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A Lack of Spine on Egypt

There may be little the United States can do to end the savage bloodletting in Egypt, but at least our nation can be loyal to its ideals by bearing witness and telling the truth. In this, President Obama has failed.

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A Civics Lesson From America’s Education Debate

Paradoxes come in all different forms, but here’s one that perfectly fits this Gilded Age: The most significant lesson from the ongoing debate about American education has little to do with schools and everything to do with money.

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Jonathan Kos-Read (CC-BY-ND)

The News on China

People are fascinated by China, but there’s something being lost in all the hubbub—what everyday life is like there.

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Egypt’s Transition Has Failed: New Age of Military Dictatorship in Wake of Massacre

The horrible bloodshed in Egypt on Wednesday marked a turning point in the country’s modern history, locking it in to years of authoritarian paternalism and possibly violent faction fighting.

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The Secret History of G.I. Joe

Joe, like much else in his era, was hardly what he seemed. Launched the year Lyndon Johnson ran for president as a peace candidate against Barry Goldwater while his administration was secretly planning the large-scale bombing of North Vietnam, Joe, too, was involved in a cover-up.

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A Tale of Two Planets

It’s official: Global warming could get worse – almost unimaginably worse. Conditions on planet Earth mean that in theory, at least, there could be a runaway greenhouse effect.

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What Really Makes Chelsea Clinton Run (but Not for Public Office)

To discover what Chelsea Clinton is doing with her life—and why—shouldn’t pose much of a challenge to any reasonably industrious journalist.

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Unearned Blessings

Bert Yaffe, who died Monday, was a businessman and a decorated Marine combat veteran and one of the best human beings I will ever know.

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Murdering the Wretched of the Earth

The murderous assault by Egyptian security forces against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi is not only an ideological battle, but a war waged against hundreds of millions of Muslim poor who find in radical Islam their only source of hope, meaning and dignity.

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U.S. Army/Sgt. Derec Pierson

Endless War on Terror Far From Noble Cause

George Bush’s overwrought and misdirected war against global terror, conceived as a war of the Righteous to destroy Evil, having failed wherever it was launched, has now been reconceived under Barack Obama as a war against political dysfunction.

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