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They Didn’t Know What They Were Getting Into

The last time I saw American soldiers in Afghanistan, they were silent. Knocked out by gunfire and explosions that left them grievously injured, as well as drugs, they were carried from medevac helicopters into a base hospital to be plugged into machines that would measure how much life they had left to save. They were bloody. They were missing pieces of themselves. They were quiet.

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Cosmic Rays Add Little to Climate Change

Cosmic rays and solar activity can account for only a very small part of global warming, researchers have found, rebutting a theory often advanced by climate deniers.

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The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism and the NRA

Perhaps seeing gun violence as part of the pattern of domestic terrorism will do more to move the needle on gun control.

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Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle East

The raids in Libya and Somalia last month, targeting an alleged al-Qaeda fugitive and an alleged kingpin of the al-Shabab Islamist movement, were less a sign of America’s awesome might than minor exceptions that proved an emerging rule: that the power, prestige, and influence of the United States in the broader Middle East and its ability to shape events there is in a death spiral.

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The Climate Gap Is Getting Wider

The promises made by governments to cut greenhouse gases are slipping steadily behind the scale of reductions the world needs in the next seven years, a U.N. report says.

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America Shifts Left

The center of gravity in American politics moved left in Tuesday’s off-year elections.

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Election 2013: A Grass-Roots Resurgence

The political chattering class is abuzz with Chris Christie as the GOP’s great hope to retake the White House in 2016. But they miss a vital and growing undercurrent in U.S. politics: grass-roots movements at the local and state level that are challenging the establishment, and winning.

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Obamacare’s 787 Moment

The problems of the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges will not be solved by a new round of outsourcing. Just ask Boeing.

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Reading ‘Goliath’: Inconvenient Truths

Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper.

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Discredited Economic Theory Holds Europe in Deflationary Thrall

Why there is such iron fidelity to neoliberal austerity in the contemporary community of official, semiofficial and even academic economists? It can’t be that it works. It doesn’t work.

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