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White House/Pete Souza

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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Cultures of Violence in the Age of Casino Capitalism

As the visibility of extreme violence is endlessly reproduced in various cultural apparatuses and screen cultures, it functions increasingly, alongside a range of other economic and political forces, to legitimate a culture of cruelty and disposability in everyday life.

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Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

Perfectly serious scientists suggest climate change isn’t just really, really bad; it’s catastrophic. Some even think that if the record ongoing releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere are aided and abetted by massive releases of methane, life as we humans have known it might be at an end on this planet.

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A Little Closer to Hydrogen Fuel

Hopes that the production of commercial quantities of hydrogen might be possible by mid-century have risen after French scientists discovered how to make small amounts of the gas quickly and easily.

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The GOP’s Fight Has Just Begun

The Republican civil war, like all civil wars, is even messier than it looks.

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