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FBI Suspected Irving Kristol of Soviet Ties

5-month investigation ultimately cleared neo-con giant

(Newser) - During the late 1980s, the father of neoconservatism—who is also the father of Fox News commentator and Weekly Standard boss Bill Kristol—was investigated by the FBI over possible contact with a suspected Soviet agent, Gawker finds in a study of FBI documents. The much-redacted documents suggest contact information... More »

Conservatives, Enough With the Nostalgia

Instead of whining about the past, build on the giants' work

(Newser) - Jonah Goldberg is tired of hearing the same lament from fellow conservatives (as well as liberal critics): Oh, for the "good old days" of conservatism, when we had esteemed giants such as William F. Buckley Jr. and Irving Kristol instead of Andrew Breitbart and company. It's nostalgic nonsense, Goldberg... More »

New Safires and Cronkites Needed, Not Ranters: Noonan

Time for the next generation of media elders to put the national debate on an even keel

(Newser) - Elder statesmen of the media like Walter Cronkite and William Safire are dropping at an alarming rate, and their replacements need to step up, writes Peggy Noonan. Ranters on the right and the left—like MSNBC's Ed Schultz, who says Republicans "want to see you dead"—are proliferating,... More »

Bill Kristol: Thanks, Dad

(Newser) - Bill Kristol remembers his late father as a man of a "deep modesty" who "loved intellectual pursuits but always shunned intellectual pretension." Irving Kristol, who died earlier this month at age 89, is generally regarded as the architect of neoconservatism, but the honors he accrued never gave... More »

Counterculture Made Kristol an Ex-Liberal

Fear of post-'60s 'moral crisis' spurred neocon's shift right

(Newser) - "Neoconservative" was originally a label applied to newly conservative ex-liberals and Irving Kristol, the late godfather of the movement, was among the first and finest of the kind, E. J. Dionne writes in the Washington Post. Kristol made a powerful case for "pragmatic liberalist" when he was still... More »

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