shocked American readers with its version of radical socialism, called communism. Now, it’s nearing complete implementation in America.
With the narrative of Bowe Bergdahl, the American POW from Idaho held by the Taliban for five years, changing by the hour, it is perhaps premature to pass judgment on the actions of the recently freed soldier or on the Obama administration’s actions to secure his release. Here are a few of the facts and relevant issues as we currently understand them.
Notwithstanding the very real technological advances that Americans use for their benefit, the standard of living for America’s middle class has been declining for decades.
It’s impossible to surmise what J. R. R. Tolkien’s shade might think about the latest big screen adaptation of his fantasy corpus set in a fictional Middle Earth of elves, hobbits, orcs, and rings of power. But New Zealand director Peter Jackson’s latest cinematic tour de force, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is undeniably a very different story than its simple, warm-hearted literary source material.
The Federal Government made $41.3 billion on its subsidized student-loan program in fiscal 2013. Or did it? It has been argued that if more realistic accounting methods were applied to the student loan situation, the government would post significant losses over the long term instead of the claimed profits.