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Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

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What Is Chuck Schumer Up To?

The senior senator from New York says he was surprised that nine paragraphs in a 6,600-word speech got all the attention. He shouldn’t have been.

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New York State Bans Fracking

When natural gas companies first pressed into New York in 2008, state environmental regulators barely understood the process of “hydraulic fracturing.”

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Jon Stewart: Expectations of Congress May Be Low, but Budget Bill Is Not a Monumental Achievement

The “Daily Show” host is struggling to understand how so much “random stuff” ended up in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that Congress recently passed.

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Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.

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America Didn’t Just Prosecute Torturers, We Executed Them

In 1946, the judges of Nuremberg ordered that high-ranking war criminals—the people who had ordered that the gloves be taken off—should be hanged until dead.

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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking

Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill. According to the congressional record, it took only three congressmen and one second.

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Obama’s Boehner Bailout

How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?

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Congress Screws Native Americans With Fine Print

Somehow U.S. lawmakers have used a defense spending bill to sell Native American burial ground to mining giant Rio Tinto. Yay, capitalism!

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Are Charter Schools Segregating America’s Education System?

Charter schools are often promoted as a tool to address educational inequities, but a potential precedent-setting legal case launched earlier this month says the opposite.

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Don’t Blame Republicans for Wall Street’s Scams; Democrats Are Also at Fault

America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



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China Partners With Gay Hookup App to Spread AIDS Awareness

China decriminalized gay sex only in 1997, and stigmas remain, but a doubling of HIV infections among young urbanites has made for some unlikely bedfellows.

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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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A Multi-Billion Dollar Secret

If you are a public school teacher in Kentucky, the state has a message for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings.

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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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America’s Superpower Thinking Is a Bad Habit From a Bygone Century

China is emerging as the new Number One, while the policy makers in Washington can’t get their heads out of the Cold War.

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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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Ukraine Cuts Financial Ties to Rebel Territories

Just in time for the holidays, Kiev has limited access to credit cards and bank accounts, and promised to cut off funds for hospitals and schools.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



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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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Why North Dakota’s Oil Boom Threatens Towns and Cities Nationwide

Using rail networks to transport crude has saved the oil and gas industry time and capital, but the trade-off is greater risk.

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Does Hagel’s Departure Pave the Way for Combat Troops to Iraq?

It’s a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria.

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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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Actor Woody Harrelson Is a Self-Proclaimed Anarchist

In a recent interview with USA Today, the 53-year-old “Hunger Games” star explained his somewhat surprising views on government.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



Amnesty Releases Free Tool to ‘Detekt’ Government Spyware on Computers and Phones

Sick of being tracked without your consent or knowledge by the National Security Agency and its ilk? Amnesty International has an app for that.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



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A Mission for Jeb Bush

The most important struggle in American politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine

For a man who had taken a stunning electoral blow two weeks earlier, Barack Obama completed his Asian trip with an air of unperturbed leadership of the world.

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Immigration, Impeachment and Insanity on the Republican Right

Obstructing, denouncing and demonizing Barack Obama are so central to the existence of the Republican Party today that its leaders simply ignore the real purposes of the president’s proposed immigration orders.

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American Hero; American Story

John Doar died last week at the age of 92. If there was a Greatest Generation, he was one of its greatest men.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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An Accord the Planet Needed

This week’s stunning announcement of a long-range agreement between the Obama administration and the Chinese government over carbon emissions is the best environmental news in years.

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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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What to Do About American Plutocracy

All is not lost. Change has happened in the past, against severe resistance, three times since the Civil War.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



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No One Is Paying Attention to the Real Battle for Power

One of the most important—and generally overlooked—results of last week’s midterm election was Republican success in increasing control of state legislatures.

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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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How Ronald Reagan and the Supreme Court Turned American Politics Into a Cesspool

The dominating significance of the midterm elections has been the occasion’s dramatic confirmation of the corruption of the American electoral system.

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What the Midterm Elections Really Say About the GOP and Obama

The Guardian’s Gary Younge argues that though Republicans won the Senate on Tuesday, they didn’t “win big” by any means.

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Keystone Will Benefit From Republican Rule

When asked on NPR’s special coverage of the midterm elections for an example of the kind of legislation Republicans could pass with a Democrat still occupying the White House, a GOP lawmaker spat out without any hesitation the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Separatist Ukraine Elections Make U.S. Midterms Seem Even More Boring

This weekend some truly bizarre elections, featuring armed soldiers and artillery fire, were held in the self-styled People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Republicans Are Probably, Definitely, Almost Certainly Going to Take the Senate

Depending on which stat blog you’re reading, Republicans have anywhere from a 63 to a 96 percent chance to win the Senate and take control of Congress.

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A Tough Game on Tea Party Turf

California Democrat Suzanne Savary seeks to oust Orange County conservative Dana Rohrabacher from the U.S. House seat he has held since 1988—a challenge much like trying to beat the Alabama football team in Tuscaloosa.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Still Counts on ‘Hopey-Changey Stuff’

President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism.

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Is the Minimum Wage Really a Living Wage?

Under pressure to raise his state’s minimum wage, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker confidently declared that there was no need to do so.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Plutocrat or Populist? Actually, Hillary Clinton Is Neither

As America’s biggest political target—a status she is likely to enjoy for the foreseeable future—Hillary Clinton takes incoming fire of every caliber from all directions.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Moderate Thunder Out of Brownbackistan

If Republicans do as well nationwide next Tuesday as many expect, they should pay attention to what’s happening in Kansas.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE



‘When Google Met WikiLeaks’: An Exclusive Excerpt

In 2011 WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange was visited by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Here, from Assange’s new book, is part of the extraordinary conversation that resulted.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE


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