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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



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In VA Scandal, Accountability for All—Including Congress

Unlike most of Congress, especially on the Republican side, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the George W. Bush administration that left so many American service men and women grievously wounded.

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GOP Still Swallowing the Tea

What’s happening in the Republican primaries is less a defeat for the tea party than a surrender by the GOP establishment, which is winning key races by accepting the tea party’s radical anti-government philosophy.

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The Election of a New European Parliament

Elections like those taking place this weekend are traditionally unsatisfactory, but this year they may provide an unprecedented shock.

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William Worthy and Vincent Harding: Thank You and Goodbye

The world lost two remarkable men in May, two African-Americans who helped shape modern history, yet whose names and achievements remain too little known.

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Tea Party Troubles

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GOP Holds Hearings but in the Real Benghazi a Retired Colonel Is Bombarding Extremists

As congressional Republicans prepare to have yet another round of investigations into the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, it is hard to see any concrete steps they have taken to forestall such calamities going forward.

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Benghazi Bucks

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Sentenced to Wait: Efforts to End Prison Rape Stall Again

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in Washington in 2003. It still hasn’t been fully implemented.

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Is Journalism Losing Its Nerve?

A new survey from Indiana University suggests things are fast changing in the news industry—and not for the better.

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Clinton Gets the GOP Treatment

Republican panic at the prospect of facing Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race has suddenly reached Godzilla-nearing-Tokyo proportions.

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The Maker Movement: Tinkering With the Idea That College Is for Everyone

Over the last 10 years or so, increasing numbers of Americans have been seeking the satisfaction that comes with a trade. But vocational education needs some rethinking.

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The Two GOP Establishments

The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between “the grass roots” and “the establishment,” but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand.

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Why Don’t We Know How Many People Are Shot Each Year in America?

How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows.

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Robert Scheer’s Mini Review of Glenn Greenwald’s New Book

It is 4 a.m. and I have just finished reading, in one sitting, the Kindle download of a book that I intended only to skim because I thought that I knew the full story.

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What Ukraine Really Needs

The United States has a recent history of going to war for dubious reasons promoted by interested groups, for which afterward Americans are sorry.

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Former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden Gleefully Admits: We Kill People Based on Metadata

Since the very first Snowden leak a year ago, one of the more common refrains from defenders of the program is “but it’s just metadata, not actual content, so what’s the big deal?”

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Bashes Media for Ignoring the Midterms in Favor of 2016 Presidential Election

Why does no one seem to care that a very important midterm election is mere months away?

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Why Obamacare Can’t Lower Costs

The president and his advisers based their health care plan on a bogus premise, which is why it will continue to provide opponents of the law with ammunition.

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An L.A. Story That’s All Too Familiar

When a city is forced to spend more on Wall Street fees than on basic public services, it is the sign of trouble.

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A Missed Chance on Religious Freedom

Religious liberty in the United States is a gift, based, as Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her dissent to Monday’s public prayer decision, on “the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian.”

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Church and State

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The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington.

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Supreme Court Permits Prayer At Town Meetings

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Regional Autonomy: The Answer to Ukraine’s Woes

Writing in The New York Review of Books, Anatol Lieven argues that the trend toward militarism in Ukraine is not only extremely dangerous, but pointless.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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All the Presidents’ Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

In this excerpt from her best-selling new book, Nomi Prins writes about the period during the administration of Lyndon Johnson when bankers began to move away from the president as they saw their global ambitions hemmed in by the Vietnam War.

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A Real Risk of War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war.

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U.S. Gov’t Agency, UPS Accidentally Send Drone Parts to College Student

Well, oops, UPS. A logistical glitch, which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is attributing to a delivery snafu by UPS, caused parts of a drone designed to monitor marine life and ocean conditions to end up far from its intended destination.

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After Pledge of Sunlight, Gov. Cuomo Staffers Keep Their Email in the Shadows

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo entered office promising unprecedented transparency, but his aides’ use of email offers quite a different picture.

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Never Forget Ruben Salazar, ‘The Man in the Middle’

Ruben Salazar was a crusading journalist for the Los Angeles Times and television station KMEX until he was killed by a deputy sheriff’s tear gas projectile in East Los Angeles during the Chicano Moratorium march against the Vietnam War on Aug. 29, 1970.

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Will the Senate Be Able to Reverse the Supreme Court’s Disastrous McCutcheon Decision?

The Senate could soon consider a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and states the ability to limit money in politics, possibly reversing the effect of recent Supreme Court rulings. But the amendment doesn’t appear to have the votes to pass.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

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Dark Money Group Sues IRS Over Targeting, Disclosure

A conservative nonprofit sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday because the agency targeted it for extra scrutiny and disclosed the group’s application for tax-exempt status to ProPublica.

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Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Dirty Coal Plants and Save the World?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the prerogative to regulate air pollution that spills across state lines.

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Two Felons Could Force the Supreme Court to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age

The last thing we would expect from the Roberts court is a robust defense of civil liberties, but judging from the tenor of Tuesday’s oral argument, we could be in for some surprises.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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A Third Obama Disappointment Seems Imminent

The record of the president’s first four years proved decidedly mixed, and the second Obama turn has been one of disappointments, danger and amateurism.

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The Racists Among Us

Let’s not pretend that deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy and basketball team owner Donald Sterling are the last two racists in America. They have company.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Gun Supremacists’ Folly

Have we gone stark raving mad? The question is brought to mind by the new gun law signed last week in Georgia by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


Preserve Us From Old Fools on Horseback

Cliven Bundy is a tax cheat, but his supporters seem to think he’s Davy Crockett.

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The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half a century ago.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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This Researcher Devised His Own Low-Cost Cancer Treatment and Won

Michael Retsky wasn’t your typical cancer patient. His own research showed the problems with existing treatments, so he helped model a new one.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections

Fatah and Hamas, the two Palestinian factions that have for the last seven years ruled the separate territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, announced Wednesday they will form a unity government.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE


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