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Judging Obamacare: How Do We Know If It’s a Success or Failure?

One day very soon, the focus on Obamacare will turn from signing up new enrollees to quantifying the law’s success—or failure.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Cares About the Value of Work?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., favors a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour, but she also has other ideas that would help Americans at the bottom of the income structure to earn more.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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The Pope Isn’t a Party Boss

President Obama’s first salary as a community organizer was paid by a Catholic group and his earliest social justice work was rooted in Catholic social doctrine. So why don’t the bishops like him?

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Six years into the Obama administration, the president’s promise of “a new era of open government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Big Business Rewards California Democrats for Passing Model ALEC Legislation

It may be “the most anti-consumer bill ever introduced in California,” and it was approved and signed into law by Democrats.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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The Long Telegram: Imaginary Friends and Phantom Enemies

The result of the obsessive vilification of Russia is a tragic waste of opportunities for two major nations to join in the actual wars at hand.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Sign Up for Obamacare by March 31 to Avoid Fees and, Possibly, Higher Medical Bills

The open enrollment period for 2014 ends in just a few days. If you want to buy a plan on the health care exchanges, you’d better hurry.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Should Women Be Charged With Murder for Giving Birth to Stillborns Due to ‘Fetal Harm’?

Rennie Gibbs, a 16-year-old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among a burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network?

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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The CIA Is Out of Line

We now have even more proof that our burgeoning intelligence agencies, which were given unprecedented latitude to wage war against terrorists, are dangerously out of control.

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Homophobia: Africa’s Hottest Trend

It’s not just Uganda. The Democratic Republic of the Congo could become the 38th African country to ban homosexuality. A politician in Kenya, meanwhile, is demanding enforcement of a colonial law that criminalizes gay sex.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



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How the West Was Wrong: Misunderstanding Uganda’s Gay Rights Crisis Makes It Worse

Uganda is one of the worst places to be gay, thanks to a law made more popular by well-intentioned activists who triggered fears of cultural imperialism and conversion.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



CIA Spies and Tortured Lies

This week’s public spat between CIA-loyalist Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the CIA might briefly upset the status quo, but they will make up.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Feinstein v. the CIA: A Moment of Truth

It was a truly historic moment Tuesday when Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein took to the Senate floor to warn that the CIA’s continuing cover-up of its torture program is threatening our constitutional division of power.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Distracted Driving: Technology Isn’t the Problem

How is an officer in California supposed to tell whether you’re texting (illegal) or navigating (apparently not illegal)? Why not just look for bad driving?

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Are 13 People Dead If GM Knew About Ignition Problem 10 Years Ago?

That’s the question that Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., is asking after GM issued a massive recall of 1.6 million vehicles.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine’s Test From Within

When the new Ukrainian prime minister visits the White House this week, President Obama should offer continued support—but also ask pointedly why several far-right ultra-nationalists have such prominent roles in Ukraine’s new government.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



Do Companies Have a First Amendment Right to Track You?

If you think that is a purely academic question, think again.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



44 Years a Prisoner: The Case of Eddie Conway

Marshall “Eddie” Conway walked free from prison this week, just one month shy of 44 years behind bars. He was convicted of the April 1970 killing of a Baltimore police officer. Conway has always maintained his innocence.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Government Sues Sprint for Inflating Surveillance Charges

It turns out even Uncle Sam has had enough of hidden fees.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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If We Can’t Ban Guns, We Need to Love One Another

The last several months have offered the casual observer tragic evidence of the absurdity, cruelty and insanity of America’s gun culture.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Deep in the Dark Heart of Texas

Greg Abbott, a former judge and three-term attorney general of the great state of Texas, is expected to be the state’s next governor. His official biography puts him on the side of God, the American way and children of all ages.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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How Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill Would Have Hurt the Religious

Social and religious conservatives should have been the first to oppose the Arizona Legislature’s effort to allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Texans Will Have to Wait for Gay Marriage

Federal Judge Orlando L. Garcia threw out Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage Wednesday, writing, “Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution.” But gay Texans will have to remain patient for now.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



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The Obama Method: Combine Threats With Accommodation

The Obama government has taken a Cold War stand on the crisis in Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The Internet Is Fucked’

Even if someone printed this out and mailed it to you, you get your information from the Internet, a magical place that is increasingly controlled and manipulated by greedy, lazy corporations. Free speech, as we know it, is gone.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE



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If You’re Going to Force People to Buy Insurance, You Have to Make It Affordable

In November, Californians will vote whether to give the state insurance commissioner power to approve health insurance premium increases and veto or scale back those he finds excessive.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Recess Is Over: What the Supreme Court Has in Store for Us Now

If you’ve been wondering what has happened to the Supreme Court and all those transformative decisions it was supposed to issue during its 2013-14 term, you’re not alone.

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 READ MORE


Lynne Stewart Tells Chris Hedges ‘Every Little Bit Heals’

The recently freed civil rights attorney sits down with the Truthdig columnist to discuss prison, freedom and the issues raised by her detention.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Western Europe’s Growing Resistance to Immigration

The immigration problem in Europe seems, to me, real but ill-understood. Switzerland is completely untypical, and comparisons with immigration in the United States are totally misleading.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The Two Chinas Meet for the First Time Since 1949

The China that has its capital in Beijing has been at odds with the China that has its capital in Taipei since Mao Zedong and his Communist army chased the nationalist Kuomintang across the Taiwan Strait in 1949.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Must the Obamacare Debate Be Stupid?

By broadening access to health insurance, the Affordable Care Act ends the tyranny of “job lock,” which is what the much-misrepresented Congressional Budget Office study of the law released on Tuesday shows.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Former Regulator Sheila Bair Works for a Bank Now, but It’s Not What You Think

As head of the FDIC, Sheila Bair was one of the best known critics of banks. Now she works for one. So when is a revolving door not a revolving door?

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



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A Radical Fix for the Justice System: Socialism

Americans are already provided legal assistance, but Noam Scheiber at New Republic says it’s not enough, and, he argues, there should also be a cap on the amount rich people and corporations can spend on lawyers.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE



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The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

A Budweiser commercial during the Super Bowl, that annual celebration of violence as sport, featured a most joyous homecoming for a U.S. veteran of the Afghan War.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the Future of the Death Penalty on Trial

In a very real way, the future of the death penalty—a barbaric relic of a bygone era abolished by more than two-thirds of the world’s nations—will also be on trial with the suspected Boston Marathon bomber.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



Aaron Swartz: The Life We Lost and the Day We Fight Back

A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Roe v. Wade Turns 41 and the Internet Has a Lot to Say About It

On the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the legal battles over abortion in the United States still rage.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Why the NSA’s Metadata Program Won’t Change Anytime Soon

Whatever legal test is utilized by the FISA Court, there is no reason to believe that it will act as anything other than a rubber stamp for the NSA as it has so often in the past.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Turkish Government Accused of Defying ‘International Human Rights’ in Its Fight Against Protesters

Medics and human rights groups are calling out the Turkish government for intimidation against street protesters as new legislation criminalizes the use of urgent assistance.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE



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William Stuntz: Crime and Punishment and the Fight Against Racial Injustice

William Stuntz was a socially conservative evangelical Christian whose fight for race allied him across all political systems.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Ridicules Iran Sanctions and Interviews Robert Gates

Jon Stewart takes us through the new sanctions against Iran that many in our dysfunctional Congress are considering. He also interviews former Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his new book “Duty.”

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Are Iraq and Afghanistan Not Looking After Themselves?

The United States has invested heavily in its conquered nations. So what’s the problem?

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Approval of Congress Skyrockets to 13 Percent

Thirteen percent of adults approve of the job Congress is doing, according to Gallup, but things could be worse.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE


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