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Will the GOP Block Background Checks?

Is Congress on the verge of turning away from the lessons of the slaughter in Newtown even as Connecticut enacts sweeping laws to curb gun violence? Is the gun lobby hell-bent on aligning our country with such great friends of liberty as Iran, North Korea and Syria by opposing efforts to condition international gun sales on the human rights records of buyers?

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What Immigration Reform Could Mean for American Workers

Their agreement is very preliminary and hasn’t yet even been blessed by the so-called Gang of Eight senators working on immigration reform, but the mere fact that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue agreed on anything is remarkable. 

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The Great Afghan Corruption Scam

Washington has vociferously denounced Afghan corruption as a major obstacle to the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. But none of the relevant documents refer to the single most relevant fact: that the fraud and misconduct originates in Washington itself.

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Australians Told to Expect Worse Weather

Australia’s recent bought of fierce and frequent floods, fires and droughts is likely only to intensify, a report says, unless the world moves fast to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.

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AP/ISNA, Amin Khosroshahi

War With Iran: Nothing Is What It Seems

The war being promoted in the United States against Iran is (or would be) a war of aggression disguised, by but also to the leaders themselves, as a preventive war necessitated by threat.

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Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

To broker a great peace in the Middle East, the president will have to mollify both the center-left and the right in Israel, balance Israeli and Palestinian demands, march with Netanyahu up to the edge of war with Iran, calibrate the ratcheting up of sanctions on Iran, and prevent the Syrian civil war from spilling into Israel, all while maintaining order between the left and right at home.

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Warming ‘Increases Antarctic Ice’

The amount of ice in the Antarctic is increasing as the other end of the world melts apace, scientists say—a strange consequence of global warming.

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The President of Senegal Thinks Local

The nation’s communities and fisheries have bounced back over the last year with local fishermen seeing their catches increase.

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Testing on Humans

Never mind, data is good, data is great. It can’t hurt to give the tests, right? Oh, but it can, it really can.

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It Wasn’t David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

For all of the strident attacks on Stockman’s column, I have yet to read a serious critique of his most brazen claim.

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