On this day in 1941, Germany declared war on the United States. This ended the period of British isolation on the Western Front memorialized by a song from The Kinks, “Mr. Churchill Says.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.