Linton Weeks en How About You Be The Decider You think you're so smart. You think it's easy being the president of the United States. OK, pal — here's your chance.<p>One of the attractions of the new <a href="">George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Dallas — scheduled to be dedicated on Thursday — is Decision Points Theater, an interactive experience. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:31:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 30968 at How About You Be The Decider What Boston Means To America As a city, Boston is at the crux of this country's past, present and future.<p>This was brought home on April 15 — Tax Day, Patriots Day, Marathon Day — when two deadly bombs exploded on historic Boylston Street near the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon.<p>The tragic blasts occurred so close to the Boston Public Library that the building — home to the personal book collection of Founding Father John Adams — is included in the crime scene.<p>The bombs struck at the very heart of the heart of America.<p>Perhaps as much as any place in the country, Boston is an anchor threa Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:56:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 30694 at What Boston Means To America A Brief History Of Secret Recordings Secret recordings are becoming a tradition in American politics.<p>Like buttons, bunting and backslapping at barbecues, surreptitious audio and/or video surprises continue to pop up in political settings — with more and more frequency.<p>The latest is an unauthorized recording of a tough-talking strategy session held by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and his 2014 re-election campaign staffers. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:01:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 30549 at A Brief History Of Secret Recordings The First Gun In America Guns and America were born around the same time and grew up together. Like feuding cousins, their histories have been linked ever since.<p>Often helpful in American history — and often harmful — the portable gun has been inarguably influential in the national direction. The American Revolution would not have been won without guns. Precious lives at numerous school shootings would not have been lost without guns. Sat, 06 Apr 2013 16:56:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 30238 at The First Gun In America Maybe We Should Retire The Word 'Retire' Retirement ads are everywhere these days. The Villages <a href="">lures retirees</a> to come live, love and golf in Florida. USAA <a href="">offers financial counsel</a> to retiring military personnel. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 29877 at Maybe We Should Retire The Word 'Retire' The Bush Family Checklist And the Bushes just keep on coming.<p>In recent memory, there was George H.W. Bush, 41st<sup></sup> president of the United States. Then there was George W. Bush, 43rd<sup></sup> president. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 17:03:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 29353 at The Bush Family Checklist An Age-Old Problem: Who Is 'Elderly'? When exactly does someone become elderly?<p>A recent <em>New York Times</em> <a href="">story</a> calls a 69-year-old woman elderly. <em>Philadelphia Metro</em> <a href="">considers</a> 70 to be elderly. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:08:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 29292 at V Reasons To Love Roman Numerals Pope Benedict XVI has left the Vatican.<p>Love the Catholic Church or not, you have to admit the Roman numerals following a pope's name are distinctive. They set the pope apart from the rest of humankind. (As if he needs it.)<p>Roman numerals always stand out. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:42:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 28761 at V Reasons To Love Roman Numerals 5...4...3...2...1... We Have Sequestration Only a few more hours until the sequestration is scheduled to kick in. You can feel the tension. The anxiety. The pre-panic attack.<p>On Wednesday, a dank and dire dread hangs in the air like malware. "Countdown to Budget Crisis," reads the <em>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</em> headline. "Sequestration Is Two Days Away," a CBS affiliate <a href="">reports</a>. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 28644 at 5...4...3...2...1... We Have Sequestration It's A Trap! 4 Possible Presidential Pitfalls You are Barack Obama and you find yourself hacking away in the weeds of sequestration — and some frustration. What's going on?<p>After all, you won a second term as President of the United States. You withstood the hooks and slices of a nasty campaign. Your <a href="">approval rating</a> is on the rise. Over President's Day weekend you played golf with Tiger Woods. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:27:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 28573 at It's A Trap! 4 Possible Presidential Pitfalls