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Protesters Dispute SodaStream Company’s Claims

SodaStream has marketed itself as being beneficial to the Palestinian economy, but demonstrators take issue with that assertion.

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Why We Need an Investment Budget

Part of the president’s State of the Union message and a portion of his second term agenda apparently will focus on public investments in education, infrastructure and basic R&D. That’s good news. But how do we fund these investments when discretionary spending is being cut to the bone in order to reduce the budget deficit?

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Thawing Tundra Threat to Frozen Carbon

The melting of Arctic ice frozen for many thousands or even millions of years is speeding up a potential route for carbon frozen deep below ground level to seep into the atmosphere.

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A Presidential Decision That Could Change the World

In the near future, President Obama is expected to give construction on the Keystone XL pipeline a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down. The decision he makes could determine the fate of the Canadian tar-sands industry and, with it, the future well-being of the planet. If that sounds overly dramatic, let me explain.

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Dispatches From Cairo: Bragging About Gang Rape

He couldn’t have been more than 19. His clothes were cheap and his sparse yet unshaven facial hair was indistinguishable from the dirt on his cheeks. He was with another kid on the other side of a kiosk and couldn’t see that I was listening.

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Has Obama Kept His Open-Government Pledge?

After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency. Four years later, did the president keep his promise?

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Pope Benedict XVI
Fabio Pozzebom / Agencia Brasil

The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict’s resignation shouldn’t have surprised us as much as it did. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth in a sinful world, he would worry a great deal about the impact of his own infirmities on the institution’s capacity to thrive.

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AP / Saul Loeb

Coming Tuesday (Hopefully): The State of the Union’s Economy

The President should make it clear that any Republican effort to hold the nation hostage to the GOP’s ideological fixation on the budget deficit and a smaller government will slow the economy, likely pushing us into another recession. And that those most imperiled are the middle class and the poor.

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The NDAA and the Death of the Democratic State

The courts will now decide if we will fatally damage our democracy and become a military state or protect what is left of our rights as citizens.

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Nothing Self-Made About Me

I disagreed with former President George W. Bush on many things. But on one issue, I admired him greatly: He was wise enough to marry a teacher and a librarian.

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