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Capitalism-vs.-Socialism Debate Erupts in China

Amid China’s explosive market-driven growth over the past decade, it’s sometimes hard to remember that it is technically a communist country. A dispute over property rights has brought the issue to the fore.
Truthdig’s Orville Schell examined this schism here.

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Chile Inaugurates First Female President

A role model for Hillary—Chile’s new leader is a political trailblazer.

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Big Bucks Being Made on Cancer Pain

The New York Times brings us another example of how those drug companies that the president loves so much are ripping off the elderly.

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Former Top Bush Aide Accused of Refund Scam

The president’s former top domestic policy aide allegedly tried to swindle Target and Hecht’s stores out of more than $5,000. He resigned last month, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family. (In some parts of the world, that’s called a lie.)
This is the guy LA Weekly called “a notorious homophobe, a ferocious enemy of abortion and an opponent of safe-sex education.”

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Symbol of Abu Ghraib Seeks to Spare Others His Nightmare

The photo of him in a hood, arms outspread and with electrical wires trailing from his body became the definitive image of the prison abuse scandal.
He is now heading up a prisoners’ rights organization.

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O’Connor Warns Against ‘Beginnings’ of Dictatorship

“It takes a lot of degeneration before a country falls into dictatorship, but we should avoid these ends by avoiding these beginnings,” former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told a Georgetown audience, according to an NPR report. (Hat tip: Huff Po)

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Death Urged For Yemeni Editor in Cartoons Case

Just when we thought the Muhammad cartoon-related madness had faded….

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Abu Ghraib Closing? Don’t Cheer Just Yet

Some sources are reporting that the U.S. has decided to close the notorious prison and transfer its prisoners elsewhere, but don’t celebrate just yet: The seeds for future abuse are already well sown.

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Report: Tax Cuts Don’t Pay for Themselves

A nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank concludes: “the tax cuts have not paid for themselves, recent economic growth and revenue growth have not been particularly strong, and revenues remain lower than had been predicted before the tax cuts were enacted.”

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Colbert Gives Us the Word on the War

Stephen Colbert continues to gain ground on Jon Stewart with his blistering satires of U.S. policy. This time he riffs on a new name that the Pentagon is using for the war on terror.

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