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The Way Forward on Guns

Victories often contain the seeds of future defeats. So it is—or at least should be—with the Senate’s morally reprehensible rejection of expanded background checks for gun buyers.

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He Is Comfortable With Bush’s Inferno

On April 25, George W. Bush will bask in the fawning media sunlight of his presidential library and museum. The devastated people of Iraq and the soldiers of America, sent to kill and die in Bush’s illegal, boomeranging war, may have some exhibits, pictures and artifacts to suggest for the museum’s collection.

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The Designation of an Enemy Combatant and Racism

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain have demanded that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev be charged as an “enemy combatant” rather than as an American civilian. I have to ask whether their use of the term is racist.

Posted on Apr 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Tom Engelhardt

At least three times a week, there is one place online where readers can go for the most comprehensive coverage possible of the workings of American Empire.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Protecting the ‘Second Amendment Rights’ of Thugs and Terrorists

The gun lobby and its legislative servants are “soft on crime”—although they routinely pretend to be tough on criminals.

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Catastrophe and the Value of Silence

After an explosion like those in Boston, it is indeed hard to hear one’s own internal monologue, much less meditate on such horrific events.

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CNN Fail: Imaginary ‘Dark Males,’ ‘Accents’ and ‘Arrests’

Between about 1 p.m. and 2:40 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, the CNN news team was at the worst I’ve ever seen it.

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Take, Don’t Make!

How did two hedge funds that have fewer than 100 employees each make as much money as Apple Inc., which relies on the hard work of its nearly 30,000 U.S. employees and an additional 700,000 workers and contractors globally?

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Alters Global Vegetation

Changes in the world’s vegetation over the last 30 years—including the destruction of rain forests—have been caused more by climate change than direct human activity, researchers say.

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House of Horrors

Since the Newtown massacre, visions of crazy mass killers and armed strangers in the night have colonized the American mind. But the danger out there is both more mundane and more terrible: You’re more likely to be hurt or killed by someone you know or love. And it would probably happen at home.

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