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Meeting With Mexican President Reveals Obama’s No. 1 Concern: Money

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s recent visit to the White House, which comes just months after outrage resonated throughout the world over the state-sponsored disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, proves what some of us already suspected about our own president.

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Study: We Have to Leave Fossil Fuels Where They Are or Climate Change Will Reach Dangerous Levels

It may seem like a no-brainer, but now there’s scientific evidence to support the idea that if humans want to avoid catastrophe, we’ll have to stop tapping into underground fossil fuels.

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Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About the Recent Boko Haram Massacre in Nigeria?

It seems the 17 dead Parisians are worth more in the mass media’s eyes than the estimated 2,000 people killed in the town of Baga, Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram on Friday.

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Twitter Mirth Erupts After Fox’s Steve Emerson Reveals ‘No-Go’ Zone for Non-Muslims in U.K.

Steve Emerson, a major figure in the Islamophobic network, delivered himself of the most remarkable set of weird conspiracy theories on Fox Cable News in which he claimed there were extensive Muslim no-go zones in Europe that amounted to a stealth caliphate ruled by Shariah enforcers.

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The Deja Vu Election

I don’t believe the nation is eager to see the 2016 presidential race devolve into a contest of attrition among the tired, the shopworn, the unviable and the famously surnamed. For the moment, however, this is the direction in which history appears to be trudging.

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The Government May Actually Do Something to Decrease Meat Production Quite Soon

New government issued dietary guidelines may include a dagger to the heart of the meat industry; Noam Chomsky weighs in on the recent Paris attacks; meanwhile, a scientist who provided the main support for the existence of gluten sensitivity subsequently disproved much of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Name-Changer

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Charlie Hebdo Team Regrets Not Parading Caricatures of Hypocritical World Leaders at Paris Rally

“Oh, well,” said Luz, a cartoonist. “You can’t think of everything.”

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After Paris Attacks, Could Racist Parties Sweep to Power in Europe?

Anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia were already raging through Europe before the Kouashi al-Qaida cell targeted the staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli in Paris.

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Do Not Expect Silence

Wednesday I lost four brothers — none of whom I’d ever met. Stephane Charbonnier, aka “Charb”; Jean Cabut, aka “Cabu”; Georges Wolinski; and Bernard Verlhac, aka “Tignous,” were the cartoonists assassinated along with their colleagues at Charlie Hebdo.

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From Yemen to Paris: The al-Qaida Franchise from the 15th to the 60th Parallel N.

Analysts have been understandably cautious about the nature of the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo staff and a Jewish deli in Paris.

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The Enemy Within

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The Muslims’ War on Terror: Yes, They’re Condemning the Paris Attacks

When American commentators complain that Muslim authorities have not sufficiently denounced the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris, they show a profound ignorance of the current situation in the Middle East.

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Gifts to Christie Raise Big Ethics Questions

Gov. Chris Christie’s appearances at professional football games to cheer on his beloved Dallas Cowboys have led to questions about why his favorite team isn’t a New Jersey local like the Jets, Giants or Eagles. But Christie’s bromance with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raises an even thornier question.

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Political Cartoonists From Around the Globe React to the Charlie Hebdo Attack

The international response to Wednesday’s attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been varied and extremely powerful.

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Charlie Hebdo Freedom

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Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture

Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi, one of the gunmen the French police are searching for, would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with 2 policemen.

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Jon Stewart’s Moving Response to Charlie Hebdo Attack: Comedy Shouldn’t Have to Be an Act of Courage

The “Daily Show” host offers his condolences and his take on Wednesday’s tragic attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.

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Why al-Qaida Attacked Charlie Hebdo Satirists in Paris

The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public.

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U.K. Plan Proposes That Child Care Professionals Report Toddlers at Risk of Becoming Terrorists

In a proposed British anti-terror plan, children would be profiled by their caretakers to determine whether they’ll become terrorists; how Americans perceive the reasons behind the cost of gas is skewed; meanwhile, lacking time due to busyness may be mostly a problem of perception. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox

The folk-wisdom incorporated into the story of the Tar Baby and Br’er Rabbit applies to the Middle Eastern wars from which the United States and the West want to retreat, but again and again find themselves caught deep in the tar.

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Why Was 2014 Hottest Year on Record? The Humans Did It

A Japanese team has confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Moreover, ten of the warmest years have occurred since 1998.

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You Can Probably Forget About the New IRS Rules on Dark Money Being Ready Before the 2016 Election

The IRS faces a number of hurdles before its new regulations for social welfare nonprofits can be finalized, including potential opposition from Congress.

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‘It’s Getting Harder to Tell the Difference Between Someone Running for President or Joining a Cult’

It’s been 2015 for only a few days but all the media can talk about is the 2016 presidential election, and that includes “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart.

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Ready to Govern

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Time for the GOP to Pitch In

With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation’s sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

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We as Individuals Became ‘Ever More Powerless’ and ‘Unable to Challenge Anything’ in 2014

In “Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe,” the British satirist and creator of the dystopian show “Black Mirror” takes a hard look at the news highlights of the past year and comes to the grim realization that we live in a time in which the powers that be are continually destabilizing what we understand as reality to further exert their control over the masses.

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How Iran’s President Hasan Rowhani Plans to Sidestep Hard-Liners With a Referendum

President Hasan Rowhani, a reformer, is worried about being stymied in his economic and diplomatic initiatives by regime hard-liners.

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The Conscience of Mario Cuomo

There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age.

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The GOP’s Bad Habit

Here’s some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general.

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What Would Happen If the International Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002.

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Open Mind on Guns

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The Animal Kingdom Has Been Up to Some Freaky Sexual Antics Lately

Some seals have taken a liking to sex with penguins while an octopus was found to have strangled its lover; meanwhile, 2014 was filled with protests and strikes along with technology failures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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2015 Tea

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Why Egypt’s Threat to Arrest Amal Clooney Will Hurt Its Economy

Amal Clooney was threatened with jail by Egyptian authorities last February if she released a report in Cairo on flaws in the Egyptian judiciary that had been commissioned by the International Bar Association.

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We Made Progress in 2014, but There’s Far More to Do in 2015 (Video)

We’ve made progress this past year — raising the minimum wage in dozens of states and cities, providing equal marriage rights in a majority of states, limiting carbon emissions.

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President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015

Barack Obama wanted to be the president who got the U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned America’s diplomatic energies to the more promising Pacific Rim.

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Afghanistan War

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New Year Reflections

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