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The Politics of Sight

Would Americans eat less meat, and would animals be treated more humanely, if slaughterhouses were made with glass walls and we all could see the monstrous killing apparatus at work?

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Will GOP Exploit Secret Service and GSA Scandals?

Concerned as President Obama must be over the unfolding embarrassments in the Secret Service and the General Services Administration, he may actually be comforted by the feeble attempts of a few politicians to wring political profit from those scandals.

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In Fallujah, a Hospital of Horrors

All at once, Nadhem Shokr al-Hadidi’s administration office becomes a little chamber of horrors. A baby with a hugely deformed mouth. A child with a defect of the spinal cord, material from the spine outside the body. A baby with a terrible, vast Cyclopean eye. Another baby with only half a head, stillborn like the rest.

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Broadcasters’ Last-Ditch Push to Hide Political Ad Data

With the FCC set to vote Friday on whether to require broadcasters to post political ad data online, the industry has been scrambling to water down the proposed rule.

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A History of the World, BRIC by BRIC

Here’s the multi-trillion dollar question: Does the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as economic powers signal that we have truly entered a new multipolar world?

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Halfway Through the Lost Decade

Does anyone care that the economy is floundering and that we are not getting out of this crisis anytime soon?

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE


Romney’s Magical Capitalism

It turns out that there is at least one question on which Mitt Romney is not a flip-flopper: He has a Utopian view of what an unfettered, lightly taxed market economy can achieve.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Rodney King Reflects on 20th Anniversary of L.A. Riots

Lucky is not exactly the word one would use to describe someone whose videotaped beating, and the subsequent acquittal of the officers accused of beating him, touched off one of the worst urban riots in American history. But 20 years later, that’s exactly the word Rodney King, now 47, uses to describe himself.

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The NSA Is Watching You

Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access to a lawyer.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Forget Le Pen, It’s Down to Two

The French elections have settled one question, that of the two finalists for the presidency.

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