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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.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction

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

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Worse Than 2010

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

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE


Campaign Ads at Work

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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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Is Voter Suppression an American Tradition?

Today’s ID laws are driven by an old purpose—undermining genuine majority rule and deflecting threats to the established order.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Western Masters Now Terrorized by Victims of Imperialism

The threat of terror produced by past victims of American Middle Eastern imperialism is alarming, but not new, and not historically isolated to the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE



A Revisionist Take on President Obama

There is no shortage of bad news for President Obama, but history may be kinder to the man.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



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President Obama’s ‘Dumb’ War

The adventure against the Islamic State increasingly resembles the sort of conflict Barack Obama launched his career opposing.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE



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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


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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.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



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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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