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Paris’ Radical Plan to Keep the Rich From Completely Gentrifying Central Neighborhoods

The French government has announced a plan to prevent housing displacement and the creation of “ghettos for the rich” in the capital; apparently, watching “The Colbert Report” made some people more conservative; meanwhile, the principles of the 1910 Mexican Revolution are being revived by the protest movement inspired by the Ayotzinapa students’ disappearance. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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In Politics, Does Evidence Matter?

Whatever your views, you should want government programs to achieve what they set out to do.

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White Views on Ferguson Are Complicated By Age, Region and Politics

The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves.

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Capital Punishment

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Why Some of the Most Conservative Republicans Are Pro-Immigration

Take, for example, studies arguing for a liberalized immigration policy by the Cato Institute, a conservative libertarian think tank started by the vast wealth of right-wingers Charles and David Koch.

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The Imperial Congress

Now that we have a Republican Congress versus a Democratic president, voters will have a much easier time seeing who stands for what.

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A Soldier Among Chickenhawks

Chuck Hagel’s departure from his post as defense secretary has been attributed to his failure to fit in with the Obama cabinet’s crowd. Among his other reported deficiencies was that he was only a sergeant in Vietnam, twice wounded.

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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

The president’s immigration action has forced the contradictions of the Republican establishmentarians into the sunlight.

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Obamacare vs. Scaliacare

It’s one thing for Congress, elected by the people, to undermine the Affordable Care Act. It’s quite another for the hyper-activist conservative justices on our Supreme Court to do it.

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You Can’t Govern on Fantasies

When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins.

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Worse Than 2010

For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse.

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Rand Paul’s Pizza

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Do Nothing, Repeat

The crisis in our political system is less about party than about horizon. To understand why, consider the issue of climate change.

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Ebola Buddy

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo.

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WMDs

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Be Afraid

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Billionaire Elections Turn Off Voters

There is far too much complacency about big money’s role in this year’s campaigns, on the grounds that both sides have plenty of it. This misses the point.

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Why Ayn Rand Is an Unlikely Hero for Conservatives

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” points out the inherent contradictions in writer Ayn Rand being held up by the likes of Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and, of course, her namesake Rand Paul, as a conservative hero.

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A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

“Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board.

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Eric Holder and RFK’s Legacy

When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”

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One Way or Another, Everything Changes

From the author of “The Shock Doctrine,” here is the introduction to Naomi Klein’s new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

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Republicans’ Reaction to Obama Speech Reveals Much—About Them

Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers.

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When Moderates Fight Back

The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem.

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The GOP Wave Has Failed to Materialize

Meanwhile, back at the ranch—as foreign events hog the spotlight—why haven’t Republicans sealed the deal on the coming election?

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Should Companies Have to Pay Taxes?

Reading companies’ annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reliable cure for insomnia. Every so often, though, there is a significant revelation in the paperwork.

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Missouri Burning: Why Ferguson’s Inferno Is No Surprise

For decades, Missouri has spawned or attracted many of the nation’s most virulent racists, including neo-Nazis and the remnants of the once-powerful Ku Klux Klan.

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Ranting About Robin Williams, Limbaugh Exposes a Hole in His Own Soul

Having infuriated millions of Robin Williams fans with insensitive remarks on the late actor’s suicide, Rush Limbaugh now blames the “liberal media” and “despicable leftists” for distorting his innocent message.

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President Obama, Choose Your Words Carefully

President Barack Obama, in the interview given last weekend to The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, provided illumination on his foreign policy thinking, at this moment of fraught drama in both Iraq and Ukraine, but the counsels concerning the two didn’t match.

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Plain Vanilla Bipartisanship

When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place?

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Can the Voters Change the GOP?

The central issue in this fall’s elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want?

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The GOP’s Impeachment Two-Step

If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck.

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Jon Stewart on GOP Response to Refugee Crisis: ‘What the Fuck Is Wrong With You? These Are Children’

Obviously, the thing to do with the hundreds of children fleeing crippling poverty and violence is “shout at them in a language they don’t understand,” the “Daily Show” host explains.

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The Rise of the Nonworking Rich

The real nonworkers are the wealthy who inherit their fortunes. And their ranks are growing.

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We Need Elizabeth Warren on the Supreme Court

Elizabeth Warren is uniquely positioned to revive the flagging spirits of the left, and help restore the country’s confidence in the Supreme Court, which has sunk to record lows.

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Bordering on Heartless

Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression.

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Catching Up With Big Data

This is a column about "Big Data" and a new way to predict the results of presidential elections for the next 20 years.

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Hang a ‘Men Wanted’ Sign on This ‘Women’s Issue’

The Hobby Lobby case is an urgent reminder for American males that they, too, benefit from access to contraception.

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How Do Israeli Assaults on Palestinians Differ From the Way Gentiles Once Attacked Jews in Europe?

Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy argues that recent events have shown that the Jewish state has pity for only the Jews; scientists have found a possible explanation for conservative outrage over women having sex lives; meanwhile, an Ebola outbreak spread in large part due to deforestation. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Our Progressive Constitution

Many kinds of conservatives contend that everything they believe is thoroughly consistent with the views and intentions of our 18th-century founders.

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John Oliver: Americans Are Largely to Blame for Anti-Gay Brutality in Uganda

Even though marriage equality is sweeping the nation, the “Last Week Tonight” host reminds us we shouldn’t be patting ourselves too hard on the back quite yet.

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Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

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The Vital Incoherent Center

Here’s one political paradox: A substantial majority of Americans do not fit neatly into the conventional “liberal” and “conservative” boxes, yet there is no coherent political center. Those who dream of a middle-of-the-road third party are destined to be disappointed.

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Happy Independence Day From the Supreme Court: Unions and Women Lose, Koch Brothers Win

The court’s latest decisions handed long-sought political victories to some of the most extreme elements of the American right.

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Thad Cochran’s Democratic Campaign

“There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



A Year of Living Negatively

The prospect of months of attacks and more attacks reflects the depth of disillusionment with Washington.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Real Business Leaders Want to Save Capitalism

A few weeks ago I was visited in my office by the chairman of one of the country’s biggest high-tech firms who wanted to talk about the causes and consequences of widening inequality and the shrinking middle class, and what to do about it.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Americans Are Self-Segregating Based on Politics

A number of new studies and analyses are indicating that Americans, who once chose neighborhoods that reflected their own ethnicity and religion, are now moving to places where they feel ideologically comfortable—a development that will make American politics even more polarized than it already is.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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What Can We Do in Iraq? Nothing!

Taking a couple of shots at President Obama over the latest round of war in Iraq, House Speaker John Boehner said last week: "This has been building for weeks." How about centuries, Mr. Speaker?

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE


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