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Following Abuses, Medicare Tightens Reins on Its Drug Program

Medicare gives itself the power to ban physicians if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a series of articles by ProPublica documenting inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud in its popular drug program.

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Sunnis Big Losers in Iraq Elections; PM Maliki Has Largest Party

The results of the Iraqi parliamentary elections are in, and everybody lost.

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The Sterling Interview Trumps the Tape

Donald Sterling’s interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper served only to confirm the vile racism and vicious personal attacks heard in his private remarks.

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Second Libyan Upheaval, This Time Against Political Islam, Extremist Militias

In Benghazi on Monday morning, fighting resumed between the “Libyan National Army” forces of Col. Khalifa Hafter and fundamentalist extremists.

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What’s the Point of a Source Protection Law That Wouldn’t Protect Chelsea Manning or Edward Snowden?

Laws are bad when they don’t do what they are meant to and even worse when they cause harm instead.

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GOP Holds Hearings but in the Real Benghazi a Retired Colonel Is Bombarding Extremists

As congressional Republicans prepare to have yet another round of investigations into the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it is hard to see any concrete steps they have taken to forestall such calamities going forward.

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The Birth of a Eurasian Century

A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass—at the expense of the United States.

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Reefs Merit Protection Money

Restoring threatened reefs that protect about 200 million people in coastal communities would cost 20 times less than building artificial breakwaters to reduce the effect of pounding waves, scientists calculate.

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They Can’t Outlaw the Revolution

Cecily McMillan could get up to seven years on her conviction of hitting a plainclothes policeman who grabbed her in Zuccotti Park. The persecution of the Occupy activist has become emblematic of the state’s use of the courts to criminalize nonviolent dissent and try to crush new mass movements.

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Are Public Banks Unconstitutional? No. Are Private Banks? Maybe

The movement to break away from Wall Street and form publicly owned banks continues to gain momentum. But enthusiasts are deterred by claims that a state-owned bank would violate constitutional prohibitions against “lending the credit of the state.”

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