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Egypt Cancels Revolution Fete to Mourn the Saudi King Who Derailed Revolution

In a great irony, the Egyptian government attempted to cancel the commemoration of the January 25 revolution four years ago, on the grounds that the late King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia needed to be mourned.

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Why Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide the Cheap, Fast Internet Obama Wants You to Have

Obama hailed the benefits of an open Internet in his State of the Union address. Here’s what it is and how he’s trying to make it happen.

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How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

The kingdom faces a severe budget shortfall because of the plummeting price of petroleum, and all this instability takes place against a backdrop of substantial regional turmoil.

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U.S. Freezes Drone Strikes in Yemen as That Nation’s Government Falls

Thousands demonstrated in Sanaa on Saturday morning against the Houthi takeover of the Yemeni government.

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Big Tax Bills for the Poor, Tiny Ones for the Rich

The rich are certainly entitled to their own opinions—but, as the old saying goes, nobody is entitled to his or her own facts.

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On Offense

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Common Ground

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We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

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A Real-Life Murder Mystery Is Unraveling in Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner first called the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman a suicide. Now she’s calling it a murder.

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Is the Democratic Party Committing Suicide?

A writer argues that progressives should be wary of following the Democratic Party down a path of self-destruction; Facebook is now cited in a third of divorce cases in the U.K. as evidence of “inappropriate behavior”; and applicants can now read what college admissions committees write about them during their decision process. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Israel’s Netanyahu Is Being Imported by GOP to Ensure a War With Iran

Republican House Majority leader John Boehner secretly invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington to address Congress and then once it was set up he let Barack Obama know about it.

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Imagine Something Different

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address.

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Obama: Damn the Torpedoes

“This is good news, people.” With those five words, President Obama made clear that he thinks it’s far more important to win a long-term argument with his partisan and ideological opponents than to pretend that they are eager to seize opportunities to work with him.

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State of the Union

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Dream vs. Reality

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Log Jam

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Airstrike in Syria: Is Israel Trying to Help al-Qaida Fight Against Hezbollah and Iran?

There are several questions around the Israeli helicopter gunship strike on Mazari` al-Amal in Syria’s Quneitra Province, which killed Hezbollah personnel and an Iranian general.

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Nerds, Rejoice: Obama Promises to Send Astronauts to Mars ... to Stay

What is it about men in the twilight of their presidencies that has them reaching to the stars?

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Watch the 2015 State of the Union

Full text of the speech and video after the jump.

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If Rick Santorum Runs Again, He’ll Try to Be Less ‘Crazy’ and ‘Dumb’

Former Pennsylvania senator and tea party favorite Rick Santorum told NBC News he’s not sure if he’ll run for president in 2016, but if he does he’ll try to be more palatable.

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A Well Explicated Militia

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What Change Sounds Like

The rumblings you are hearing from the right are the sounds of an old consensus in the process of disintegrating.

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MLK Day

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Exploiting Charlie Hebdo

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The Super Rich Own Half the World

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The World’s 1 Percent Will Own More Than the Other 99 Percent Combined by 2016

Can we please stop calling it the “wealth gap”? The figures Oxfam recently reported on global inequality can only be described as a growing abyss between the world’s über-rich and the rest of us.

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For the First Time in Decades, Over Half of America’s Public School Students Live in Poverty

A recent shift in public school demographics mirrors the wider picture of growing poverty and dramatic inequality that has come to characterize American society.

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Are Conservatives Actually Becoming More Compassionate?

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on inequality as America’s fundamental economic problem.

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Why Martin Luther King Jr. Would Support Obama’s Tax on the Super-Rich

In one of his last speeches, at Grosse Point, MI., the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., laid out his next campaign, the one he died pursuing. It was not about civil rights for minorities but economic rights for “the other America.”

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Romney Runs

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Keystone XL Pie in the Sky

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Here Are 7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

Changes for abortion, contraception and more top the agendas of Republicans in the majority in Congress and many state legislatures.

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Perry’s Farewell

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President Hollande: Anti-Muslimism Is as Bad as Anti-Semitism

French President Francois Hollande addressed the Institute of the Arab World on Friday, in a bid to reassure French Muslims, who fear being the victims of a collective guilt campaign or reprisals after the attack of radicals on Charlie Hebdo.

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Top 7 Things to Know About the Belgian Anti-Terror Op That Left 2 Dead

Belgian police launched a counter-terrorism operation on Thursday in the eastern city of Verviers near the German border.

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Princeton Study Uses the ‘O’ Word to Describe American Politics

This won’t come as a total shock, but there’s some new hard data to back up what we already suspect anecdotally: Our democracy is really an oligarchy.

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MLK’s Call for Economic Justice

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s economic message was fiery and radical. To our society’s great shame, it has also proved timeless.

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Mitt’s Chapeau

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The Windy City’s New Gift to Big Campaign Donors

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. Unless you ask Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Panic Button

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‘The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore’ Promises to Give a ‘Voice to the Underrepresented’

Stephen Colbert left a big hole in late night political comedy, but Larry Wilmore, the former “senior black correspondent” of “The Daily Show,” promises to fill that space with something “different.”

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Whip Steve Scalise

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Will France Intervene in Yemen as a Result of al-Qaida Claim?

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in South Yemen, claimed Wednesday to have been behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week.

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Leader of the Free World

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Reciting This Bilingual Poem in Schools Apparently Violates Arizona’s Absurd Ethnic Studies Law

“Tú eres mi otro yo/ You are my other me,” begins a section of a poem often taught in Arizona classrooms.

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Accountability

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Nous Sommes Al Bab?

Cries of solidarity such as “Je Suis Charlie” don’t seem to apply when the U.S. kills civilians in Syria; an Oklahoma state senator wants to ban hoodies in public; meanwhile, for the first time in recent Egyptian history, two dozen men were acquitted of “charges of homosexuality.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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In Call for Tolerance, Merkel Says Islam ‘Belongs to Germany’

“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And it’s humanly reprehensible. Xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a recent rally in Berlin.

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Years After Tobacco Deals, SEC Says Rating Agencies Are Still Conflicted

The latest Securities and Exchange Commission examination of credit rating firms found problems similar to those documented in ProPublica’s investigation of tobacco bonds.

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