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Welcome to the 2012 Hunger Games

We have a new science fiction trilogy that’s perfect for our moment: Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games,” a dystopian vision set in a North America ruled by decadent, luxurious oligarchs who sacrifice young people in an annual televised Roman-style blood contest.

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Hoodie Politics: Trayvon Martin and Racist Violence in Post-Racial America

The killing of a young African-American boy, Trayvon Martin, by an overzealous white Hispanic security guard who appears to have capitulated to the dominant post-racial presumption that equates the culture of criminality with the culture of blackness, has devolved into a spectacle.

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American Social Mobility Ain’t What It Used to Be

This will hardly be news to many, but The New York Times weighed in Wednesday about the American dream being harder to achieve for those occupying the lower socioeconomic levels of society than either their wealthier contemporaries or their counterparts from past eras.

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Anti-American Groups Gather in Pakistan

Members of al-Qaida, the Taliban and militant groups from Afghanistan and Pakistan met up twice late last year in an effort to combine forces against America’s diminished presence in Pakistan—one common target on which they might agree to focus.

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Inequality in Ancient Rome and Modern America

Historians used the Gini coefficient, a modern measure of wealth inequality, to compare disparities between the classes in the Roman Empire 150 years after the death of Christ and those in the United States today. The ancients, with their ranks of plebeians, patricians and senators, scored slightly better than we did. (more)

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Incarceration—It’s Catching

Is the massive surge of imprisonment a contagious disease? Does the answer lie in the structure of our democracy? Two new books suggest so.

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The Muslim World Brings Forth a Counter-Jihad

Robin Wright’s new book, “Rock the Casbah,” surveys the people of Islam a decade after 9/11 and finds they have turned not toward extremism but moderation.

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Cornel West Recalls the Attica Prison Rebellion

Princeton University professor Dr. Cornel West spoke to a crowd of almost 3,000 people at the Riverside Church in New York City on Friday during an evening of remembrance for another sort of 9/11. (more)

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America’s Debt Problem

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Kebab Obama

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Minnesota Shuts Down

Six months of negotiations ended in booing and hissing Thursday night when Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced that his state’s government would shut down as a result of a failure to reach a compromise with Republican legislators on how to deal with the state’s $5 billion budget deficit. (more)

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‘Tiger Trap’: 21st Century Espionage

For decades during the Cold War, the most captivating spy-vs.-spy battle was the one waged between Moscow and Washington. With the rise of China, a new player has entered the game.

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Take the U.S. Inequality Quiz

Think you have the dirt on inequality in America? Jeffrey Rudolph, a college accounting professor in Montreal, has crafted an extensive quiz stocked full of hard facts and figures from a range of authoritative sources that cuts through the myth and lies thrown up by America’s leading misinformers. (more)

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Nuclear Waste

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Reagan’s Defense of Collective Bargaining

In 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan defended collective bargaining as a fundamental human freedom. Soon after his election victory, both he and others in his party promptly forgot that stand.

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Education Is the Future

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American Women, Circa 2011

Did you realize that the last president to ask for a status report on American women was John F. Kennedy? Eleanor Roosevelt was in charge of that project, which President Obama has updated for our present time. Let’s take a look at the results, shall we?

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Americans Are Spending Again

Is it good news that U.S. consumer spending revved up to a three-year high in 2010? It could make for some improvement, especially if employment picks up to bolster Americans’ consumption habits in coming months, according to the BBC.

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Christmas Stocking

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Gas Prices

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Christmas Present

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Reviving Economy

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Churchy State

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Testing Turkey

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Take America Back

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Reconciliation Talks In Afghanistan

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Economic Mood Swing

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Dream Act

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Blind Enthusiasm

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Against the Wishes of Arizona Lawmakers, America Is Getting More Diverse

Preliminary census data show that America’s melting pot is meltier than ever, with racial minorities now making up more than one-third of the nation’s population. Pretty soon the “minorities” will be in the majority, as they are in four states (California, New Mexico, Hawaii and Texas, where everything is bigger, anyway).

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Carol Tavris on Barbara Ehrenreich’s Crusade

In her recent book, Barbara Ehrenreich takes on the excesses, delusions and unsupported promises of the positive-thinking movement, tracking both its naive and its corrupt manifestations in the worlds of health, business, religion and psychology.

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I Don’t Have the Constitution for It

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America Performs Its Familiar Role of Propping Up a Dictator

Could there be a more accurate description of the Barack Obama-Gordon Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? Now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly.

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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day

Read historian Howard Zinn’s account of that genocidal, gold-crazed maniac Christopher Columbus, and it’s impossible to think this man deserves a holiday. Upon meeting the Indians, for example, his first thought was “They would make fine servants. ... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

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American Plutocracy: Corruption Is In the Eye of the Beholder

To many observers, the recent New Jersey corruption sting, which resulted in the arrests of three mayors, two state assemblymen and five rabbis, seems rather surreal for the American social and political fabric.

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Bill Maher: America Is Greedy, Not Good

The “Real Time” host takes exception to American exceptionalism, the idea that Americans are unique and superior despite a penchant for poisoning, imprisoning and killing each other just to make a buck.

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America Has Become Less Religious

The percentage of Americans who follow no religion has doubled since 1990, according to a new survey of religious identity. At 15 percent, they are now the third largest group, behind Catholics and Baptists. The Christian majority has dwindled by 10 points in the last 18 years.

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Attorney General: On Race, America Is ‘a Nation of Cowards’

Speaking at a Justice Department event in honor of Black History Month, the first black attorney general, appointed by the first black president, acknowledged that America has made progress but warned that “in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” His full remarks, after the jump.

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The Peril and Promise of Interesting Times

If things get much more “interesting,” we might have a collective nervous breakdown. But along with the anxiety, there’s also a sense of rare opportunity—a chance to emerge better than we were economically, politically and socially.

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This Just In: Historic ‘08 Election Didn’t Squelch Racism

The Associated Press delivered the sobering but inescapable news on Monday that the election of the nation’s first black president didn’t completely eradicate racism in America. Thanks, AP!

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Bill Maher: ‘Take That, Canada!’

Thanks to Barack Obama’s victory, the “Real Time” host says he takes back every bad thing he ever said about America, a country he likens to Jessica Simpson. We’ll let him explain that one.

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Jane Ciabattari on Toni Morrison’s ‘A Mercy’

An unabashed triumph, Morrison’s new novel is a gloriously poetic and incantatory retelling of America’s tragic and redemptive story.

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Turning Trash Into Electricity

Here’s a solution to the energy crisis Americans are sure to love: A company called Geoplasma is building a plant in Florida that will vaporize garbage with a plasma torch, turning 1,500 tons of waste into 60 megawatts of the good stuff. It may not be as clean as solar, but hey, America is the Saudi Arabia of trash.

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America the Illiterate

The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies, including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate, are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them.

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