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Ending the Fire Zone Subsidy

As the Denver Post previously reported, between 1990 and 2000, more than a third of all homes built in America were built in the so-called Wildland-Urban Interface—aka the fire red zones.

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Why Paul Ryan Is Rebranding That Old ‘Compassionate Conservatism’

Nobody in Washington talks much about the poor in America these days, even though they are more and more with us in the economic aftermath of the Great Recession.

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Democrats Finally Off the Filibuster on Executive Nominees

Republicans filibustering seemingly every second to obstruct the Obama administration’s agenda has gotten under Democrats’ skin at last. Thursday, after being dared by the GOP to go nuclear, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the plug on filibustering, allowing presidential nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote for the remainder of this Congress.

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Sequestration: Getting Our Priorities Straight

Lobbyists for military contractors are swarming all over Capitol Hill these days in a frenzy to stave off automatic budget cuts as part of the second wave of sequestration, due in January.

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What We Lost

Whenever we reflect on the horror of Nov. 22, 1963, we mourn not only the murder of a graceful and inspiring leader but also a steady ebbing in the years thereafter of our faith in what we could achieve through public life and common endeavor.

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Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks

This year’s climate meeting has a new feature: corporate sponsorship.

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‘Goliath’s’ Missing Pieces

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

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FISA Court Documents Reveal Just How Little the NSA Cares About Your Privacy

The National Security Agency is not only collecting all your personal data, it’s also sharing that information with other government agencies. And let’s face it, this has nothing to do with terrorism.

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U.S. Pushing New Treaties at Expense of National Sovereignty

Being negotiated right now are American-sponsored corporate efforts to alter trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific international trade relations through new agreements that undermine or effectively nullify many countries’ existing national legislation on health, environment, pricing, food safety and other issues.

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Be Thankful for the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying

The president, members of Congress and now even the Supreme Court have all come to the defense of the most invasive espionage program ever. Luckily a few lawmakers say “no.”

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Sisters Asunder

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

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Secret Service

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Turkeys

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The Kennedy Myth? The Kennedy Legacy?

This month alone, at least 140 books about our 35th president have been or will be released.

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Haiyan: A Disaster Made Worse by Greed

The Philippines, which is one of the poorest and least developed nations on the planet, has had little hand in creating the conditions that nurtured Typhoon Haiyan (or Yolanda, as it’s known locally), possibly the worst storm in recorded human history.

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Food Stamp Cuts

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NSA Megalomania Accomplishes Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Do you wish your taxes spent on gathering the numbers and addressees of every phone call made and every email sent in the United States (or Europe) during the next decade? This is madness.

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Can L.A.’s New Mayor Succeed Where Other Charming Liberals Failed?

The difficult task of ending income and social inequality in Los Angeles is now in the hands of a liberal new mayor, Eric Garcetti, a compromiser rather than a crusader.

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The True Patriots in Congress Trying to End NSA Tyranny

Thankfully, there are still a few political leaders who remember the wisdom of the founders in designing a system that properly limits governmental power.

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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.

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David Cameron’s Surprise: Permanent Austerity

Back in 2010, the British PM began slashing the country’s budget on the promise that temporary cuts were necessary to reduce the deficit and right the economy. Another recession soon followed.

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Republicans Use Dirty Tricks to Stay in Power

Rolling Stone has investigated the “unrelenting campaign to exploit every weakness and anachronism in our electoral system” that keeps Republicans influential in American politics, and the numbers are really quite startling.

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Q & A: ‘God Loves Uganda’

A gay filmmaker investigates how American Christians turned Uganda into arguably the most homophobic country on Earth.

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Eye on the NSA

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Trans Fats Banned

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Merkel Privacy

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Are Politicians Who Cut Food Stamps and Deny Health Access Truly ‘Pro-Life’?

When Wendy Davis proclaimed that she is “pro-life”—a description long since appropriated by conservatives opposed to abortion rights—the right-wing media practically exploded with indignation.

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Trans Fats

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Spy With My Eye

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The LAX Shooting, Domestic Terrorism and the NRA

Perhaps seeing gun violence as part of the pattern of domestic terrorism will do more to move the needle on gun control.

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A Great American Tradition

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Electronics on Flights

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Obama X-Ray Specs and Liberty

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Election 2013: A Grass-Roots Resurgence

The political chattering class is abuzz with Chris Christie as the GOP’s great hope to retake the White House in 2016. But they miss a vital and growing undercurrent in U.S. politics: grass-roots movements at the local and state level that are challenging the establishment, and winning.

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Obamacare’s 787 Moment

The problems of the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges will not be solved by a new round of outsourcing. Just ask Boeing.

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Dear NSA

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Culture of Dependency

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Reading ‘Goliath’: Inconvenient Truths

Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper.

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Right to Vote

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Discredited Economic Theory Holds Europe in Deflationary Thrall

Why there is such iron fidelity to neoliberal austerity in the contemporary community of official, semiofficial and even academic economists? It can’t be that it works. It doesn’t work.

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The Noise Around Obamacare

The ace political and baseball prognosticator Nate Silver titled his book about prediction and statistical mastery “The Signal and the Noise.” Rarely has it been more important to distinguish between the two than in the uproar over the launch of the Affordable Care Act.

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Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

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Assange May Get Another Chance at Australian Senate

Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks Party made a Senate bid in September for a spot representing Victoria, Western Australia. Now, thanks to some missing ballots being found, the party has another opportunity to take part in the elections, and this time Assange himself will head the party ticket.

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NSA Snake

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NSA and Privacy

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Liberty-Octopus

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Huge Data Collection by the NSA

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