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TSA Commissions Study of X-Ray Body Scanners

After months of congressional pressure, the Transportation Security Administration has agreed to contract with the National Academy of Sciences to explore the health effects of the agency’s X-ray body scanners.

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An All-American Nightmare

Torture can’t be disappeared like the body of a political prisoner, or conveniently deep-sixed simply by wishing it elsewhere or pretending it never happened or closing our bureaucratic eyes. After the fact, it can be dealt with only by staring directly into the nightmare that changed us—that, like it or not, helped make us who we now are.

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Don’t Be Afraid of NRA Bullies

Politicians are still terrified of the NRA, even though analysis shows that the organization’s power is greatly exaggerated.

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Global Governance at Heart of Failed Foreign Policies

The United States and the European Union remain impotent or irresolute observers of the most important issues of political “governance” of concern these days.

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Westboro Baptist Church’s Tax-Exempt Status Challenged

Despite its vitriolic activities and protests that are political in nature, the hate group Westboro Baptist Church has somehow managed to keep its IRS tax-exempt status. But after its publicly announced plans to picket the funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions hoping to change that.

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The War Against Teachers in Dark Times

It is ironic, in the unfolding nightmare in Newtown, Conn., that only in the midst of tragedy are teachers celebrated in ways that acknowledge the vital role they play every day in both protecting and educating our children. What is repressed in these moments is that teachers have been under attack by right-wing conservatives, religious fundamentalists and centrist Democrats since the beginning of the 1980s.

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Remember the Children

America’s children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society. Not only are we failing to protect them from deranged people wielding semiautomatic guns, but we’re also not protecting them from poverty.

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How the U.S. Intelligence Community Came Out of the Shadows

The Invisible Government, published by David Wise and Thomas B. Ross in 1964, was groundbreaking, shadow-removing, illuminating. It caused a fuss from its very first paragraph, which was then a shockeroo: “There are two governments in the United States today. One is visible. The other is invisible.”

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The Humanitarians Who Came In From the Cold

Russia is cracking down further on political dissent by requiring foreign humanitarian workers to register, more or less, as spies.

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First, Get Rid of the Guns

Politicians who are too craven or stupid or ideologically rigid to finally move forward on gun control will have the blood of future victims on their hands.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE


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