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The Country That Actually Started the Middle East Nuclear Arms Race (Hint: Not Iran)

As the Iran deal is debated, it’s important to keep in mind who’s responsible for the nuclear arms race in the Middle East; turns out a “useless liberal arts degree” has become a hot commodity in the tech world; meanwhile, a writer questions Donald Trump’s dubious mob ties. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Plutonians of Color

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart Reveals the Truth About His Not-So-Secret Meetings With President Obama

After a media storm let out over allegedly secret meetings at the White House, Jon Stewart admits that President Obama was probably trying to influence him. However, it turns out Obama’s not the only president to have summoned Stewart.

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VIDEOS: Bernie Sanders Launches ‘Political Revolution’ With 100K Virtual House Partiers

Bernie Sanders spoke from a house party in Washington, D.C., to supporters gathering in 3500 homes and other locations around the country in groups ranging from 7-8 to 80 or 90.

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The Price John Boehner Pays

Republicans are talking a good deal about the threat to their brand posed by Donald Trump’s unplugged, unrestrained appeal to the party’s untamed side. There’s a bigger danger looming.

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Federal Judge Reveals the Shocking Truth About Our Broken Criminal Justice System

Alex Kozinski, a Reagan-appointed California judge, explains why Americans need to open their eyes and realize that the U.S. justice system is far from just.

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart Won’t Let an Ethiopian Anthropologist ‘Jump In on the Trump Action’

In a clip dedicated to President Obama’s trip to Africa, the “Daily Show” host marvels at the fact that “across all the world’s cultures, the two things we share seem to be music and Trump jokes.”

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VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Why Israel and the U.S. Created the Myth of the Iranian Nuclear Threat

“The real question is: Why is the [Iran] deal being pursued?” the renowned linguist and political commentator asks in a discussion with Antonio Mora on Al-Jazeera America. “What exactly is the threat of Iran?”

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The Middle Class, Too, Is Keeping Poor Kids Back, U.K. Study Finds

A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission in the United Kingdom found that wealthier parents hoard the best opportunities for their own children, ensuring that smarter kids who are financially disadvantaged stay put in the socioeconomic hierarchy.

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How the Progressive Mindset Is Holding the Left Back and Placing the World in the Right’s Lap

George Lakoff, a cognitive science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, argues convincingly that the left makes several grave mistakes with regard to how it frames issues and by doing so has ceded important ground to the right.

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The Top Six Signs That Islamic State Is Doomed (Video)

Here are some signs that we won’t be talking about the Islamic State group in just a few years.

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Obama Slams Republican Candidates’ ‘Lack of Decorum’

Breaking with diplomatic protocol, the president lashed out at Republican presidential candidates including Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz during an official visit to Ethiopia.

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Americans’ Political Attitudes Polarized but Ambivalent

So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond.

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VIDEO: John Oliver: Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Are a Relic of Reagan-Era Drug Paranoia

The “Last Week Tonight” host makes the compelling case for not only getting rid of mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug offenses, but for passing legislation that would allow existing prisoners to apply to have their sentences reduced retroactively.

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Turkey’s New ‘War on Terror’ Mainly Targets Kurds (Video)

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (Islamic State) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead.

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Judge Says Migrant Children Are Being Held in ‘Widespread Deplorable Conditions,’ Orders Release

Federal Judge Dolly M. Gee has deemed that the detention of Central American migrant children and mothers at the U.S. border not only violates American law but also jeopardizes the families’ health and safety.

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VIDEO: Donald Trump Was a ‘POW’ ... Yes, Wharton Is Hell

Like Sen. John McCain, presidential hopeful Donald Trump suffered torture during the Vietnam War, says Funny or Die.

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Donald Trump’s Mouth

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Let’s Celebrate Medicare’s Birthday by Recognizing the Truth About the Program

Medicare turns 50 next week and it’s more popular than ever. Yet it continues to be blamed for America’s current and future budget problems.

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Obama in Kenya: Why the Horn of Africa Matters to Geopolitics (Video)

President Obama’s visit to Kenya is of course personal, though he has been there before both as a civilian and as a senator. But it also has a geopolitical and economic dimension.

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Here’s the Terrible Mistake Progressives Must Not Make

Of course black lives matter. But it would be a mistake for progressives to split into separate “Black lives matter” and “economic justice” movements.

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The Dark Money Shark

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VIDEO: Jon Stewart: The Way the World’s Going, a Nuclear Iran’s Gonna Be the Least of Our Problems

In an inspired rant, the “Daily Show” host explains why climate change, consumerism, Ebola and other such concerns are far more pressing than whether Iran will become a nuclear power in 10 to 15 years, as some conservatives allege.

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A Cuban Flag Flies Again in Washington

On July 20, history was made in Washington, D.C., and in Havana, Cuba.

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Raising Your Candidate

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Donald Trump Has the GOP Establishment’s Number

The problems that bother us most are the ones we bring on ourselves. This is why Republicans are so out of sorts with Donald Trump.

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Are Arab Oil Monarchies Divided Over the Iran Deal? (Video)

There is reason to think that the fabulously wealthy Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprised of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, is deeply divided over the U.N. Security Council deal with Iran.

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Donald Trump: The Fire-Breathing Dragon

Don’t be sure the John McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

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Welcome to the Post-Capitalist Era

Could it be that while we were caught up in crisis after crisis, we somehow missed the end of capitalism as we know it?

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VIDEO: Obama Announces a New Executive Order During His Last Chat With Jon Stewart

President Obama discusses senioritis, the Iran deal, the media and ideas for social progress with Jon Stewart, and also makes an important decision regarding the “Daily Show” host.

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Your GI Bill Tax Dollars Are Paying People to Learn New Ways to Masturbate

Since 2009, $260 million U.S. tax dollars have been spent on unaccredited schools, thanks to a loophole in the GI Bill.

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Terrorist Kills 31 at Socialist Rally for Kobane in Turkey (Video)

On Monday, a young woman aged 18 detonated a suicide bomb belt at a socialist youth rally in Suruç, Turkey, just 10 miles from the border with Syria.

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T-Rump

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Trump Surge

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VIDEO: John Oliver: We Waste a Third of Our Food While American Families Go Hungry

The “Last Week Tonight” host lists the moral, environmental and, yes, even financial reasons why, as a country, the U.S. needs to stop wasting so much food.

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Jade Helm

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Why a Kasich-Walker Confrontation Would Be Especially Enlightening

Republicans won’t win the presidency in 2016 without making inroads in the Midwest. Happily for the GOP, two Midwestern governors are running for their party’s nomination.

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Iran’s Khamenei Praises Nuclear Deal but Slams U.S. Foreign Policy (Video)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical Leader, appeared to be attempting to mollify hard-liners in his Friday prayers addresses.

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Chattanooga Shooting

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VIDEO: Texas Finds ‘No Wrongdoing’ in Burial of Hundreds of Immigrants in Unmarked Mass Graves

“Democracy Now!” hosts Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh discuss mass graves found in Brooks County, Texas, where many bodies were buried without identification in trash bags by a funeral home that charged taxpayers thousands of dollars.

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Lame Duck

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Winners and Losers of the Iran Deal in the Greater Middle East (Video)

The end of most U.N. and European sanctions on Iran and the likely end of U.S. third-party sanctions are shaping how regional states see the Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

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Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

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