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Robin Hood in Reverse

The internal American debate may be said to center around how much to rob the poor, and how much to enrich the rich.

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Something to Squawk About

The truth is that Democrats have made clear they are open to a compromise deal on budget cuts and revenue increases. Republicans have made clear they are not.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Extremely Unctuous

To listen to the bloviators, “religious extremist” means Muslim, and too many Americans buy in without understanding that this “God is (only) on our side” nonsense infects elements in pretty much every belief system.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE


The Death Penalty and the Costs of an Obsession

The unseemly love affair of some American politicians with the death penalty is bad for justice and bad for our country’s standing in the world. It inflicts a wholly unnecessary moral stain on a nation that rightly preaches the rule of law to everyone else.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Raw Deal?

Suddenly Republican leaders in Congress, after months of staring down the Democrats over a potentially disastrous debt default, began blinking so fast that they might have been signaling in Morse code.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Carlos Montes and the Security State: A Cautionary Tale

Poor urban neighborhoods have already learned what is only dimly being understood by the rest of us—in the eyes of the state we are increasingly no longer citizens with constitutional rights but enemy combatants.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


The Finland Phenomenon

When I heard the news last week that the Department of Education is aiming to subject 4-year-olds to high-stakes testing, all I could do was shake my head in disbelief.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


Making a Progressive Case

Do progressives care about reducing the national debt? Of course they do, no matter what the White House might believe.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Welcome Back to the Egyptian Revolution

This morning before dawn, the tents and blockades were up: The people had been gathering since the previous night, preparing for a long stay.

Posted on Jul 8, 2011 READ MORE



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New China Will Be Red and Expert

Even in the midst of economic expansion, China is far from a model of unbridled capitalism.

Posted on Jul 6, 2011 READ MORE


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