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The furious and frustrated electorate should be careful when they demand change in the upcoming midterm elections -- because what they get may well be very different from what they actually want.

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We could easily slip into another Great Depression if our leaders continue to heed the chattering class on the deficit. But cutting spending is not just bad economics; it's bad politics, too.

Save the Trees, Save the Planet

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What would the wealthy nations of the West (and their rising rivals in the East) do if they actually wanted to prevent catastrophic warming? Here in Africa, the obvious answer is that they would find the ways and means to discourage deforestation.

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The years of detainee abuse and constitutional violations cannot be dismissed so easily, because the past is still with us -- and so are the dangers that drew America's leaders toward the dark side.

Israel From 10,000 Feet

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The government of Israel is supposedly run by the Jewish state's toughest and most ardent defenders, but so far they have inflicted worse damage on its security and its future than its enemies ever could.So far Israel's conservative leaders have inflicted worse damage on its security and its future than its enemies ever could.

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Rand Paul, tea party flavor of the month, is said to be avoiding "overexposure." When he emerges from hiding and explains his most extreme positions, even many Republicans may think twice or three times before they vote for him.

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The more we learn about the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the more we ought to question the basic assumptions that led us here.

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Within hours after the car bomb fizzled in Times Square, the nonstop noise resumed on Fox News and talk radio, warning that the Barack Obama administration is failing to protect us.

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Discredited as the financial powers are, their wealth alone continues to provide them with wildly disproportionate influence over the political process.

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