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Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.
 

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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill. According to the congressional record, it took only three congressmen and one second.
 
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ISIS—the New Israel

ISIS is employing the same brutal tactics used in the late 1940s to create the Jewish state. As the Zionist guerrillas did, it is swiftly and perhaps permanently redrawing the map of the Middle East.
 
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The Massachusetts senator sure won’t let big banks get away with the kind of blatant robbery other members of Congress seem perfectly happy to allow.

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on torture. Scheer says it calls into question whether there are “inalienable rights that human beings have by virtue of being human.” Also, Congress struggles with the year-end omnibus spending bill.

 
 
 
 
Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ as U.S. Unoficially Blames North Korea

Seth Rogen’s comedy about the fictional assassination of real-life North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un will not get its day in court, or theaters, as it were.

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New York State Bans Fracking

When natural gas companies first pressed into New York in 2008, state environmental regulators barely understood the process of “hydraulic fracturing.”

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Cuba and the U.S. Will ‘Normalize’ Relations and It’s About Damn Time

President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made simultaneous announcements Wednesday about a long overdue “new chapter” beginning between the two countries.

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Jon Stewart: Expectations of Congress Maybe Low, But the Budget Bill Is Not a Monumental Achievement

The “Daily Show” host is struggling to understand how so much “random stuff” ended up in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress recently passed.

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Greed Is a Paywall Blocking Human Knowledge

Journals like Science and other paid subscription sources should make their content available to the public for free.

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Microsoft Software Translates Skype Conversations in Real Time

It’s now possible to have a conversation in English and Spanish on Skype without having to hire an interpreter; the Rolling Stone writer continues to research her controversial story on UVA students; meanwhile, former Sen. Mark Udall revealed a “smoking gun” regarding the CIA torture report but no one seems to have noticed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored

A top official in the New York State Comptroller’s Office has urged regulators to require more transparency on charter-school finances. The response has been, well, nonexistent.

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Problems Pakistani Politics Has to Resolve After Grisly Peshawar School Attack

Pakistan politics has been mired in stagnation for some time now.

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Jeb Bush Is One Step Closer to Becoming President Bush III

About that retro-’90s notion that the 2016 presidential race could come down to a Bush versus a Clinton—well, it really could happen.

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How Terrorists Justify Killing 132 Children

The Pakistan Taliban took credit for a hideous attack Tuesday on a school in Peshawar that killed at least 141 people, mostly children.

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America Didn’t Just Prosecute Torturers, We Executed Them

In 1946, the judges of Nuremberg ordered that high-ranking war criminals—the people who had ordered that the gloves be taken off—should be hanged until dead.

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Sony Hackers Warn of 9/11-Style Attack on Theaters That Show ‘The Interview’

Whoever is actually behind the devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment knows how to play to the public’s imagination on the same super-sized scale as their targets in the film industry do for a living.

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Stephen Colbert: No One’s Going to Pay Me to Watch Bill O’Reilly Anymore, So Fuck That Noise

As the “Colbert Report” films its last few episodes, host Stephen Colbert comes to a startling realization: He’s going to miss Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly. Watch as the comedian pokes his final holes in O’Reilly’s defense of unjustifiable, immoral acts such as CIA torture.

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Desperate Pakistani Taliban Attack Army School in Peshawar and Take Large Casualties

On Tuesday, six members of the Movement of Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP) invaded a school for children run by the Pakistani army in Peshawar.

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What Will the Widespread Use of Drones Mean for Journalism?

Having so many drones flying around may have “serious implications” for journalists and researchers; India named its first “yoga czar”; meanwhile, a Fox News interview shows the holes in Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA torture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Enter the Dragon: China Offers Iraq Aerial Strikes on Islamic State

The list of powers eager to see Islamic State defeated grew larger this weekend with a report that China would intervene against IS from the air.

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Can the Keystone XL Pipeline Really Make Any Money?

Supporters of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline may have to face the reality that the project cannot generate the revenue it needs to be profitable.

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The Price of ‘The Interview’

It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy “The Interview.” At this point, I’m guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.

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Obama’s Boehner Bailout

How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?

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The New Republic: The Bad and the Good

As the aftermath of the staff departures at The New Republic continues, the veteran journalist who exposed the Iran Contra affair in the 1980s recalls the magazine’s deadly tradition of cheerleading for empire, while Salon columnist Tom Frank admits it published some “pretty damn good” writing shortly before it came apart at the hands of its new owner.

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