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‘Bride and Boom!’

The headline was spectacular, if you think killing people in distant lands is a blast and a half. Of course, you have to imagine that smirk line in giant black letters with a monstrous exclamation point covering most of the bottom third of the front page of the Murdoch-owned New York Post.

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West Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Up

Scientists believe the West Antarctic is losing ice much faster than just a few years ago, although more accurate measurements may be responsible.

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Who Is Really Waging War on Christmas? Look in the Mirror, Scrooges

Just in time for the birthday of baby Jesus, conservatives are cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits. And they insist with breezy heartlessness that it’s all for the benefit of the poor.

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Making the Right Call on NSA

Blue-ribbon panels are often toothless and useless.

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Happy New Year, Mr. President

It’s been a rough year for the president, but history will put things in better perspective.

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Edward Snowden Is the Whistle-Blower of the Year

For months, a debate over Edward Snowden’s status has raged. In the back and forth, one question about this icon who disclosed NSA abuses has dominated: Is he or is he not a whistle-blower with all the attendant protections that should come with such a designation?

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The Solid Nonpareil

Laughter was Mark Twain’s stock in trade, and for 30 years as bestselling author and star attraction on America’s late-nineteenth-century lecture stage, he produced it in sufficient quantity to make bearable the acquaintance with grief that he knew to be generously distributed among all present in the Boston Lyceum or a Tennessee saloon.

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Climate Change Adds to East Africa’s Food Plight

Climate change poses a serious threat to farming in East Africa, a region that depends on agriculture and whose population is growing very fast.

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Collapse of the Eighth Continent: Shangri-La Meets Global Capitalism

Madagascar’s graceful society and unique natural wonders developed over thousands of years; it has taken less than a decade to put it all on life support.

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Judge Richard Leon’s Anti-NSA Ruling May Not Be All You Think It Is

I don’t want to throw a wet blanket on the celebration, but at least two cautions are warranted about federal Judge Richard Leon’s surprising opinion declaring that the NSA’s telephone metadata program likely violates the Fourth Amendment.

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