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Chris Hedges at Oxford University: Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

With an impassioned defense of a patriotism that stands against the abuse of state power, the Truthdig columnist and other speakers convinced an Oxford University audience that the answer is yes.

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AP/Paul Beaty

Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

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Science Guy Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham

Emmy Award-winning science evangelist Bill Nye says he wanted to debate creationism guru Ken Ham because science literacy in America is both important and under siege.

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Roe v. Wade Turns 41 and the Internet Has a Lot to Say About It

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the legal battles over abortion in the United States still rage.

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Scare Tactics Distort NSA Debate

In order to have a genuinely constructive debate, data must be compiled, evidence must be amassed and verifiable truths must be presented.

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Demand Your Privacy

It seems our elected officials have no intention of reining in the National Security Agency’s mad-scientist quest to know everything about our communications and movements. If we want our privacy back, we’re going to have to fight for it.

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The Inadequate, Necessary Budget Deal

It’s a sign of how far to the right House Republicans have dragged governance in our country that the very conservative budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray will need many liberal and Democratic votes to pass.

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Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.

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AP/Jacquelyn Martin

The Legend Will Never Die

Professors and pundits are downgrading President Kennedy’s legacy these days, seeing him as an ordinary, even ineffective leader. The people, three-quarters of them, according to polling done this month by the Gallup organization, rate him as the greatest of modern presidents.

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AP/Oded Balilty

‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

Cowardice. That’s the reason why I, a Jewish journalist, avoid writing about Israel.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 READ MORE


The Single-Payer Signal in the Obamacare Noise

The new law cemented the industry’s profit-extracting role in the larger health system—and it still leaves millions without insurance.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Did Popular Science Can Its Comments Section?

The editors of the science magazine’s website last month announced they would no longer accept readers’ comments under new articles. Why? Because studies suggest Internet “trolls” don’t just spoil the chance for intellectual debate, they create doubt where there should be none.

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House GOP, News Media Fail to Inform American Public on Budget Deficit

There are two national deficits, and both are in good if not excellent condition. Every day that the House has debated the public debt limit, President Barack Obama has cited this fact. No opponent pays any attention.

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The Folly of Empire

In dying empires like our own, the people glorify idiotic leaders and blissfully ignore the looming collapse.

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Christie’s Debate Phobia

“We are not a debating society. We are a political operation that needs to win.” Thus did Chris Christie offer one of the most pregnant statements yet in the ongoing Republican argument over the party’s future.

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AP/Vincent Yu

Restore Honor and Pardon Edward Snowden

Without the leaks, there would be no reforms. The politicians who kept us in the dark are the ones who should have to answer to the public.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE


What NSA Reforms?

President Obama’s message about the government’s massive electronic surveillance programs came through loud and clear: Get over it.

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 READ MORE


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On Civil Liberties, Comparing Obama With Bush Is Easy—and Mostly Wrong

Rather than hyping the terrorist threat, like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, President Obama has repeatedly framed a calmer—if equally resolute—attitude toward Islamist extremism.

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A New Balance Toward Liberty

The hardest thing in an argument is to acknowledge competing truths.

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The Xenophobe Party

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday, Sen. Rand Paul urged him to reconsider immigration legislation because of the bombings in Boston.

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Newtown’s Call to Reason

The heroic and inspiring role played by the families of the Sandy Hook massacre’s victims should not be used to create what would be a dangerously misleading narrative about how they changed the politics of guns.

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Scarborough, Krugman to Face Off on ‘Charlie Rose’

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough are taking their feud over the country’s massive debt and lackluster economy to television.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE


The Tea Party’s Ghost

The deficit that should concern us most right now has to do with time, not money. Money can be recouped. Time just disappears.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Zero Dark Thirty’: Kathryn Bigelow Shows Us the Things We Carried

When “Zero Dark Thirty” opens nationally Friday, many moviegoers will already have made up their minds.

Posted on Jan 11, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



We Are Not Powerless to Confront Climate Change

Millions of victims of Superstorm Sandy remain without power, but they are not powerless to do something about climate change.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S.-Russia Relations in Presidential Campaign Spotlight

International powers such as Russia have been watching the candidates closely throughout the campaign, as both politicians and experts abroad ponder what to expect from the next four years. Although Obama’s stance is not likely to change much, Romney remains an unknown quantity for the Russians.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



Ann Coulter’s Lame Defense, Lena Dunham’s Controversial Obama Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Romney surrogate playing the race card and an interesting Electoral College proposal that could reshape the way presidential candidates campaign. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE


In Defense of the Undecided Voter

A confession: I recently received my Colorado ballot but, even though my state will play a key role in the presidential election, I still haven’t voted.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE


The Final Days of a Bad Campaign

Beneath his cool exterior, there is passion and a trash-talking crudeness hidden in President Obama.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE


What America Will We Pick?

This election is only tangentially a fight over policy. It is also a fight about meaning and identity—and that’s one reason why voters are so polarized. It’s about who we are and who we aspire to be.

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE


No Denial: ‘Son of Detroit’ Profited From Bailout—and Jobs Shipped to China

The neglect of the Delphi story by mainstream and even progressive outlets such as MSNBC has been remarkable, particularly because neither Romney nor his campaign has denied it.

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I Said What I Meant

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Debate Tweet Withdrawals

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The Home Stretch

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Foreign Policy Debate

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Final Debate Offers Unclear Choice of Troubling Policies

The United States is intellectually adrift upon an exceptionally turbulent sea running in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf, and on the larger scene, Washington is blundering into serious trouble with Russia and probably with a China that is on the edge of both foreign and domestic crises.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



Trump’s October Surprise, Malkin Criticizes Coulter, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the seven battleground states that could decide the election and a legal victory for Planned Parenthood.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


Obama as Commander-in-Chief, Romney as Banal Bully

The third and last presidential debate was a clear win for the President. He displayed the authority of the nation’s Commander-in-Chief – calm, dignified, and confident. He was assertive without being shrill, clear without being condescending. He explained to a clueless Mitt Romney the way the world actually works.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


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Hawks of a Feather Flock Together

The final debate of the presidential campaign was a dismal affirmation by both candidates of a foreign policy that has cost many thousands of lives and injuries and plunged the nation deeply into debt.

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Presidential Debate Wrap-Up: Obama Sinks Romney’s Battleship

With the race as tight as ever, and in light of last week’s spirited and heated debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, all eyes were on Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday night as the presidential candidates squared off for the third and final time before the election. 

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Character Matters at the Foreign Policy Debate

President Obama is fired up and ready to go for the foreign policy debate Monday night, and he should begin in his opening statement by asking the American people, “Are you safer now than you were four years ago?”

Posted on Oct 22, 2012 READ MORE


The Next America

Assuming that neither man faints on the stage at their final debate on Monday, the Obama-Romney race now depends on three smoking guns rarely discussed by candidates: geography, demography, and getting out the right vote.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Why the Chill on Climate Change?

Not a word has been said in the presidential debates about what may be the most urgent and consequential issue in the world: climate change.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 READ MORE



Obama Goes on ‘The Daily Show,’ Ryan Mocks GOP ‘War on Women,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt’s “Romnesia,” Joe Walsh’s science fail and the possibility of a split Electoral College come Election Day.

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Meet Romney’s Economic Hit Man

Mark the name of R. Glenn Hubbard, the man who will make your life miserable if Mitt Romney is elected president.

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Jon Stewart Tackles Romney’s ‘Binders Full of Women’

Jon Stewart has some other ideas for what Mitt Romney could call his “binder.” For example, “Book of Broads” or “Notebook of Nipples.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 READ MORE


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