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The "public face of social liberalism" is synonymous with "an endless list of things that you can't do or say or think, and with the constant threat of being called an existentially bad person if you say the wrong thing," journalist Freddie deBoer writes.

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Was lead a driver of the late 20th century surge in violent crime, drops in IQ, cognitive deficits and incidences of ADHD? Mounting evidence at the national, state, city and individual levels -- and across the world -- strongly suggest it was.

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For all this talk about the need for more jobs, politicians and the corporate media rarely discuss whether those positions empower individuals rather than simply boosting the economy.

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Though many conservatives would rather not discuss it, not all taxes are created equal. Sure, the federal income tax is progressive (though less so than in the past), but payroll and state taxes -- which include levies on income, property, sales and various fees -- are not, and the differences between the top 1 percent and the bottom 20 percent can be large.

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