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'The Post' review: To stop, or not to stop, the presses?

'The Post' review: To stop, or not to stop, the presses?

My favorite moment in director Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” hinges on Meryl Streep’s delivery of the word “however.”

It’s late in the film. Katharine Graham, The Washington Post’s publisher and company president, finds herself surrounded by the usual clutch of tense, murmuring male advisers behind closed doors.

She must decide whether to defy Richard Nixon’s White House and risk possible incarceration by printing the first of many stories, in the wake of The New York Times’ groundbreaking and court-challenged coverage, about the massive classified report on the secrets and lies propping up the Vietnam War. The report was commissioned by Graham’s good friend, U.S. Defense...

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