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On Climate, Business as Usual

Despite mounting evidence that global warming is an urgent crisis, emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than over the previous three decades, according to an authoritative new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



A Victory Lap for Obamacare

All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE


Share the Torture Report

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan’s Excuse to Do Nothing About Poverty

Blaming poverty on the mysterious influence of “culture” is a convenient excuse for doing nothing to address the problem.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Malaysia Airlines: Into the Twilight Zone

Let me go out on a limb: The Malaysian airliner did not get sucked into a black hole, vanish over the Indian Ocean equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle or crash-land on the spooky island from “Lost.”

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



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A Midterm Imperative

Here is what Democrats should learn from their party’s loss in a special House election in Florida last week: Wishy-washy won’t work.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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The CIA Is Out of Line

We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



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The American Story of Slavery

Hollywood has finally taken an unflinching look at slavery. It’s past time for the rest of the country to do the same.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Before Crimea There Was Iraq, Afghanistan, Panama, Grenada and So On

Even as Washington condemns Moscow for its outrageous aggression, we reserve the right to fire deadly missiles into Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and who knows where else.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



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A Helping Hand for Young Men of Color

“My Brother’s Keeper” has a much nicer ring than “Stop and Frisk.” It also promises to be a more effective, less self-defeating way to address the interlocking social and economic crises afflicting young men of color.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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GOP Crocodile Tears Over Jobs

Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back—and lots more.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



I’m Black, Don’t Shoot Me

Sometimes, when I’m in my car, I crank up the music pretty loud. All you Michael Dunns out there, please don’t shoot me.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



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The Victims of Ted Cruz’s Naked Ambition

With a few obvious votes, Congress could improve the lives of millions of people—the unemployed, the undocumented, the uninsured. But instead of being helped, those in need are punished for reasons that are nakedly political.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Health Crisis

Oh dear. The Republican Party’s worst nightmare is coming true. Obamacare is working.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE



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The Out-of-Step GOP

The Republican Party was supposed to be getting its act together for the midterm election. Instead, judging from the disarray on immigration reform, things may be getting even messier.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Sibling Rivalry Not Fit For a King

Nothing will ever tarnish the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who transformed a nation. But his squabbling heirs seem to be trying their best.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE



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We’re Losing This Drug War

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is yet another victim of the war on drugs. Prohibition is not working. It is time to try something new.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



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The Richest ‘Victims’ in America

An ugly outbreak of whiny victimhood is ravaging some of America’s most exclusive ZIP codes.

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 READ MORE



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West Virginia Toxic Disaster Requires More Than Silence

More than a week since the chemical spill in Charleston, the state capital, contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people, there has been little solid information about the danger to human health—and little outrage from officials in Washington, who seem to expect West Virginians to take the whole thing in stride.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Hard to See the Victim Here

You know a politician is having a bad day when he has to stand before a news conference and plead, “I am who I am, but I am not a bully.”

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Defining the NSA’s Role

President Obama’s anticipated reform of the National Security Agency’s practices needs to go beyond ending the mass surveillance of innocent Americans’ phone calls. He should force the agency to think less about the quantity of information it gathers and more about the quality.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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The ACA: Here to Stay

Now that the fight over Obamacare is history, perhaps everyone can finally focus on making the program work the way it was designed. Or, preferably, better.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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The Cruelest Cut of All

To 1.3 million jobless Americans: The Republican Party wishes you a Very Unhappy New Year!

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 READ MORE



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The GOP’s Growing Divide

The Republican Party, which should have the wind at its back, enters 2014 in disarray bordering on open warfare.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Person of the Year

There are really just two possible choices for person of the year. I want to say Pope Francis, but I’ve got to go with Edward Snowden.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Making the Right Call on NSA

Blue-ribbon panels are often toothless and useless.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Republican Mainstream Strikes Back

The unusual display of reasonable behavior by House Republicans this week should be seen as a retreat—a change in tactics—but not a surrender. Democrats had better note the distinction.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Raise the Minimum Wage

Now that President Obama has outlined the crisis in economic mobility, he should begin by pressing his demand that Congress raise the minimum wage—and not by a little, but a lot.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Morally Questionable Go-To Weapon

U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries may be militarily effective, but they are killing innocent civilians in a way that is obscene and immoral. I’m afraid that ignoring this ugly fact makes Americans complicit in murder.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



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A Pope’s Pointed Message

The full implementation of Obamacare matters. Raising the minimum wage matters. Reforming a financial system “which rules rather than serves,” Pope Francis noted, matters.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Benefits of a Deal

The U.S.-led deal to freeze Iran’s nuclear program is a great accomplishment on many levels. Begin with the most basic: What if the talks in Geneva had failed?

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Enough of GOP Obstruction

Way to nuke ’em, Harry. It was time—actually, long past time—for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to invoke the “nuclear option” and ask his colleagues to change the Senate’s rules.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Sisters Asunder

Looks like the holidays are going to be, shall we say, a bit awkward for the Cheney family.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Contrite, But Resolute

It was a necessary retreat, but President Obama made clear Thursday that his bottom line remains unchanged: “I’m not going to walk away from 40 million people who have the chance to get health insurance for the first time.”

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


Our Good Old Todays

Years from now, when someday the nation is mired in another recession or bogged down in another ill-conceived war, these may be remembered as the good old days.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


Plenty of Time to Fix Obamacare

It takes chutzpah, or perhaps just an extraordinary lack of self-awareness, to argue vehemently that a program should never be implemented—and then complain it isn’t being implemented well enough.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



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The Out-of-Control NSA

Let’s get this straight: The National Security Agency snooped on the cellphone conversations of German Chancellor Angela Merkel? Perhaps for as long as a decade? And President Obama didn’t know a thing about it?

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Hail to the Washingtons

I’m a bit late to the topic, but the Washington, D.C., professional football team really ought to change its name.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE


Now Is a Time for Growth

It’s fine to talk—eventually—about chronic deficits and mounting debt. But now that our government is up and running again, the nation’s first priority should be economic growth.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Not a Good Fight

President Obama’s victory this week was as complete and devastating as Sherman’s march through the South. But there is no early sign that the zealots of the anti-government far right have learned the lessons of their defeat—which means that more battles lie ahead.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Democrats Raise Their Ante

A crazy thing is happening in shuttered, dysfunctional Washington: Democrats are pushing back.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE


Boehner in the Catbird’s Seat

Don’t feel sorry for John Boehner. His party and his country may be losers in this absurd crisis, but he clearly intends to come out a winner.

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Server Crashes Prove the ACA Is Here to Stay

While Republicans were throwing their silly tantrum, Obamacare became a fact. There is no turning back.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE


Let Go of the Car, Mr. Speaker

Republicans in Congress are like a dog that chases cars and finally catches one. There is a fleeting sense of accomplishment, followed by sheer panic.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


Why Obamacare Is a GOP Nightmare

To understand the crisis in Washington, tune out the histrionics and look at the big picture: Republicans are threatening to shut down the federal government—and perhaps even refuse to let the Treasury pay its creditors—in a desperate, last-ditch attempt to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Needs to Stand His Ground

Republicans in the House are like a bunch of 3-year-olds playing with matches.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


Navy Yard Shooting: This Time It Hits Home

Washington was under siege on Monday, with SWAT teams racing through the streets and military helicopters circling overhead. Not immediately threatened, however, was the complacency that allows our elected officials to argue endlessly about the threats we face rather than work together to lessen them.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE


Exceptional, You Bet

As I read Vladimir Putin’s sanctimonious op-ed article about U.S. policy in Syria, I imagined the Russian president sitting at the keyboard in a lovely pink negligee.

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


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