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Blackwater Guards Convicted of 2007 Iraq Massacre

Four former employees of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater were convicted Wednesday of a mass shooting during the Iraq War.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Is the Star of This Show

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she isn’t running for president. At this rate, however, she may have to.

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The Blue-Collar Imperative

Democrats in Kentucky and Georgia are pushing hard to win back the white working-class vote from Republicans.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE


Church and State

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Fracking for the Cure?

One of the world’s largest fossil fuel services firms is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a breast cancer awareness campaign, despite possible links between fracking and cancer.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



Fred Branfman Risked His Life for Ordinary People

Fred was one of the bravest and most decent journalists I ever encountered.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



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When Government Was Good

Democrats are unlikely to have a great evening on Nov. 4, but they may have found a star in Pennsylvania.

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The NSA Plays Villain to Captain America—Again

You know you’re living in strange times when the most jingoistic superhero goes to war with his own government.

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How a Businessman Funnels Public Education Funds for Charter Schools Into Private Companies

Baker Mitchell is a politically connected North Carolina businessman who celebrates the power of the free market. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Alex Walters

No Shock and No Awe

It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing.

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White House/Pete Souza

White House Islamic State Strategy Amounts to Wishful Thinking

The notion that Iraq will “destroy” Islamic State at American behest is an illusion, and so is the notion that the coalition just formed can do it.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



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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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This Is the Trailer for ‘Citizenfour,’ Laura Poitras’ Documentary on Edward Snowden

Filmmaker Laura Poitras was already hard at work on a documentary about government surveillance when Edward Snowden reached out to her. That event would change her own life, and the world.

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How Big Brother Can Watch You With Metadata

Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013?

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



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What Ebola Can Teach Us

The lessons are quite obvious at this point—and contain implications that are political in the most urgent sense.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



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A Tar Heel Rebellion Against Conservatism

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan has been buoyed by her state’s disaffection for conservative cutbacks and restrictions on voter rights.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Cable Lobby Admits to Funding Stealth Campaign Against Net Neutrality

As the FCC considers how to regulate Internet providers, the telecom industry’s stealth campaign for hearts and minds encompasses everything from art installations to LOLcats.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights

In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go.

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Dollars for Dudes: Almost No Women Among Medical Industry’s Top-Paid Speakers

The causes are not clear, but men account for more than 90 percent of the 300 doctors who received the most money from drug and medical device companies, according to new federal data.

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White House/Pete Souza

Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

I could be mad at Vice President Joe Biden, who has been here in Los Angeles for two days and tied up traffic for miles at a time. But it’s hard. He’s just too nice a guy, even if he talks too much—and worse, these days, tells the truth.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr.

More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

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Women in Egypt After the Arab Spring: Gains and Losses

Women played a significant role in the 2011-2013 revolutions that shook the heart of the Arab world, as well as in the succeeding turmoil.

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Marriage Equality: Surrender to the Inevitable

By deciding not to decide, the Supreme Court may have decided: If history is a guide, same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Secure the People’s House

The Secret Service needs rescuing, but don’t use the recent shocking lapses in presidential security as an excuse to further separate Americans from the symbols of their government.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE



Amy Phillips

Those Budget-Busting, Job-Killing GOP Governors

Even as Republicans boast of their chances to take over the United States Senate come November, their party’s governors across the country are facing dimmer prospects.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE



Still from "American Beauty"

California Bans Plastic Bags—Will Other States Follow?

Taking the lead from some of its biggest cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s statewide ban on plastic bags became official Tuesday.

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China and Its Challenges

China may be said to confront four current categories of challenge, with a possible return to horrors past.

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Hong Kong’s Massive Protest Looks Even Bigger From the Air

Set against the stunning backdrop of Hong Kong’s tightly packed skyscrapers, this drone video gives the viewer a better sense of the enormity of Monday’s demonstrations, part of an ongoing campaign to regain political freedom.

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U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

Get the Authorization

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

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Why Are We Bombing Syria?

The administration’s response to the conjunction of this weekend’s People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? Bomb Syria.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



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The Mideast Horrors Grow

Cutting off the heads of aid workers and journalists is nothing in comparison with the degradation and dehumanization being inflicted on the pathetic people of the Middle East by all sides.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Public Pressure Is the Best Hope for Climate Action

On Sunday, a crowd calculated by organizers at more than 300,000 took part in the biggest march ever against climate change.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



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The Mystifying Election

There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE


Climate and Pensions

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.

Obama May Have to Send Troops

President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that “mission creep”—even if the president resists it—is baked in from the start.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Too Big to Punish

A few months ago, in a press conference about the felony conviction of Credit Suisse, Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This case shows that no financial institution, no matter its size or global reach, is above the law.” Yet, earlier this month, the Obama administration announced its proposal to waive some of the possible sanctions against Credit Suisse.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



A Climate Week to Change Everything

The climate crisis is worsening faster than predicted, by every scientific measure, and is paralleled by another crisis: the failure of the U.N. climate negotiation process.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State

A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest journey through the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Shareholders’ Quest for More Transparency

A proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rule would force publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending to their shareholders.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales

9/11, ISIS and the New Politics of Foreign Policy

Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Hasan Jamali

Terrorizing a Family of Human Rights Champions

Bahrain, a key U.S. ally in the Mideast, is building a symbolic wall against freedom. Part of that odious effort is the longtime persecution of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and two of his daughters.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



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President Poroshenko’s Gift to America

It seems evident that Barack Obama today still does not understand how much he owes to President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Pat Sullivan

What College Students Can Teach Us About Beheadings and Our Own System of Capital Punishment

Last week, something happened to disrupt the Western superiority narrative of Middle Eastern beheadings, at least for me: I went back to college.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE


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