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U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson

Bombs, Boots and Bluster Won’t Work

President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down—maddeningly so, some complain—but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate.

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Is Diablo Canyon California’s Fukushima-in-Waiting?

The Diablo Canyon Power Plant sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Francisco. More significantly, it is nestled in a thicket of fault lines, some only recently discovered.

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When Moderates Fight Back

The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem.

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Bob McDonnell

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Christie Showboat

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California Trial Places Mortgage Blame on Bankers

In an “unprecedented” trial that challenges the Obama administration’s official position on who was responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown, a Sacramento jury in late August thwarted a federal prosecutor’s effort to charge borrowers with mortgage fraud after the defense successfully argued that executives who signed off on the loans didn’t care whether answers given on mortgage applications were accurate.

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The 5 Things You Need to Know Today About the Fight Against ISIL

All the governments in the Arab League are afraid of ISIL.

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John Oliver on Student Debt: Our Leaders Have Decided Education Is Not Important Enough to Pay For

In an inspired back-to-school rant, John Oliver encourages college freshmen to enjoy every last second of what will undoubtedly be the best years of their lives since every year that comes after will be marked with crushing, inescapable debt.

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Miss America

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How Not to Win Hearts and Minds in Africa

The U.S. is trying to win a war for the hearts and minds of Africa. But a Pentagon investigation suggests that those mystery projects somewhere out there in Djibouti or Ethiopia or Kenya or here in Tanzania may well be orphaned, ill-planned and undocumented failures-in-the-making.

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Fresh Water Causes Antarctic Seas to Rise Faster

Researchers in the U.K. have established that billions of tonnes of fresh water from melting glaciers are causing Antarctic sea levels to rise much higher and faster than the global average.

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Would a U.S./NATO War in Syria Be Legal in International Law?

Efforts are being made in Congress to give President Barack Obama the formal authority to conduct airstrikes in Syria against ISIL.

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Driving American Politics Underground

Seizure of institutions by corporate power means our real political life has been transferred to groups that operate outside the system.

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Obama Previews U.S. Response to ISIS: ‘We’re Going to Defeat Them’

On Sunday, as the U.S. military announced that it had initiated airstrikes targeting ISIS in western Iraq, President Obama made an appearance on “Meet the Press” to give a sense of what he’ll have to say on Wednesday when he formally outlines America’s strategy for targeting the militant Islamist group.

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Are Think Tanks Selling Influence to Foreign Powers?

More than a dozen D.C. think tanks on which experts rely for independent research and policy analysis “have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities,” a New York Times investigation found.

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Ask the Pizza Hut Guy

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Burgers and Bullets

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L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publication

In a revelation that seems to vindicate long-aired warnings about how state intimidation worsens the corruption of a press already defanged by the implosion of its financial model, documents obtained by The Intercept show that a prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times “routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication.”

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Less Snow Won’t End Blizzard Hazard

New research predicts that while there will be less snow in a warming world, the sort of severe snowstorms that caused chaos in the U.S. this year will remain a serious hazard.

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‘I’m the Jihadi Who Never Was’

As ISIS continues to draw zealous young recruits from the West to the fronts in Syria and Iraq, Michael Muhammad Knight, whom The Guardian has described as “the Hunter S. Thompson of Islamic literature,” tells of how his American upbringing almost made him into a warrior for jihad.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: NATO, BP Accountability, Politics of Joan Rivers

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss NATO’s coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies “on everybody, but we didn’t know about ISIS”; a judge’s ruling on BP’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

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China May Be Ready to Kick Coal Habit

Signs are hopeful that China, the world’s No.1 emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to become less reliant on the polluting coal that powered its rapid economic rise.

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CDC Study Finds 1 in 5 U.S. Women Have Been Victims of Rape and That’s Not Even the Scariest Part

A report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 23 million women and about 2 million men in the United States had been raped at some point during their lives. But other numbers in the findings are perhaps even more frightening.

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Funny or Die’s Satirical ‘Cops: Ferguson’ Episode Shows Just How Far Police Militarization Has Gone

“A lot of cities like to use violence as a last resort,” a Ferguson policeman played by David Koechner says in a recent Funny or Die video clip, “but we’ve found it’s pretty fun to use it as a first resort.”

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BP Ruling

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Criminal Governor

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Digital Privacy

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Elon Musk’s Nevada Gigafactory May Save the World (Video)

It will take time to de-suburbanize the U.S. and move habitations and jobs back into manageable cities, but the world doesn’t have that much time. That’s why Tesla Motors’ new gigafactory is very, very good news.

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The Bankruptcy of Detroit and the Division of America

Detroit is a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they’d otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans.

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Obama and Cameron Find Little Enthusiasm at NATO for New Iraq War

The NATO summit in Wales was supposed to be all about getting out of Afghanistan. Instead, two new issues dominated it—Ukraine and ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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Our Challenge With Islam

Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State—whichever goal President Obama chooses—will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.

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The GOP’s Worst Fear: High Voter Turnout

It is rare for a politician to publicly deride efforts to boost voter turnout. It is seen as a taboo in a country that prides itself on its democratic ideals. Yet, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week slammed efforts to simplify voter registration.

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White House/Pete Souza

Obama Beyond the Sound Bite

In contemplating President Obama’s foreign policy, Mark Twain’s reference to Richard Wagner’s music—it’s “better than it sounds”—comes to mind.

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Poverty Wages

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Islamic State Cancer

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NATO Approves Eastern European Force

NATO approved plans for a 4,000 person rapid response force based in Eastern Europe and aimed at reassuring members near the Russian border that any military action against member countries would be regarded as a threat to all of the organization’s constituents.

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ISIS Religion

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

This novel, nominated for the Man Booker Prize, examines a group of Australian POWs during WWII as individuals, and their efforts to cling to the trappings of civilization no matter how slight or futile.

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12 Theses on Education in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

The goal of neoliberal education policies is not to improve education, but rather to increase the profits of private corporations. As long as the United States continues to view educational policy and practice through the lens of market-based values, there is little hope that progressive education, with its aim of educating students for critical citizenship and social and economic justice, will survive.

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Sun Sheds Light on Arctic Carbon Puzzle

Scientists discover that, as the Arctic continues to warm, sunlight will be the major cause of CO2 escaping into the atmosphere from vegetation preserved in frozen soil.

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Hillary Clinton’s Spat With NPR and the Looming Gay Trouble

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The perennial presidential favorite has difficulty dropping her anti-gay baggage, Michael Sam has a team, activists upstage the U.N. climate summit and a subprime car loan bubble gets fueled. Plus: Who are the Net neutrality 1 percenters?

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Hillary Clinton’s Spat With NPR and the Looming Gay Trouble

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The perennial presidential favorite has difficulty dropping her anti-gay baggage, Michael Sam has a team, activists upstage the U.N. climate summit, and a subprime car loan bubble gets fueled. Plus: Who are the Net neutrality 1 percenters?

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Houdini Lean

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Dreams of America: Work in Progress

Can the American imaginary be depicted?

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How Businesses Get Enriched by Taxes

Millions of tax-paying Americans pick up the check left by multinational corporations that escape their obligations while enjoying all the benefits of doing business in America—including tax credits of up to 33 cents for every dollar of profit—David Cay Johnston writes at Newsweek.

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Obama and NATO Allies Signal Support for Ukraine at Wales Summit

In an expected show of solidarity, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and other NATO delegates meeting in Wales on Thursday agreed to disagree with Moscow over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and readied new sanctions against Russia.

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Current Trends Follow Book Predicting Global Collapse

Research from the University of Melbourne found forecasts made in the 1972 book “Limits to Growth” regarding resource use, population growth, industrial output and other factors of the world’s economy and ecosystems to be accurate.

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A Global Warming President Presides Over Drill-Baby-Drill America

We should certainly be witnessing real progress toward a post-petroleum economy. But the opposite is occurring. U.S. oil consumption climbed by 400,000 barrels per day in 2013 alone and is set to rise again both this year and next.

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Will Justice Scalia Apologize for His Part in Keeping an Innocent Man Imprisoned for 30 Years?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once held that one of two North Carolina men who were freed this week after decades due to DNA evidence should be killed under the death penalty; a “war” within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is breaking out; meanwhile, a human rights lawyer was recently arrested after standing on a sidewalk during a pro-Palestinian rally in New York City while waiting for her children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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