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Will This Deal Solve Mexico’s Vigilante Problem?

The rise of thousands of vigilantes bearing assault rifles to rout a drug cartel in western Mexico’s Michoacan state has presented the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto with a policy nightmare.

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Putin: Ukraine on Brink of Civil War

Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

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Should She Stay or Should She Go? The Debate Over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Retirement

It should come as no surprise that Ginsburg is at the center of a roiling debate among left-leaning lawyers, scholars and legal commentators as to whether the time has come for her to retire in order to permit a Democratic president, Barack Obama, to nominate her successor. 

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Karzai Condemns Airstrike Over ‘Civilian Casualties’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a U.S. airstrike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children.

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Next Step in Ukraine Crisis Is Unknown

The American people don’t want to fight the Russians, and the Russians would be mad to attack NATO forces or the Baltic States. But I am sure there are people in Moscow just like the people in Washington who say “if we don’t follow through—if we don’t ‘stand our ground’—we’ll lose our credibility.”

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A Victory Lap for Obamacare

All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success.

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Happy Tax Day, and Why the 1 Percent Pay a Much Lower Rate Than You

It’s tax time again, April 15, when our minds turn toward paying the taxes we owe or possibly getting a tax refund.

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Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya

Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command. “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email. “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.”

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Fish on Acid Lose Fear of Predators

Some fish species in increasingly acidic tropical seas are losing their sense of smell and becoming easier prey for predators.

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Divided Government

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Voter Fraud

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Ukraine Pushes Tanks Toward Flashpoint Separatist City

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces toward the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

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The Chocolate King and the Gas Princess

In the midst of unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the threat of a new Russian intervention, the transitional government in Kiev is preparing for the election of a new president on May 25.

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Big Party Donors Make Congress the Marketplace of Ideas

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Top 6 Pulitzer Prize ‘Traitors’ in American Journalism

The Pulitzer Prize committee’s opinion that Edward Snowden is a public servant rather than a traitor or criminal is a scandal on the American right. But it is not a new scandal.

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What the Proposed NSA Reforms Wouldn’t Do

All the plans purport to end the bulk phone records collection program, but there are big differences.

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Pulitzer Committee Vindicates NSA Reporters With Highest Honor

“What splendid courage!” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said upon hearing the announcement. “By recognizing the astounding threat posed by the NSA to the basic freedoms our government is sworn to observe, the award effectively honors Edward Snowden and, through his example, other brave whistle-blowers.”

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TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grass-Roots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax Filing

Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.

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Greenwald, Poitras: ‘This Award Is for Snowden’

In their first return to the U.S. since exposing the NSA’s mass surveillance operations, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras received the George Polk Award for National Security Reporting in New York City on Friday.

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SCOTUS Decision

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Blow to Wingnuttery

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U.S. Press Once Again Declines to Call White Terrorism in Kansas, Nevada, White Terrorism

We had the horrible day-before-Passover attack on two Jewish community facilities outside Kansas City, Kan., allegedly committed by a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, which left three people dead.

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Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

Donors gave $312 million after the storm, but it’s not clear how exactly the money was spent.

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U.S. Sent CIA Director as Ambassador to Tehran After CIA Overthrew Iran’s Democratic Government

The decision of the Obama administration and the resolution passed by Congress barring entry to Iran’s designated ambassador to the United Nations has angered Tehran and provoked demonstrations in Iran.

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Even the 99 Percent Get Kidnapped in Mexico

Once the plutocrats’ plague, kidnapping for ransom in Mexico has gone decidedly mass market.

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AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

At a recent Pentagon news conference, the AFRICOM commander assured reporters that the U.S. “has little forward presence” in Africa. Just days earlier, however, the men building that presence told a very different story to some of the biggest military engineering firms on the planet. And the story was of war.

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The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: R Is for Rentier

Race to the bottom: A term for dog-eat-dog competition by which countries compete by cutting wage levels so as to produce in the cheapest market, not by raising wages and labor productivity.

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Greenland’s Ice Cap Is Becoming Unstable

Greenland is losing ice at an accelerating rate. The development suggests the edges of the island’s ice cap may be unstable.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies (VIDEO)

In “Moby Dick,” Herman Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle.

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Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness for ‘Evil’ of Child Abuse

In remarks quoted by Vatican radio Friday, Pope Francis personally asked forgiveness for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests.

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Ukraine Says Russia Waging ‘War’ in Separatist East

Ukraine’s acting president accused Russia on Sunday of waging war in his country’s separatist eastern rust belt and declared the launch of a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” that left at least two dead.

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‘Somebody Called the Cops on Jesus’ (Audio)

Residents of “an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes” in Davidson, N.C., now share the block with a statue depicting the Son of God as a vagrant asleep on a park bench outside a local church.

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The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: P Is for Ponzi

Parasitism: In biology, parasites develop a strategy of gaining control of the host’s brain in order to obtain nourishment by masquerading as its natural progeny or as a part of its body. For economies, the brain in question is the government.

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Clean Energy Rollout Would Shave Fraction Off Economic Growth

A landmark U.N. study published Sunday says catastrophic climate change can be averted without sacrificing living standards, concluding that “the ditching of fossil fuels is eminently affordable,” The Guardian reports.

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The Global Banking Game Is Rigged, and the FDIC Is Suing

Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative called interest-rate swaps. And the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now joined a chorus of litigants suing over it.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Derrick Gordon

The NCAA Division I basketball player’s coming out makes it easier to believe the next generation of Americans are more socially tolerant than their elders.

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